Hancock

Hancock

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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Hancock / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

So I walk into a screening of Hancock, hoping for something along the black-humoured lines of Bad Santa. Despite a lacklustre opening salvo, with some crummy CGI, it seems to be heading in the right direction. “McDonalds fucked you up,” says Hancock to a fat man. He’s drunk, he’s careless, he’s an asshole.

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Variety

Variety

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

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.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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

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

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.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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

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.

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