Monday, July 14, 2008


Working sure does cut into the reading time. But weekends are still free to hang out with friends and to go to the movies.

Movie: Hancock

Genre: Action

Rating: PG-13

Movie Blurb: There are heroes, there are superheroes, and then there’s Hancock (Will Smith). With great power comes great responsibility - everyone knows that - everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough - as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think - until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock’s greatest challenge yet - and a task that may prove impossible as Ray’s wife, Mary insists that he’s a lost cause. See preview here.

Review: This is Will Smith's summer release for this year and I have to say I expected better. Hancock was an interesting story but overall poorly thought out and written. The well-intended acts of heroics that this hero performs seemingly causes more harm than good. Sure the bad guys are caught and people are saved, but the cost of the collateral damages is quite high: police cars destroyed, building and roads are badly damaged. And Hancock is not very lovable. He is a drunk, sarcastic loner who seems to go out of his way to annoy and has a large disregard for public opinion.

Enter Ray Embry, do gooder, a bit too goody-goody to be very interesting. Hancock saves his life and he decides to improve Hancock's public image. First he invites Hancock to dinner, much to his wife's dismay and son's delight. Then 'pitches' Hancock with the 'I can improve your image' spiel. For some unknown reason, or perhaps we are to assume that because Ray is treating him nicely, Hancock follows along tamely with Ray's ideas and goes to prison where he gives up alcohol and attends some anger management peer counseling while waiting for the world to miss him. The whole motive/inter-struggle of the hero was sadly lacking, there is no 'ah-ha' moment when the hero realizes that he can do good and make a difference.

The story had so much potential, but it all seemed to be watered down and very blase. Sure the surprise twist was interesting and it raised our hopes for a more dynamic action. But again I was left wanting. As twists go, it was fabulous, but unfortunately it went no where. That pretty much sums up the movie. Lots and lots of potential that went no where. A renter or better yet wait until its on TV and watch it for free.

Rating: 2.75 of 5


Sarai said...

Well crappied, crap, craper I wanted to do a double feature this weekend. Dark Knight and Hancock so I guess one is out I am seeing Dark knight though on Saturday WHOO HOOOOOOO

PS thanks for review

Aymless said...

Your welcome!

I wanna see Dark Knight too. But it's looking like it will happen this coming weekend. *sigh*

little alys said...

Thanks for the review. From what I've been hearing, it's a hit or miss for people. Some people loved it, other's found it as you've said-good idea, but not that well executed.
Good review! :D Always nice to have a heads up.
Horray to Dark Knight! I won't be going til after a while.

Katie(babs) said...

I heard Hancock started out pretty good and then slowly went down hill. I will wait for it to come in my Netflix :D


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