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Hancock (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 2 July 2008 (USA)
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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image.

Director:

Peter Berg

Writers:

Vincent Ngo (as Vy Vincent Ngo), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... John Hancock
Charlize Theron ... Mary
Jason Bateman ... Ray
Jae Head ... Aaron
Eddie Marsan ... Red
David Mattey ... Man Mountain
Maetrix Fitten Maetrix Fitten ... Matrix
Thomas Lennon ... Mike
Johnny Galecki ... Jeremy
Hayley Marie Norman ... Hottie
Dorothy Cecchi Dorothy Cecchi ... Woman in Dive Bar
Michelle Lemon Michelle Lemon ... Girl at Bus Bench
Akiva Goldsman ... Executive
Michael Mann ... Executive
Brad Leland ... Executive
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Storyline

The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. Written by Rob Marshall, Chicago, IL

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He is saving the world whether we like it or not. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Vietnamese | English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tonight, He Comes See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,603,879, 6 July 2008

Gross USA:

$227,946,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$624,386,771
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Brad Leland: "Executive #3" See more »

Goofs

When Ray is lying on the bed drunk, talking to Hancock, he asks Hancock to help him up. In the first shot, they grab each other's forearms for leverage. In the following shot, they use their hands. See more »

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Police Officer: All units. All units. Code 3 pursuit of 2-11 white SUV heading east on Alameda service road. Suspects: three Asian males. Request back-up immediately. Be advised. Shots fired. Shots fired.
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Alternate Versions

An extended cut was released on DVD and Blu-Ray featuring several additional and modified scenes. The additional scenes include, but are not limited to: Hancock bringing a girl to his trailer to have sex, Mary Embrey driving to Hancock's trailer instead of flying there, and Hancock getting off a prison bus while chained to other prisoners whom he drags behind him. See more »

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Featured in Superhumans: The Making of 'Hancock' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Serves You Right To Suffer
Written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"It's you! Handjob!"
11 July 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

The moment I saw the preview for Hancock, this just looked like the most ridicules movie that could be made, I was sure that it was going to flop or get horrendous reviews. But after talking to people who saw it, it was half/half of either they loved it or hated it, so I guess this was just a movie I had to see for myself. So I watched it yesterday, I am dumbfounded, I'm the half/half, I loved it and I hated it. I felt like the beginning was just silly and rushed, not to mention that the villain was just under developed and didn't have any depth to why he was so bad. But however, I did like the little twist they had, which I refuse to give away, even though I did predict it sadly, it's one of those things you'll have to see. But I also did enjoy the originality, it's not just a typical super hero movie with all the stereotypes, it was John Hancock(which by the way should've taken place in Chicago after it's famous building).

John Hancock is a homeless bum who just has a bad attitude along with a horrible drinking problem, he also is different, he is a super hero. The only problem? He causes a lot of damage when he "saves the day" and doesn't care what people think. But when a failing advertiser, Ray Embroy, is saved by John, Ray offers John a chance to look good and be the ultimate super hero. But Ray's wife, Mary, isn't so excited and has a little secret about her and John. But Ray is determined and will make sure that Hancock is a great super hero for the whole city.

Hancock is over all an alright film, it's not bad by any means, but I feel like it could have been so much more with a better script. Not to mention some of the camera angles were a little extreme, there were times where I thought the cameraman was on a tilt-a-whirl and I felt sick. But for the story I'll admit that it was original and fun at times, Will Smith is a good actor, I will always admit that, but it seems like his movies(which are always released around the fourth of July, you notice) have become like a love letter to him and how great he is. Hancock is worth the look, but I'd recommend the rental, it's just a notch under a great blockbuster.

6/10


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