The Once Over: Hancock

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Will Smith.  An actor with films that make him seem superhuman.  I, Robot.  MIB. I Am Legend.   This time, in Hancock, he is a superhuman character.

The film opens up nicely.  Hancock is a drunk bum sleeping on a bench with alcohol bottles all around him.  After a little kid wakes him up, he stops a car chase on an LA highway between gunmen and police.  In the process he causes millions of dollars in damage and makes a lot of people mad.

Eventually he saves a PR guy from getting hit by a train.  This guy, Ray Embrey, played by actor Jason Bateman, is desperate for work.  Instead of getting mad at Hancock he thanks him and invites him home for dinner.  Ray's wife, Mary, played by the beautiful Charlize Theron, steps outside to meet them and instantly you can see there is an inner turmoil within her.  But all she does for a while is act really angry and frustrated towards Hancock and you don't know why.

Ray ends up being Hancock's PR guy and the rest of the movie works on improving Hancock's image so that he does not look as bad to the public.  Hancock spends time in jail, goes to anger management meetings, even stops drinking.

Don't get me wrong, there are other twists in the movie that I really cannot give away.  And while most of the movie is really good, it ends a little melodramatically.  The ending, and some low budget CGI at various moments in the movie, are my only complaints.

Rated: PG-13 for violence and language
Running time: 92 minutes
Overall: 3.5 out of 5