Hancock

Hancock

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Hancock
The Fresh Prince (and we make no apolgies if that description is getting old) a.k.a. Will Smith plays an alcoholic superhero despised by everyone. A publicist (Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman) helps rehabilitate him, but the superhero eventually begins an affair with the publicist's wife (Charlize Theron).

The film was originally title 'Tonight, He Comes' before it was changed to 'John Hancock', then shortened to just 'Hancock'. Directors previously attached to direct include Tony Scott and Michael Mann.
2008Rating: M, Contains violence and offensive language92 minsUSA
ActionComedy
Director:
Peter Berg ('The Kingdom', 'Friday Night Lights')
Writer:
Vincent NgoVince Gilligan
Cast:
Will SmithJason BatemanCharlize Theron
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The effects are snazzy, even if they pass by quite quickly, and there's enough going on to keep audiences watching, if not entirely happy. Smith, Theron and Bateman capably handle the main roles, but such is the skimpiness of the scenario that no further characters make any impact.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Will Smith memorably starred in sci-fi movies called things such as I, Robot and I Am Legend. This one could be called I, Asshole or I Am Asshole, or perhaps just Asshole.

2.0
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Bateman doesn't make a false move, and a stellar Charlize Theron springs her own bolts from the blue as Ray's wife. As for Smith, he's on fire. There's nothing like a star shining on his highest beams. You follow him anywhere.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Hancock is like watching a car crash in slow motion. Fortunately it's more of an amusing one than tragic, but it's messy all the same.

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Newshub

Newshub

press

The first 30 minutes are fun, this is such an inspired idea for a superhero movie. Which makes its sudden unexpected and unfortunate downward trajectory even more disappointing.

2.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

The script - daft, wildly uneven, derivative and confused, though it may be - is also genuinely funny, nicely paced, and mercifully short.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The ideas run out before the movie does, and the mood shifts dramatically about halfway through with some not-funny-at-all violence, but the film-makers deserve points for not being afraid to tinker with the superhero genre.

0

That bum deserved a funnier ending.

A drunk bum superhero, what a brilliant idea it was... until the good old American values make surface again (patriotism, flag, violin and tears). Is it another pathetic attempt to convert the American public? Too bad it crossed the frontiers. There is nothing worse than turning a anti-hero into a hero.

1.0
0

Prologue

Is this just the 1st part of Trilogy? Who are the bad gus really? The movie passed pleasantly enough, at the end this felt like it was setting the scene for next episode. Somehow then got padded to a full length movie. Casting Will Smith was probabay a mistake, you expect him to be continuously funny and this was not a comedy.

2.0
0

Better than 'The Happening'

A drunk super-hero with Will Smith in the lead role? This could have been comical magic. But the laughs don’t last and it strangely turns into every other super-hero movie you’ve seen but devoid of any humour. I left feeling a little cheated and imagining what could have been. I can’t think of a really funny super-hero movie. What a unique opportunity...

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The effects are snazzy, even if they pass by quite quickly, and there's enough going on to keep audiences watching, if not entirely happy. Smith, Theron and Bateman capably handle the main roles, but such is the skimpiness of the scenario that no further characters make any impact.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Will Smith memorably starred in sci-fi movies called things such as I, Robot and I Am Legend. This one could be called I, Asshole or I Am Asshole, or perhaps just Asshole.

2.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Bateman doesn't make a false move, and a stellar Charlize Theron springs her own bolts from the blue as Ray's wife. As for Smith, he's on fire. There's nothing like a star shining on his highest beams. You follow him anywhere.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Hancock is like watching a car crash in slow motion. Fortunately it's more of an amusing one than tragic, but it's messy all the same.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The first 30 minutes are fun, this is such an inspired idea for a superhero movie. Which makes its sudden unexpected and unfortunate downward trajectory even more disappointing.

2.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

The script - daft, wildly uneven, derivative and confused, though it may be - is also genuinely funny, nicely paced, and mercifully short.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The ideas run out before the movie does, and the mood shifts dramatically about halfway through with some not-funny-at-all violence, but the film-makers deserve points for not being afraid to tinker with the superhero genre.

0

That bum deserved a funnier ending.

A drunk bum superhero, what a brilliant idea it was... until the good old American values make surface again (patriotism, flag, violin and tears). Is it another pathetic attempt to convert the American public? Too bad it crossed the frontiers. There is nothing worse than turning a anti-hero into a hero.

1.0
0

Prologue

Is this just the 1st part of Trilogy? Who are the bad gus really? The movie passed pleasantly enough, at the end this felt like it was setting the scene for next episode. Somehow then got padded to a full length movie. Casting Will Smith was probabay a mistake, you expect him to be continuously funny and this was not a comedy.

2.0
0

Better than 'The Happening'

A drunk super-hero with Will Smith in the lead role? This could have been comical magic. But the laughs don’t last and it strangely turns into every other super-hero movie you’ve seen but devoid of any humour. I left feeling a little cheated and imagining what could have been. I can’t think of a really funny super-hero movie. What a unique...

2.0
0