Hancock
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Hancock 2008

A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who's trying to repair his image...

Release Date:
July 2, 2008
Duration:
92 min
Cast:
Charlize Theron, Mike Cochrane, Nicholas Rich, Donald Gibb, Don Abernathy, Shea Curry, David Mattey, Edward M. Kelahan, Les Gardonyi, Jason Bateman, Alan Mueting, Gregg Daniel, Eddie J. Fernandez, Samantha Cannon, Michelle Lenhardt, Pete Brown, Rob Watt, Eddie Marsan, Mike Epps, Taylor Gilbert, Martin Klebba, David Hill, Marc C. Geschwind, Johnny Galecki, Thomas Lennon, Ryan Van de Kamp Buchanan, Alan D. Purwin, Chris Mitchell, Will Smith, Elizabeth Dennehy, Leslie Berger, Antonio Christina, Adam Greeves, Krystal Grenseman, Kristen Kelly, Jobeth Wagner, Matt King, Daeg Faerch, Alex Huynh, Rio Ahn, Rico Devereaux, Jeane Fournier, Jack Axelrod, Kate Clarke, Ronnie Lewis Jr., Ralph Richeson, Natasha Ellis, Atticus Shaffer, Hayley Marie Norman, Allan Havey, Akiva Goldsman, Anthony Ledesma, Dawn Ressy, Brad Leland, Alexa Havins, Daniel Quinn, Dominic Prampin, Mustafa Harris, Jae Head, Maetrix Fitten, Dorothy Cecchi, Michael Mann, Trieu Tran, Darrell Foster, Liz Wicker, Caroll Tohme, Barbara Ali, Ryan Radis, Darren Dowler, John Frazier, Martin Magdaleno, Ronald W. Howard, Nancy Grace, Aaron Henderson, Huy Nguyen, Mary-Jessica Pitts, Kalee St. Clair, Timothy Brennen, Steven Pierce, Mars Crain, Michelle Lemon, Richard W. Gallegos, Rob Maron, Aisha Jau, Pritam Singh Biring, Cher Calvin, Bill McMullen, Scott Michael Morgan, Michael Thornberry, Sampson Alexander, Peter Berg, Stephen Bishop, Bonnie Carter, Dave Clark, Kyla Dang, Sean Field, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Joel Lambert, Algerita Wynn Lewis, Mike McIntosh, Sumalee Montano, Tang Nguyen, Bryan Keith Ponton, Mark Simich, Rick Mali, Drew Taylor, Johnathan Hallgrey, Brandon Ford Green, Matthew King, Tammy Dugen, Derek Easley, Wray Gould, Giovanni V. Giusti, Brennan Taylor, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Terrence Julien, Montana Ovikian, Julie Pepin, DJ Rivers, Matthew King, Drew Taylor ...
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy ...
Country:
USA

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"MOVE, Get out the way, -MOVE" LMAO! I love the intro. This is a repeat watch movie for me.
I liked this. As noted downthread, there was a little bit of Will Smith burnout going on around the time this movie came out, so I have to wonder if that contributed to the less than stellar ratings it got. But it is still a good flick with a different storyline worth the watch. A bit predictable in ways and surprising in others.
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At this point I am not betting on a Hancock 2. There was some talk about it but all that chatter has died out.
This was a really nice unlikely, bum turn super hero movie. I like it and I'm looking forward to part 2.
The trailer to this film, remined me of the plot from the Incredibles.
This should be a suprise hit across all genres and ages...looking forward to summer blockbusters for those rainy afternoons
Hancock is a fun ride, filled with a few good laughs but basically a borrowed story(superman) and plenty of borrowed action scenes. I like peter berg's movies, I like that he knows how to tell a story and delivers good visuals in his films. I like Will Smith, i think he's a good actor, but it bothers me that most of his films rely to much on special effects, judging from his other work (The Pursuit of Happiness, Ali.), he's capable of making good films, I'd like to see more of those. With that said, I think his performance is good and is a lot of fun to watch. Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman are good too. It's the story that leaves a lot to be desired and the ending is highly disappointing. Those two things keep this film from hitting a bullseye. Sadly, It's more of the norm, from the Fresh Prince.



