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Wednesday, 6 October 2010
The film follows John Hancock (Will Smith), an immortal, never ageing alcoholic, who can fly, has super strength and is indestructible. However, his alcohol fuelled heroics cause tens of millions in damage to the city of Los Angeles, and after saving the life of and befriending Public Relations Consultant Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), Hancock voluntarily goes to prison to undertake alchol and anger management and make up for all the damage he has caused, therefore improving his image and making the public want him again.
The film boasts good effects, with Hancock's super powers beautifully created and brought to exciting life by CGI. The aerial sequences top those of Spider-Man (2002) and Superman Returns (2006), thanks to some top-notch cinematography and their fast pace, as well as the fact they feel so much more realistic due to the way they were created - Smith was raised about twenty metres off the ground on wire rigs and launched forward at about forty-five miles per hour, making it appear so much more incredible and realistic on screen. There are also some good comic moments in the regularly fun screenplay and Smith uses them to make himself as funny as possible.
On the downside, the screenplay does drag on a bit, particularly in a number of the prison scenes, which just feel superficial as the film is meant to be/is advertised as a superhero comedy. The characters are generally under written, and as a result are one-sided, often unengaging, and don't give much for the cast to work with, resulting in no particularly memorable performances. The screenplay also has some shallow moments as well, as often the characters are depicted as rather self centered, and there is also a feeling of too many ideas trying to be crammed in, and a number of these are simply underdeveloped and don't fit in that well with the main plotline, dragging down the overall film.
All in all, however, the film is entertaining, with some very good effects, stunning aerial sequences and some good gags. However, it is sometimes shallow, poorly written and tends to drag, so it's not worth going out of your way to see.
Stars: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Eddie Marsan, Jae Head, David Mattey, Maetrix Fitten, Thomas Lennon, Johnny Galecki.
Saturn nominations: Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor (Will Smith), Best Supporting Actress (Charlize Theron).