Hancock is the new Will Smith film coming to theaters on 07/02/2008, Fourth of July weekend. The film was originally written by Vincent Ngo and was modified by Vince Gilligan to fit it into the Hollywood market. The film was directed by Peter Berg, who also directed Friday Night Lights, The Rundown & The Kingdom, he also had a career as an actor playing in a lot of B movies. I think Aspen Extreme was probably the best movie he was in :-)
Hancock is a superhero with a bit of a twist. He's a sloppy drunk superhero who really doesn't give a shit about being what he is. He feels alienated because he is the one and only superhero. He can't relate to anyone, so he drinks a ton. When he does rescue people he does it without any regard to public property and cost the taxpayers about $9 million. Now everyone in Los Angeles wants his head. So after saving Ray Embrey's(Jason Bateman) life, he sees an opportunity to change things around for Hancock. Ray is a PR executive that has been trying to get companies to promote giving unsuccessfully so this becomes his ticket. Rays wife, Mary, is played by Charlize Theron. From there I will just say the story goes.
I thought the movies did a good job of pushing the limits with it's comedy and has some really good action scenes. The movie starts off very funny and has you laughing for the better part of the first 40 minutes and then it changes a bit, but still holds some comedic value after. I really enjoyed the film and even though they made some major changes from the original script, I think they did it right.
I've read a few of the critics reports and many gave it ** to **1/2 for the most part. For me it was better than that. I really enjoyed it for the full 92 minutes.
Rating: 4 out of 5