3.5 stars (PG-13) Edward Norton
Determined to win over fans alienated by Ang Lee's controversial 2003 adaptation of the same Marvel comic book character, “The Incredible Hulk” gives fans what they want: lots of big action, mixed with just enough story to hold it together and a few treats for the faithful. The film starts off in the slums of Rio de Janeiro with a great set-up followed by a doozy of an action set piece. As the flick progresses, the distinctiveness fades with director Louis Leterrier embracing the familiar. The story lurches nearly as abruptly as the Hulk and it appears that gamma rays destroy internal logic and consistency, but what the hell, the movie is way better than I thought it would be. 114 minutes. DVD INFO: The three-disc special edition of the film includes a digital copy for installation on your computer and/or portable devices, a commentary track with the director, Tim Roth but NOT Edward Norton, an alternate opening, lots of deleted scenes, plus featurettes.