Sunday, 6 July 2008

Review - Hancock

hancock_l200801101709 I went to see Hancock last night in the cinema and, while it's nothing to do with tech, I thought I might as well give it a quick review. So what's it all about? John Hancock, played by Will Smith, is a superhero who has completely forgotten the first rule of being a superhero, with great power comes great responsibility. While he does try to save the people of Los Angeles he goes about it in all the wrong way and ends up causing thousands/millions of dollars worth of damage. He even flies and lands with all the style of a 1990 Volvo, there's none of the smooth Superman stuff here. However it's during one of these acts of goodwill that Hancock meets a PR Executive Ray Embrey, who takes on the unenviable task of turning Hancock into a much loved man of the people.

This film was never going to be a Hollywood masterpiece but as far as being an enjoyable and at times funny little action romp it could probably be held in the same regard as Men in Black and Independence Day. Seeing Hancock in his supersuit was hilarious. The times when the tempo of the show slows and we start looking at the emotional side of Hancock are well handled. They don't spend too much time on it but there's enough to make sure that we understand the conflict and eventually understand it's resolution.

This is a great action flick made all the better by Will Smith's humour and excellent portrayal of the 'messed up' Hancock. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Will's style of movie.

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