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2000s, Alternative Reality, Superheroes

Hancock (2008)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan
Additional Info The script had been knocking about for ten years before Vince Gilligan had a go at it. It cost a lot but made money, including $50 million on its opening weekend.
Director Peter Berg
Starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Edie Marsan, Johnny Galecki,
Elevator Pitch Hancock is an anti-superhero. He has all the attributes but is a drunk, hence although he fights crime and rescues people, he usually does a lot of damage, and is disliked by the public and the media. Then a PR man, who he rescues from a train crash, decides to rehabilitate him, resulting in the superhero doing time in prison, wearing a suitable uniform and generally cleaning up his act. But the PR man’s wife does not seem to like him, for no accountable reason. Does she have a secret agenda?
Content The superhero fights crime and rescues people while creating mayhem in the city (of LA). The PR man pitches his project to bosses, and enjoys family life with his wife, and son from a previous marriage. The superhero spends time in prison. There are further violent confrontations resulting in damage to the environment. There is no nudity, and (apparently) one implied sex act, but a lot of drinking.
A View Apart from what I would regard as a rather weak plot point, and an amazing co-incidence, this was not a bad film, and an enjoyable take on the usual superhero stuff. It is said to be a summer “popcorn” movie, meaning that you can’t take it seriously. It does not make the mistake of prolonging the set pieces, which are sometimes a bit violent for a supposed comedy, possibly betraying the fact that it was moderately cut to give it a PG-13 rating in America. So not a waste of an hour and thirty minutes of your time.

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