Combustible Celluloid
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With: (voices) Rick D. Wasserman, Lisa Ann Beley, Mark Hildreth, Kevin Michael Richardson, Liam O'Brien, Marc Worden, Michael Kopsa, Sam Vincent, Russell Roberts, Advah Soudack, Paul Dobson
Written by: Greg Johnson, based on a comic book by Greg Pak
Directed by: Sam Liu
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 81
Date: 02/02/2010

Planet Hulk (2010)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Green Streak

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Iron Man and several others have decided that the Hulk is too much of a menace to remain on earth, so they send him into outer space. After the enraged Hulk goes on a rampage, his spaceship goes through a wormhole and he winds up on an alien planet, captured and enslaved. He is forced to fight, Gladiator-style, in a stadium for the amusement of the Red King. The Hulk excels in battle and some begin to believe that he might be the "chosen one," destined to save the planet. Eventually his fellow slaves decide to band together and find a way out of their predicament, but the Hulk only has one thing on his mind: smash the king.

The Hulk's predicament and behavior in this story makes an interesting comparison with the moods of ol' Green Skin's teenage fans (i.e. feelings of not fitting in). Unfortunately, the constant battle sequences and humorless tone of the movie do not leave much room for any kind of real emotional connection with the characters. In this tale, the Hulk never returns to his human form, and thus the battle between his two "sides" takes place on a less visceral, visual level. Likewise, the villain is terribly uninteresting, and the plot twists are a little too transparent.

For what might have been a decent Saturday morning cartoon-type adventure, Planet Hulk is very violent, and indeed, has very little to offer but violence. The Hulk's fits of rage can cause even more tension than the slicing and dicing and blood and gore of the battle sequences. The animation is solid, however, and perhaps die-hard Hulk fans can find something worthwhile here.

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