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Hancock - Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Peter Berg

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There are heroes... there are superheroes... and then there's Hancock.

With great power comes great responsibility - everyone knows that - everyone, that is, except Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic and misunderstood, Hancock's well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough - as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn't the kind of man who cares what other people think - until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock's greatest challenge yet - and a task that may prove impossible as Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), insists that he's a lost cause.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy superhero relationship image PR super powers crime drama action costume

Persons of interest

  • Will Smith .... John Hancock
  • Charlize Theron .... Mary Embrey
  • Jason Bateman .... Ray Embrey
  • Jae Head .... Aaron Embrey
  • Eddie Marsan .... Red
  • David Mattey .... Man Mountain
  • Maetrix Fitten .... Matrix
  • Thomas Lennon .... Mike
  • Johnny Galecki .... Jeremy
  • Darrell Foster .... Police Sergeant
  • Liz Wicker .... Female Cop
  • Daeg Faerch .... Michel
  • Vince Gilligan .... Screenwriter
  • Vincent Ngo .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Berg .... Director

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Theatrical report

I was surprised by Hancock because it looked like a wacky Will Smith smart-arse comedy but it turned out to be a funny Will Smith drama. John Hancock is a blend of Will Smith in Men In Black and Will Smith in I am legend: really funny but with a dark side. What I really like about this film is that it's not your typical superhero flick: there's no radioactive waste, there's no great responsibility, there's no sidekick. What I didn't like about this film is that the last act turns on a super-convenient co-incidence: in a metropolis of 13 million residents the superhero happens to rescue a PR guy who happens to believe in him and happens to be married to the only other immortal super-person on the planet. What, immortals only like to live in the USA?

Hancock is a fun and interesting addition to the genre but would have been better without the love triangle (not that there's anything wrong with a threesome). I would've liked to see a reluctant hero, a lonely god, not just true love and a wisecrack.

The comedy, superhero movie Hancock is directed by Peter Berg and stars Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron.

Government security censorship classification

M (Violence and coarse language)

Surveillance time

92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 July 2008

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