The controversial 2003 film directed by Ang Lee
based on Marvel Comics
' The Incredible Hulk
Dr. David Banner was a researcher for the U.S. military, finding ways to enhance soldiers genetically
. Denied permission to use human test subjects, he began experimenting on himself
, and later on his son Bruce, who inherited something
from his father. Everything ends when Lt. Colonel "Thunderbolt" Ross discovers David's experiments, and Banner sets off the military base's (nuclear and green) self-destruct mechanism before something happens
with him and Bruce's mother...
Years later, Bruce "Krenzler" (Eric Bana) is an emotionally repressed researcher at UC Berkeley working on using a combination of gamma radiation and nanomachines
for medical purposes; they're able to get the test animals to heal, but they keep exploding in cancerous growth. Adding to his stress are his co-worker and ex-girlfriend Betty Ross
), and Glenn Talbot, who's trying to buy Bruce's lab from Betty on behalf of her father, General
Ross. Bruce is forced to Take The Bullet
for a lab tech who got trapped with a gamma-ray emitter about to go off and nanomachines in the air
, and... wakes up later completely normal. Well, better
than normal; all of his minor aches and pains have somehow healed themselves. Still, somehow he survived when every frog who went through this exploded — and Talbot, Ross, and the weird new janitor (Nick Nolte) are all very interested in what Bruce has done...
The film did alright with critics but was ultimately a box office bust. It broke even and had a "sequel"/reboot
made five years later. It was (in)famous for the Internet Backdraft
that accompanied its release, especially when a full cut was leaked for download to much nerd rage. Surprisingly, despite the reboot taking the opposite track both films did almost exactly the same with critics
(though the reboot has a far higher Imdb rating), which may be a measure of how popular the character is in the mainstream. Nonetheless, the 2003 film is slowly becoming something of a Cult Classic
in certain circles; whatever else you can say about it, it's certainly not a film people feel neutral about.
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