Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hancock (2008)


A great idea for a superhero film! I liked this film for what it was and what it tried to do, within a genre that has been bombarded by Hollywood for the last few years. Hancock take the idea of being possessed with the powers to do great things, having the black mark on your character which usually pushes our heroes to shine and then saying what if the world still got that hero down? What if the hero didn't rise above his own turmoil for the greater good of others? It also adds a very important element to making the hero more human, by putting in the idea that all people great or small are only at their best with the support of others. A great theme and a great message. Hancock also has a very nice plot twist thrown in to help it stand further apart from so many other films of the genre.
Will Smith is really good in this role, I was never a fan of the independence day Smith, but his last several roles he has grown into an actor that I can depend on to deliver the character with alot of style and finese.

The Plot:

John Hancock (Will Smith) is an unhappy and reluctant superhero who is living in his own world. For some unknown reason, Hancock is depressed and has started drinking very heavily. He has saved many lives in Los Angeles over the years, but in doing so, he has no regards for damaging buildings, trains, roads, cars, or anything that gets in his way of getting the job done. The last time he captured several criminals, it cost the city $9 million to fix the damages. The public has had enough of Hancock, and they want him to stop or go to another city. Then one day, Hancock saves the life of Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) from being run over by a train. Ray is a public relations executive who now can go home to his wife and child, because Hancock was there. Ray owes Hancock his life, and he makes it his mission to change his superhero's image and have the public cheering him. Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), believes Hancock cannot be fixed, and she doesn't want Ray to be hurt.

The Cast:

Will Smith ... John Hancock

Charlize Theron ... MAry Embrey

Jason Bateman ... Ray Embrey

Jae Head ... Aaron Kimberly

Eddie Marsan ... Kenneth 'Red' Parker Jr.

David Mattey ... Man Mountain

Maetrix Fitten ... Matrix

Thomas Lennon ... Mike

Johnny Galecki ... Jeremy

Hayley Marie Norman ... Hottie

Dorothy Cecchi ... Woman in Dive Bar

Michelle Lemon ... Girl at Bus Bench

Akiva Goldsman ... Executive #1

Michael Mann ... Executive #2

Brad Leland ... Executive #3

The Trailer:

The Movie:


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