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Hancock [UMD Mini for PSP]

Will Smith , Charlize Theron , Peter Berg    Suitable for 12 years and over   UMD Mini for PSP
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Producers: Will Smith, Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Michael Mann
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E1OE9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,271 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Hancock turns the standard superhero movie inside-out. The titular character, played by Will Smith, can fly, has super strength and is invulnerable. But he's also a sloppy, arrogant alcoholic who causes millions of dollars in property damage whenever he bothers to fight crime. When he saves the life of a PR agent named Ray (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development), Ray decides to improve Hancock's image--starting by having Hancock surrender himself to the authorities and go to prison for his lawless behaviour. The idea is that once he's in prison, the crime rate will go up and people will start realising Hancock might be of value after all. This is only the first act of Hancock though--from there, the film takes several surprising turns that shouldn't be revealed. Hancock isn't a great movie, but it is an extremely entertaining one. The script, which holds together far better than most superhero movies, has a propulsive plot, good dialogue, some compassion for its characters, and even an actual idea or two. The spectacular action at least gestures towards obeying the laws of physics, which actually makes the special effects more vivid. The three leads (Smith, Bateman, and Charlize Theron as Ray's wife, Mary) deftly balance the movie's mixture of comedy, action, and drama. All in all, a smart subversive twist on a genre that all too often takes itself all too seriously. --Bret Fetzer

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Will Smith blends his talents for action and comedy with this superhero film from director Peter Berg (The Kingdom). Boasting a lack of motivation, a week's worth of stubble, and the ability to fly, Hancock (Smith) struggles with his superhero status even though his talents are needed.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
As superhero movies go, this is definitely a break from the norm. Will Smith plays a down-and-out superhero, slumming his way through life knocking back a bottle of alcohol. His life is meaningless, self-centred and he's hated by pretty much everyone. He leaves a trail of destruction in his wake, and even when tries to do the right thing, he's confronted with his own inabilities and verbal abuse from the world around. In short he's pretty close to a homeless drunk with some extraordinary powers.

However, all that changes when he inadvertently saves Ray (Jason Bateman) from a car accident and then becomes Ray's pet project in a publicity campaign to make the world a better place. Ray's wife Mary (Charlie Theron) finds out first hand what it's like to know a superhero when her husband invites Hancock around for dinner, and a spark between them ignites. As Hancock works with Ray on a rehabilitation plan to better himself as a person, there are some great comedy moments that are full of action and some first rate special effects.

Overall, this is a spin on the good and moral superhero stories, showing a less than perfect hero looking for guidance. It's fun, fast and full of action, and great watching.

My only negative comment with this movie is I didn't particularly like the coincidental and god-like plot near the end of the film, where I thought the story got too far stretched. Apart from that, it's a fun movie that looks good and worth watching if you like superhero flicks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Stampy
Alcoholic superhero Hancock (Smith) is offered a chance to redeem himself by an up and coming businessman, whose wife has a secret.

Superhero summer of 2008 was won by The Dark Knight, no question. In and amongst the Batmans, the Ironmans and the Hulks was a film made for profitability and to maintain the likable Smith summer Blockbuster saga, a film that is harmless fun and a film that tries but doesn't succeed in preaching. Hancock is bubblegum entertainment with that extra zest and surprise to make it likable.

Starting with the positives that multi million smash has a great selection of a cast that add the drama and point to the plot. Charlize Thereon adds a necessity to the romantic side with an unexpected twist and turn performance with a juicy underlining secret and vibe that every scene with her in gives the plot a much needed boost. Jason Bateman is sharp enough for the stereotyped content husband and ambitious but not determined enough convention guy. The business idea is actually laughable.

The big positive is that this film is told and shot with entertainment intention and baring in mind it is an action fantasy you don't want to take it too seriously. There is plenty of moments to enjoy including a whale in the sea, a mid air superhero fight and one of the most awful attempts at bank robbery you will ever see on screen.

To the negatives and with a heavy weight on my shoulders with this terrible burden, it has to be the central star. From the Fresh Prince to Independence Day Will Smith has brought us effortless comedy and zest with a new approach to humour styling, so where is it here? The grumpy voice, the slumped shoulders the effortless attempt to be funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Well Spent 5 Dec 2010
I cannot understand why this was not much more successful.

This is another hugely entertaining turn from Will Smith, in a role which, while it's not exactly Shakespeare, gives a much better range of aspects to the character than in most "Superhero" movies.

In fact, there are kind of two films here, cleverly interwoven, that link Hancock's development from the unpleasant drunk to a future as a loved superhero, and then deliciously weaves in his background. Some teriffic lines "What kind of a b****** must I have been......",is very telling in its way, and at the end, how he saves, well, I won't spoil it, but the act befits a character that has developed hugely since the start of the movie.

The extra story bits in the special edition fill in some holes and add a little, notably the scenes about sex which will be familiar to anyone who's read Larry Niven's gem "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex".

Nicely cynical, emotion manipulating, and above all a damned good watch. My only bug is that I can't transfer the included DIVX version to my MP3 player as it's coded.

Time well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Will 30 Nov 2010
By klunked
This one was a surprise - I love Will Smith and in this a completely different part. Another keeps you guessing film with a surprising ending. Romance, excitement and humour, what more could you want.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Briliant Film, definitely a Will Smith vehicle, 28 Aug 2010
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Will Smith was the perfect casting for the role. An original variation on an old story line. AND Charleze Theron superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a film 18 Aug 2010
this was the best film i have ever seen absolute must have 5 star a must buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hancock 17 Aug 2009
`Hancock' is a film of 2 halves. The first half is quite funny and amusing and shows real promise and then for the second half the whole tone changes and it feels more serious and struggles with what it initially set out to be. Following Hancock (played superbly by Will Smith) who is a superhero who hasn't got the best people skills, you see how he eventually befriends a marketing consultant and how he turns his life around to be accepted by society. That is the first part of the film and the bit that I enjoyed, the second half then follows a completely different tack (which I won't state here to avoid spoilers) and concludes the film in a whole different way than you were expecting. The acting is pretty good from all involved and Jason Bateman always manages to crack me up. The effects are good but don't carry the film and although the ending lets this film down, this is still a good way to spend 90 minutes and makes for a fairly entertaining film. Don't expect anything too high brow and be prepared for a weak ending and this film should entertain you enough. Worth a viewing.

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