‘Hancock’: Not your normal hero

Wed, 07/09/2008 - 8:47am
By: Kevin Thomas

This is the summer of superhero films. There was “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk” (which I missed) and now the industry gives us “Hancock.”

Hancock (Will Smith) is a man with the ability to fly and kick villain’s booties in the blink of an eye. He has drinking and anger management problems, however, thus making him a dangerous person to be around sometimes. There is one particular slur that if you call Hancock this, he could punch you sky high.

When Hancock saves the life of Ray (Jason Bateman), a public relations person, Ray senses Hancock’s need for help. Therefore, Ray makes it his goal to help him resolve his problems and get into the public’s favor. Ray takes Hancock home to his family: his wife, Mary (Charlize Theron) and his son, who thinks Hancock is cool.

Hancock agrees to let Ray help him even if it means going to the slammer for some of the damage done during his “rescues.” In jail, he’ll be taking anger management and drinking classes – unfortunately with some of the city’s worst scumbags who were put in jail by, guess who, Hancock!

But with Hancock off the board, crime begins escalating so much that the chief of police has to call for Hancock’s help. This was Ray’s goal in the first place. Hancock saves the day and gets a good review from the public (and a new super suit, too.)

I can’t tell you any more right now or I’ll ruin the movie.

This movie had many awesome action sequences and a very unexpected twist. The comedy is funny but has innuendo about “SC.” Some good CGI was used, and Hancock was the most unique superhero I have ever seen. The film has a big amount of bad language in it though, and at some points the plot may be confusing. One scene in the prison is extremely graphic – not with blood – just grossness. Hancock also has a bit of a drinking problem, but other than that, the movie impressed me.

Rated PG-13 for intense action sequences (and I mean that when I say it), and “Pretty Gross” language.

*** 1/2

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