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Hancock (2008)

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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Vincent Ngo (as Vy Vincent Ngo), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... John Hancock
Charlize Theron ... Mary
Jason Bateman ... Ray
Jae Head ... Aaron
Eddie Marsan ... Red
David Mattey ... Man Mountain
Maetrix Fitten ... Matrix
Thomas Lennon ... Mike
Johnny Galecki ... Jeremy
Hayley Marie Norman ... Hottie
Dorothy Cecchi Dorothy Cecchi ... Woman in Dive Bar
Michelle Lemon Michelle Lemon ... Girl at Bus Bench
Akiva Goldsman ... Executive
Michael Mann ... Executive
Brad Leland ... Executive
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Hancock See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,603,879, 6 July 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$227,946,274, 7 September 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$624,386,746
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

While never stated, the imagery, names and minor plot elements point towards Hancock being the Egyptian god Horus. Even ignoring the original screenplay, "Tonight, He Comes", where the Ray-analog character was named Horus (in that version Ray's character was the hero and Hancock was the villain), the imagery in the final movie is very plain.

Horus, the Lord of the Sky, was often depicted in mythology with the head of a falcon and wearing the Pschent, a double crown consisting of a white crown and a red crown, which is reflected in the movie as Hancock's white and red cap that has an eagle on the front. He was also described as a great falcon with outstretched wings whose eyes were the sun and moon, relating to the image of eagle with outstretched wings on Hancock's cap, the sunrise reflected in his sunglasses on the movie poster and to his alteration of the moon at the end of the movie.

Mary, whose name means beloved in Egyptian, would be the goddess Hathor. In mythology Hathor is the wife of Horus the Elder, but she is also described as the wife of Ra (a.k.a. Ray) at times. A normally gentle fertility goddess and protector of children, her alter-ego Sekhmet is an powerful goddess of destruction that Ra could only stop by tricking her into getting drunk using blood-colored beer. This fits her character in the movie who is a mother to an adopted child (Aaron, also an Egyptian name), but is also shown to have a destructive temper and to be stronger than Hancock when he makes her angry. See more »

Goofs

When the SUV is fleeing the police, it turns a corner and crashes into the side of a car. In the next scene, the side of the SUV has no damage. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

A scene after the credits start to roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended cut was released on DVD and Blu-Ray featuring several additional and modified scenes. The additional scenes include, but are not limited to: Hancock bringing a girl to his trailer to have sex, Mary Embrey driving to Hancock's trailer instead of flying there, and Hancock getting off a prison bus while chained to other prisoners whom he drags behind him. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mr. Plinkett's Ghostbusters 2016 Review (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Water From the Same Source
Written by Christian Frederickson, Rachel Grimes, and Jason Noble
Performed by Rachel's
Courtesy of Quarterstick Records
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User Reviews

 
Not bad!
5 July 2008 | by tim-2342See all my reviews

Lots of people, including the critics, are ragging on this film. Seriously, what did they expect? It's a Hollywood blockbuster with Wil Smith in. Get over it, turn your brain off, and sit back and enjoy the ride.

For what it was, I thought it pretty good. It was entertaining, took a unique take on the superhero thing, and didn't have an overt number of huge gaping plot holes or completely blithe dialog.

If you're feeling like a Wil Smith movie, go for it. It's not as bad as they say... just don't expect any more than the typical Hollywood affair.


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