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Hancock [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Writers: Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001494QG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006) stars in this action-packed comedy as Hancock, a sarcastic, hard-living and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno), his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again--until he meets a woman (2003 Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Best Actress, Monster) with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past.

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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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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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The script for Hancock was based on a much darker concept that circulated Hollywood for a number of years. The production became locked into `development hell' with no studio willing to pluck up the gumption and put it into production, especially with a projected budget of $100+ million, and with the intention for it to star one of mainstream American cinema's most wholesome bankable stars; Will Smith.

At what stage Will Smith joined the production process is unclear. Nevertheless it would have been interesting to have seen that much darker concept, as some of its purported ideas would have made compelling viewing. The original script was entitled `Tonight He Comes', hinting of an unpleasant nature of the central character, and its easy to see why this version was not produced and instead re-written into the movie that is Hancock. Tonight He Comes apparently told of an individual who, equipped with super-powers comes to the realisation that he can, and very likely will, do and take whatever he wants as there is no-one to stop him. Themes of robbery, stalking, home-wrecking were recurring ideas in the original script, and posed some interesting questions; just exactly what would be the actions of someone who, stripped of all moral constraints and the risk of arrest and imprisonment, could do whatever they wanted? Paul Verhoeven's 2000 movie Hollow Man saw Kevin Bacon's character declaring.."You'll be amazed what you can do when you don't have to look at yourself in the mirror anymore".

It was a very daring move by the filmmakers to invent a brand new superhero character for the big screen right in the middle of an era where the majority of adventure movies are based on comic-book characters that already have an in-built audience and a better chance of box office success.
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Unlike most other blockbusters, the best bits of Hancock don't appear in the trailer. There's plenty more action, comedy and some serious dramatic plot twists, all of which adds up to a great two hours entertainment. So if you like the look of the trailer -- you're in luck: there's plenty more good stuff in the film itself.
Will Smith is on top form, ideally suited to the role of a scuzzy, down at heel superhero who's been hitting the booze (and hitting skyscrapers, trains, bad guys and anything else he blunders into). Hancock is a wise-ass and a careless, aggressive and anti-social guy who happens to be the most powerful person on the planet. So he isn't very popular with the general public... until he saves the life of a PR guy who then attempts to turn Hancock's situation around.
That's what the trailer shows us, together with some of the laugh-out-loud lines (including the moment when heads get inserted where the sun don't shine!). But the film has a lot more than that to offer including some snappy action scenes and (amazingly) A Real Plot which I'm not going to spoil here. It could almost be two movies, in fact; the first half sets up Hancock the drunk, and the second half explains the how and the why and resolves some of those issues -- but altogether it makes for funny and entertaining viewing. Hancock occasionally parodies 'serious' superhero movies but it never gets crass (well, not *too* crass), and the scattering of superhero in-jokes should keep fan boys happy while they don't detract at all from the action.
Hancock also manages to portray just what would happen if an ordinary bloke somehow became superhuman, without going into endless navel-gazing drizzle and teenage angst. Great power, in this case, can make a man mighty lonely.
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