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Hancock (2008)

 -  Action | Fantasy  -  2 July 2008 (USA)
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A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who's trying to repair his image.

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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

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He is saving the world whether we like it or not. See more »

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Action | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language | See all certifications »

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2 July 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,589,095 (UK) (4 July 2008)

Gross:

$227,946,274 (USA) (5 September 2008)
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The train wreck scene was filmed in San Pedro, CA, in conjunction with Pacific Harbor Line RR. The movie crew changed a PHL SD18 diesel locomotive #40 to the fictitious Southland & Western RR. See more »

Goofs

Ray holds a cup from Dunkin' Donuts, which has no stores near Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

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Police Officer: 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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Not your typical "superhero" movie, but still good
1 July 2008 | by (Brazil, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to go to a pre-screening of Hancock last night and I really enjoyed it. I don't understand all of the criticism this movie is receiving. Everyone take a second and realize this is not a Marvel or DC comic book superhero movie. Now think about that again. It is a different story entirely and has some very unique elements.

Hancock isn't action packed. It doesn't have a Superhero vs. Supervillan plot. I would probably describe it as a character study of the superhero. I think this movie does a better job of addressing some of the issues (and vices) a superhero probably would have if they existed today. The biggest conflict in the movie is within Will Smith's character's attitude, not necessarily good vs. evil.

I think much of the criticism I have read about is motivated by expectations that were not met, which isn't fair at all. If you watch Hancock with only the expectation of being entertained, you will leave happy. Its a good movie, don't jump on the bandwagon of not liking it just because you can. Give it a chance and take it for what it is, a July 4th action/comedy.


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