Hancock

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"I am Legend" was better

Jun 8, 2009
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Pros:novelty of a "super-hero bum", decent action, first half is full of goofy humor

Cons:movie veers off course halfway through, villians are underdeveloped

The Bottom Line: There are better Will Smith movies out there, but this one isn't terrible.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Will Smith is the star in this bizzare action film about a superhero who also happens to be a bum.  The film starts out with Smith, who plays as John Hancock (not the founding father, mind you), lying drunk on a bench.  Suddenly, police radios and news reports start talking about a high-speed chase going on somewhere in the city.  Without saying anything, Hancock gets up and flies off, liquor bottle in hand.  Wait, what?  That was my first impression.  He wasn't wearing a costume or a cape, and there wasn't anything about him even remotely superheroesque, in fact he looked and acted like a typical bum sleeping on the street and yet he just got up and flew off to save the day.  There was a lot of novelty for me to see some bum in ragged clothing holding a bottle of alcohol flying off like superman to save the day. 

This first act of heroism shows viewers that Hancock doesn't care about his appearance to the public eye, and while saving the day doing a really sloppy job.  His heroic plunders are so sloppy that he is disliked and many people would prefer that he not do anything.  His antics remind me of the scene in Paris from "Team America: World Police" where the team stops a terrorist bombing but end up doing almost as much damage as a bomb would in the process. 

One day, he manages to save Ray Embrey, played by Jason Batemen, from getting hit by a train (although he completely derails the train in the process).  Ray sees the potential in Hancock to become a real superhero and offers to help him work on his public image.  Hancock agrees and is invited to Ray's home for dinner.  Ray's wife, played by Charlize Theron, is reluctant to welcome him and hints at the upcoming plot twist. 

The first thing that Ray does to help Hancock is he convinces Hancock to go to prison, take anger management classes, and go through substance abuse rehabilitation.  Having put most of the people there where they are, he is not warmly recieved.  However, Ray's plan begins to work.  After a few weeks of being in prison, citizens call to him for help.  Hancock agrees, and saves the day a bit more gracefully this time.  All seems well when the plot comes across a large and unexpected twist: Ray's wife has super powers just like Hancock! 

By this time, the novelty of a bum superhero had worn off for me and the plot just sort of completely goes in a different direction.  No more mention of his public image is made and the story turns to the relationship between the two characters.  It's like watching the first half of a classic Will Smith movie and then changing channels to some other Will Smith movie where the two main characters sit and argue the whole time.  As it turns out, somewhere around the last half hour mark, there are some villians in this movie.  These villians are quite underdeveloped and do not leave a distinct mark in my mind.  They just seem to be the type that say "here we are at the last minute to make things even more confusing!"

In conclusion, it's a really fun movie to watch until the halfway mark, then it's dark, unfunny, and not all that entertaining.

If you like Will Smith movies, this one will fit in to your collection.  However, if you don't have a collection or are just starting one, I'd recommend buying "I am Legend" (2007) instead; in my opinion it's Smith's best film.


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older


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