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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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There are heroes. There are superheroes. And then there's... 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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Trivia

The script was first written by Vincent Ngo in 1996 and it languished for close to 10 years. Later, the script was picked up and rewritten by Vince Gilligan, to be directed by Jonathan Mostow for a 2007 release. Gilligan wrote the second draft when Sony picked up the script in early 2005. See more »

Goofs

When Ray is lying on the bed drunk, talking to Hancock, he asks Hancock to help him up. In the first shot, they grab each other's forearms for leverage. In the following shot, they use their hands. See more »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.57 (2008) See more »

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This deserves some credit
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I'm being generous, but I think this movie deserves some credit. It's a serious take on a dysfunctional superhero that isn't based upon a Marvel Comics or DC Comics character. The special effects aren't as good as a movie like Transformers, but at least you aren't getting an animated CGI character hopping around like you do in Hulk and Spiderman. It appears that several elements of this movie may be inspired by the now defunct Broadway Comics. The classic scene of a car being skewered on a spire was depicted in the "Powers That Be" comic and the dysfunctional marriage relationship in the movie is not unlike the "Shadow State" comic by Broadway. Perhaps seeing similar depictions hit the big screen made me appreciate the movie more.

Will Smith and Charlize Theron do a great job. The hero is flawed, but he's not a wimp. The movie's biggest weakness is the pacing. Some of the special effects go by so fast that you don't get to appreciate them. Some of the drama plays out so slowly that you might be wondering why they don't rush it along. The movie is faithful to the trailer. It's tough writing a spoiler-free review of this since there are some great twists in the plot.


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Good movie but dumb and full of holes. ShepherdMoons
So, why DIDN'T Hancock lift Ray's car straight up in the air? rpacejr19
WHO IN THIS PLANET TOLD THAT CHARLIZE THERON WAS GOOD AT ACTING? GuigaWayne
Very Anti-climactic!!! What would you change the ending too? Hammond10
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