Film / The Amazing Bulk

The Amazing Bulk is a movie directed by Lewis Schoenbrun. It takes place in a bizarre green-screen world, where a scientist gets transformed into a bulky purple CGI humanoid. It must be seen to be disbelieved.

Review by Obscurus Lupa here. Also showed up on an episode of Red Letter Media's Best of the Worst. Also reviewed by I Hate Everything here.

The Amazing Bulk provides examples of:

  • Acrofatic: The Bulk is very fat, but that doesn't stop him from outrunning helicopters.
  • Alliterative Name: Dr. Henry Howard.
  • Anachronism Stew: During the chase scene, the military attacks the Bulk with a cruise missile, an archer, a Bradley IFV, a soldier with an M-16, a wooden sail ship, a Hind gunship, the Greek God Zeus, a superhero, Davey Crockett, Robin Hood, the Red Baron, and an F-15 jet fighter carrying a nuclear bomb.
  • Art Shift: Nothing about the movie's ungodly weird setting is consistent. Especially at the amazing bulk chase scene where you could swear that this is came from an extremely nonsensical animated CGI toontown video, then it comes back to live-action green-screen movie.
  • Ax-Crazy: General Darwin had shades of this with his fairly menacing smile and syringe in the prison, but goes full force when trying to kill Henry.
  • Back from the Dead: Henry literally rises from his grave as the Bulk when Ray pees on his grave, and promptly bashes his head in as the film ends.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Dr. Kantlove, and General Darwin. It turns out that they were working with each other, until Kantlove outlived his usefulness.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Dr. Kantlove, who setting himself up to be the main villain by destroying most of the bizarre world with his missiles, and tries to blow up the moon. He failed miserably at that, and when he confronts the Bulk, he is easily defeated. Then the real Big Bad reveals he used Dr. Kantlove as a pawn, and used the Bulk to get rid of him.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Ray and Lisa don't ever stop to reload their guns while they're trailing the Bulk. Of course, when Ray catches Henry lying shirtless in an alley, he's out of bullets.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Dr. Kantlove really seems to enjoy what he does.
  • Chase Fight: 90% of the Bulk's screen time is spent running away from something. Cops chase after him, while he runs around green-screen city, knocking around cars, phone booths, and poles by slightly brushing aside them. At one point he chases after Dr. Kantlove's mooks, killing them by stepping on them. The "epic climactic" scene in the movie is him running all over the CGI world, being pursued by the military, and being attacked by random things like Zeus, Robin Hood, and a pirate ship, while he runs and runs until he runs into a kamikaze communist man riding a nuclear bomb.
  • Chroma Key: The entire movie is like this, and not particularly well.
  • Disney Villain Death: General Darwin falls down off the balcony with Henry and they both die.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Hey, doesn't that spacecraft rhythmically inserting and removing a stick-shaped portion of itself into a hole in another spacecraft look sort of like something else? It's kind of subtle. Luckily, the filmmakers understood the audience would have difficulty comprehending this clever gag, so they made the scene go on for three minutes.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: If the Bulk so much as brushes against a car with his knee, it blows up.
  • Five-Bad Band: Everyone is out to get the bulk, and they are all working together:
    • Big Bad: General Darwin, the true villain of the film.
    • The Dragon: The Air Force Pilot, who eagerly takes orders from the general to drop the atomic bomb to finally kill the Bulk.
    • The Brute: Ray, a detective who isn't all that bright, and tries to arrest the Bulk.
    • The Evil Genius: Dr. Werner von Kantlove, who is secretly funding General Darwin's super serum project.
    • The Dark Chick: Lolita Kantlove, Dr. Kantlove's wife and Harley Quinn Expy.
    • Team Pet: The CGI dog that often hangs out with the two villains, and appears to be chasing after the Bulk in the climax.
  • Fonts: Comic Sans is used for the titles. Yes, Comic Sans.
  • For the Evulz: Dr. Kantlove's motivation for nuking most of the world. That or generic villainy. General Darwin seems to be this too enacting most of the plot while smiling and laughing evilly. The Air Force Pilot sounds like he gets too much pleasure from dropping a random communist suicide bomber on top of a nuke.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Dr. Kantlove and General Darwin.
  • General Ripper: General Darwin is an exaggerated example. Goes with General Failure as well, he doesn't seem to mind Dr. Kantlove blowing up the world as he was using him for funding, and only had him killed by the Bulk only because he had no further use for the madman. Most of the destruction from the bulk are because he wanted the super serum, and had no problems sending his CGI military blowing up everything around them trying to kill the bulk, including dropping a seemingly unwilling CGI suicide bomber. He seems more concerned with a "deadbeat son-in-law," and accumulating dust in his house; he believes dust bunnies are plotting to take over.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: A pair of news reporters in a helicopter fly down to get some pictures of the big purple thing rampaging throughout the city. The Bulk grabs their chopper and it blows up.
  • Infant Immortality: During the final chase between Bulk and the military. The kids on the soccer field, as well as all the other characters in the scenes Bulk runs through, remain unaffected by the explosions being caused.
  • Invincible Hero: Bulk gets a nuclear bomb dropped on him, and he survives unscathed. Averted when Henry in his normal form "dies" from falling off a balcony.
  • Lack of Empathy: General Darwin doesn't seem to care too much for the world or his daughter, doing everything he does at their expense, and eager to use and kill what he considers to be a deadbeat son-in-law, even in front of her.
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Kantlove.
  • The Mockbuster: To The Incredible Hulk. Kind of.
  • Obviously Evil: General Darwin is far too openly sinister about his projects. It's no surprise at all that he turns out to be the real Big Bad.
    General Darwin: [with a slasher smile holds a syringe] What's up, Doc? Hehehahahahaha!!!
  • Off Model: In so many spots that it's difficult to find what's "on model," if at all.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX:
    • One shot of Bulk's hands are actual Hulk Hand toys recolored purple!
    • Almost every background in the final chase scene is clearly taken from some stock animation source. And Bulk himself looks like a standard Poser model with a heavy amount of tweaking.
  • Say My Name: Ray, after Lisa dies.
  • Shout-Out: There are numerous references to the films of Stanley Kubrick. Most prominently, the name of Dr. Kantlove, the kamikaze communist riding the bomb, and the use of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" in the soundtrack are all homages to Dr. Strangelove. There is also a scene of satellites in space reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the name of Dr. Kantlove's assistant is a nod to Kubrick's adaptation of Lolita.
  • Slasher Smile: General Darwin gives one when he sees Henry imprisoned.
  • Smug Snake: General Darwin seems far too pleased with himself for his petty evil actions.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The intense final chase is set against an instrumental version of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".
  • Villainous Breakdown: General Darwin gets enraged seeing Henry alive, and angrily tries to kill him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: General Darwin tries to do this to Henry after he got the serum, and after he used Henry to kill Dr. Kantlove, who outlived his usefulness to the General.
  • Your Size May Vary: There is absolutely no coherency about the size of the Bulk.