In part it should seem like the Honest Trailers treatment seems a bit unfair for the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk. The effects weren’t that bad and it was a big step up from Eric Bana’s somehow mangled version that seemed to have little if anything to really do with the big green goliath. But in truth this one was just as flawed, but in many different ways. Look at it this way, the Hulk didn’t have to fight any ridiculous-looking, gamma-juiced dogs and punch one in the nay-nays, so there’s that. But when you look at the horrid representation of the big bad in this movie and the inept thought processes of the US Army it gets kind of bad.
Bruce Banner finally got a better look from Edward Norton, though somehow he thought it would be a good idea to rewrite the script and then hide his name in the credits as someone else. Anyway, moving on from that you get the idea that Bruce is super-paranoid about how he interacts with those around him, since he stops an entire conveyor line when a single drop of his blood spills over a railing and onto the belt. But yet as careful as he is he doesn’t seem to notice the droplet of blood that’s fallen into one of the drink bottles just a little way down the line. You could accuse the film of giving him tunnel vision, but with how careful he seems to be throughout the rest of it, well, okay that’s not a good example. Because really the moment he’s back in the states he’s already taking risks as it doesn’t take Betty all that long to figure out he’s there and as a result it doesn’t take her father that much longer to figure out what he’s after.
But huh boy, the battle on campus is just one for the books. The general has already seen what the Hulk can do and understands that conventional weapons don’t work on him. But what does he do? He endangers everyone within a mile radius or more by taking on a beast that can outpace a humvee, take heavy artillery to every part of his body and not suffer a single ding, and can disable sound cannons built by Stark industries no less without much effort. Short of dropping a nuke on the Hulk or calling in a super team, there’s not much that can be done to calm him down, until Betty comes in. Even she’s not a guaranteed insurance policy when it comes to the Hulk though, since he stays green until the next day when he’s back to being Banner.
But then we move onto the Abomination and how poorly he was handled. He was big, he was bad, but he didn’t really look much like the character in the comics. That’s usually pretty forgivable since the comic versions can be a little out there, but this guy was just beyond ridiculous. Plus, once Hulk got good and mad the Abomination didn’t stand a chance. So as far as Hulk movies go, this one at least set up the possibility of Mark Ruffalo stepping in, but on its own it was halfway on the entertaining meter, no more.