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4.0 out of 5 stars A superhero movie that's a break from the norm!
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...
Published on 5 Feb 2009 by Richard Jagdhar

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable fun, but at a cost to see its star fail
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...
Published on 13 Oct 2009 by Stampy


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superhero movie that's a break from the norm!, 5 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Hancock [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable fun, but at a cost to see its star fail, 13 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Hancock [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
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.

And the repetition is dreadful, with the key example at the "good job" moments. And whilst this isn't labelled as a comedy there are moments when it should be funny for Big Will. This effortless portrayal at a superhero makes me sad as from a young age I grew up watching his films, and it does sicken me to write this.

Before all the blame gets shunted on the star it is significant to recall that he isn't a scriptwriter, so a large portion must be down to the plot. From flying through the air to a reinvented Superman theme to one of the world's worst reasons for superpowers the scripting is as dizzy as Hancock in the morning. It is never grounded, there are too many clauses and rules and regulations. Why can't it be as simple as get bitten and now you're a spider? This whole background base of Hancock whilst initially intriguing finds itself lost in clauses too deep to claw its way back, with an unbelievably cheesy ending.

The alcoholism isn't as serious as it should be but as before this is built for enjoyment and Peter Berg blends action and fantasy well enough with some well directed fights and whilst Smith and the plot could be better, this is still reasonable fun.

6.10
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Will, 30 Nov 2010
This review is from: Hancock [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars what a film, 18 Aug 2010
This review is from: Hancock [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
this was the best film i have ever seen absolute must have 5 star a must buy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hancock, 17 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Hancock [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
`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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4.0 out of 5 stars original view, accomplished challenge, 3 Jun 2009
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Ariel Guerra "A.Real" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Original because of its brand new concept of super heroing.

It is indeed a big challenge to create a new super hero, with a new hero theme soundtrack after all there has been created.

Will Smith performs and incarnates the transformation from a wasted anyone into a caring mighty one.

Charlize: this angel switches and renews the second half of the movie in a remarcable balance of sensuality and determination.

Bateman is funny without even trying and links the whole with subtlety.

Only one but in here : The character of the psyco enemy does not look connected to the rest of the context, doesn't he?

Ethics, yin-yang philosophies, role models and society issues condensed in a funny entertainement.

Good job!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts out well, but loses itself in its own ambition, 12 April 2009
This review is from: Hancock [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Will Smith's jaded superhero vehicle Hancock starts out well enough - albeit with a premise not a million miles away from Pixar's The Incredibles, but the screenplay leaks coherence as it goes on, and by its conclusion has virtually none left.

There was just too much in the plot arc for it to have much hope of hanging together: the plot twists significantly and starts off in quite different directions on more than one occasion, and in its final act where you might expect some resolution, the (poorly drawn) villain characters and their motivations were too flimsily expounded, and the uncomfortable relationship between the three leading characters - a superhero love triangle, of sorts - was not satisfactorily resolved but instead just found an improbable equilibrium.

There are some great comedy moments - as you would expect, Will Smith has some great lines and he delivers them with his characteristic panache - and Jason Bateman is - well, Jason Bateman - a likeable everyman who injects warmth into the screenplay. But as it goes on Hancock veers uneasily between comedy and edgy thriller, finally (and to my mind unwisely) settling for the latter - there are some harrowing moments right at the end - when the film's loopy superhero premise denied just the kind of credibility needed to carry that off, and had more than enough acting and comedy talent to ensure the former would be a banker.

Like many films of this type there is some over-use of the (undeniably impressive) CGI, and the film, though starting off promisingly enough, winds up being no more than a watchable, if confusing film.

Olly Buxton
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light and fun superhero movie, 25 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Hancock [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Hancock is a greatly entertaining film that follows the drunken hero Hancock as he attempts to sober up and live up to his potential. Added to this his mysterious past comes back to haunt him as well as his own well meaning actions.

Hancock is a great fun film with a light heart and some good performances from all those involved. I am not generally a fan of Will Smith but this is definitely one of his better performances and although I feel that Charlize Theron was terribly underused in the film, she did give a great performance.

The CGI effects are very good for the most part, although a few of the effects towards the end could definitely have been better. The main problem with this film is that it seems to lack focus with the first and second halves of the film seeming to have a subtly different tone which doesn't quite gel. This is only a minor complaint though as the film is great fun and a nice take on the traditional superhero film.
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