Other problems include terrible handheld, zoomed in camera work that is both unnecessary and painful to watch, annoying product placement, and oh yea, that lack of plot issue. Having Will Smith play a drunken superhero is a great idea, but putting him in a film without ideas is not. Easily one of the worst films of the summer.
Less than nine months after Will Smith saved the world from a mutated virus (or rather a character he played saved the world), actor Will Smith is back in Hancock, this time playing a dissolute, destitute, bad-tempered superhero, John Hancock. Directed by Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights, The Rundown, Very Bad Things) and written by Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan, Hancock resembles a certain spandex-loving superhero who first made an appearance seventy years ago, Superman, with a backstory inspired by Jack Kirby's work for DC and Marvel Comics in the 1970s (saying more would involve spoilers, unfortunately). An often awkward mix of broad comedy, straight drama, and superhero action, Hancock is definitely flawed, but it benefits from a continuity-free storyline, engaging turns from a talented cast (no surprise there), and the presence of thematic depth (definitely a surprise).

When we first meet Hancock, he's sleeping off last night's alcohol on a park bench, oblivious to the disapproval of passersby. Awakened to a car chase involving the police and an Asian gang equipped with machine guns, Hancock flies to aid the police, but not before destroying massive amounts of public and private property. Booed by a gathering crowd, Hancock escapes to a rundown bar. Later, he saves idealistic public relations executive, Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), from an oncoming train, again causing massive amounts of damage. Ray invites Hancock home for dinner, ostensibly to repay Hancock for saving his life (if not his car).

Ray sees redeeming Hancock in the eyes of the general public as a means toward an end: getting corporations onboard with a worldwide giving campaign. While Ray's son, Aaron (Jae Head), is happy to have a superhero around the house, Ray's wife and Aaron's stepmother, Mary (Charlize Theron), doesn't seem so pleased. Ray convinces Hancock that the public will change how they see him if he disappears for a short time. Ray does more, though. He convinces Hancock to turn himself in to the authorities and serve some jail time for all the damage he's done. If the plan works, Hancock will be received with open arms by the public. If it doesn't, Hancock can simply fly away (since he's in jail by his own volition).

Although Hancock seems to be riding the wave of superhero/comic book adaptations, Vincent Ngo originally wrote his screenplay twelve years ago as an "original" work (i.e., not based directly on characters from the DC or Marvel Comics' universes). With a later assist from Vincent Gilligan (best known for his contributions as a writer for The X-Files), Ngo didn't stray far from superhero archetypes, specifically Superman, giving Hancock invulnerability, super-strength, and flying (he can go supersonic). Hancock doesn't have x-ray vision and he can't shoot red laser beams from his eyes, but he does have a Kryptonite-like weakness (what that is, however, is best left for moviegoers to discover). Since Hancock starts in media res, Ngo and Gilligan leave Hancock's origins unclear and when they do offer an explanation, it remains incomplete.

That's all good if you're a superhero/comic book fan, but what about everyone else? Well, if you're a Will Smith fan, there's not much to dislike here. His pre-makeover superhero is rude, crude, and vulgar. He's also desperately lost, making him unsympathetic, but not unredeemable. Where Hancock runs into trouble, though, is in the tonal shift from broad comedy to serious drama (with superhero-flavored action, of course). Once Hancock goes into recovery mode, the comedy in Hancock goes into hibernation (minus the occasional injection of situational humor). Besides the tonal shift, some moviegoers won't buy into the second act revelation or the lack of a villain or supervillain on Hancock's level. Then too, the visual effects leave something to be desired. They range from near-excellent to dodgy, often in the same scene.

Still, besides the cast and the premise, Hancock has a surprising amount of depth, both in how it develops the central character and the world he lives in (much like our own) and, again, not to give away spoilers, in the major revelation that plays out like a plea for tolerance, racial and otherwise. That might not be what moviegoers are looking forward to seeing this busy summer season, but if they give Hancock a chance (and Will Smith's name above the marquee practically guarantees that), they'll find themselves sitting through one of the better takes on superheroes since...well, since Iron Man came out two months ago.
Cant wait ta see this great looking movie
Hancock is a movie about LOVE and avoiding taxes. Mostly about the second. The whole "Will Smith being an alcoholic superhero changing his own life" and all is an interesting twist on the classic superhero movie plot. And it has flying and explosion-class crashing. Yay Hancock!