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(2008)

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  • Hancock began as a script by screenwriter Vincent Ngo. It was originally titled Tonight, He Comes, in 1996, but it got passed around from director to director until Peter Berg took it over in October of 2006. After several rewrites and a change of title, Hancock finally began filming in July of 2007.

  • Hancock (Will Smith) is not an alien. He's described in the film as one of the last survivors of an ancient race that died out because they had the unfortunate tendency to become mortal when near each other for long. Their origin is never made clear, only hinted. Charlize Theron's character, Mary, mentions that "normal" humans used to call them "gods and angels", for instance, showing that even she is unaware of their true past.

  • Some viewers claim that Mary Embrey (Charlize Theron) is the villain. Others name Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) as the villain. The most obvious villains are a trio of escaped convicts—Red (Eddie Marsan), Mountain (David Mattey), and Matrix (Maetrix Fitten)—who hold a grudge against Hancock for putting them behind bars. However, part of the subversion of the genre that Hancock engages in is that Hancock is the true villain of the story, as well as the hero—an antihero. The person he truly has to fight is himself; the person who causes all the troubles in his life is himself; the person who perpetuates the cycles of violence in his life is himself. Since the film turns the idea of a Hero on its head, as well as the idea of a Villain, it's very hard to assign the role to any one character.

  • When the people are running away from the tornadoes, suddenly a strange character runs from the left to the right of the screen. The character is about twice as tall as everyone else, and looks like a robot. It's a street performer, on stilts and in costume. A photo of it can be viewed here. A video of it can be viewed here.

  • The convenience store clerk covers the 0 in the price showing $91.10. The telephone emergency number for the United States and Canada (North American Numbering Plan) is 9-1-1. This was his non-vocal way of communicating to Hancock that he needed his help.

  • Red Parker (Eddie Marsan) and at least eight of his inmates escape from prison and go gunning for Hancock, but Hancock is already in the hospital after sustaining several gunshot wounds while attempting to stop a robbery at a liquor store. Mary pays him a visit and explains that the reason he got injured was because, when he and she are close to each other, they start losing their powers. Just as she finishes telling how they were attacked some 80 years ago while walking to the theater to see Frankenstein (1931) (1931), Mountain (David Mattey) and Matrix (Maetrix Fitten) break into Hancock's hospital room and shoot Mary in front of Ray and Aaron. Hancock takes care of the shooters while the doctors try to treat Mary. Red continues to fire bullets into Hancock. Mary dies on the table. Just as Red is about to fire the killing shot into Hancock's head, Ray slices off Red's one remaining hand. Hancock manages to get on his feet and to walk far enough away from Mary that his powers begin returning. He leaps out the hospital window and, after being rammed by a few buses and cars, he flies towards the moon. Mary's heart starts beating again. A month passes. While eating ice cream with Mary and Aaron at an amusement park, Ray gets a call from Hancock. He tells Ray to look up. Ray looks up and sees a big Allheart logo on the moon.

  • No, but there is a scene that plays over the credits.

  • Prior to the theatrical release it was announced that the film had to be cut in order to achieve the PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Today, two versions of the film are available. The theatrical version and an Extended Cut that offers more than 9 minutes of additional material.

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