The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. Written by
Rob Marshall, Chicago, IL
When Jonathan Mostow pulled out of the project in May 2006, Gabriele Muccino (who previously directed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)) was attached in to direct. But while Pursuit was still under editing, Smith switched projects, working on I Am Legend (2007) first before this. However, by October 2006, Muccino left the project due to an incompatibility to the story. This allowed Peter Berg to come in for the director's job. See more »
Ray picks up a tri-colored towel, then opens a jar with a green and gold towel. See more »
All units. All units. Code 3 pursuit of 2-11 white SUV heading east on Alameda service road. Suspects: three Asian males. Request back-up immediately. Be advised. Shots fired. Shots fired.
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A scene after the credits start to roll. See more »
I guess some people just can't take a switch in tone.
I've read a lot of the reviews here complaining about the film flagging in its final act. I respectfully disagree.
Hancock is most definitely DIFFERENT in it's last half - it drops off the comedy significantly and introduces some fascinating superhero mythology that is almost like an ancient Greek myth in its context. It also introduces some pretty tense and violent moments that really made me wonder if they should be marketing it as the kid-friendly summer blockbuster that they are. However, both halves have their own merits - the first being the humour, and the second being the (almost tragic) origin mythos. I suspect if you are prepared for the switch in tone, rather than shocked when it arrives, you might enjoy Hancock as much as I did.
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