Distributed by: Columbia Pictures

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When Hancock first hit theaters, I didnít have time to see it.  Itís not that I wasnít intrigued by the concept of a superhero that was nothing anyone would expect, but I simply had too much going on at the time.  By the time I had a moment to see the film, it had left the theaters.  Everyone kept telling me how terrific this movie was, but I never got around to seeing it until the other day.

            Hancock stars Will Smith as John Hancock, a drunk and disheveled man with superhuman powers.  Although Hancock uses his powers to help people, he does so in rather non-conventional ways.  Finding a beached whale, Hancock decides to help the whale get back to the oceanÖby flinging it out to sea, striking a sailboat in the process.  While attempting to stop an armed robbery, Hancock causes all sorts of property damage all over Los Angeles.  It goes without saying that Hancockís relationship with the public at large has suffered thanks to his methods of fighting crime.  And Iím sure that it doesnít help his public image to be seen around town looking like a homeless drunk.

            In steps Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), a public relations specialist whose life is saved by Hancock.  When everyone begins to criticize the hero for his actions and methods in saving Embrey, Ray stands up for his hero.  Later, Ray offers to help improve Hancockís public image.  Thatís when things get really interesting.  We eventually learn that Hancock is not the only one of his kind as he once thought and that his counterpart (Charlize Theron), who just happens to be Rayís wife, wants Hancock out of L.A.

            Hancock is supposed to be an action film was some comedic qualities.  The film definitely has some really exciting action scenes, but I for one enjoyed the comedic moments of this film most.  This movie is at its best when Hancock is his politically incorrect self, spouting curses and using unconventional methods to save lives and fight crime.  My favorite scene involves Hancock addressing a neighborhood bully who has been terrorizing Ray's son.  Hancock attempts to have a talk with the boy, but it would seem that this bully doesnít respond to such methods.  So Hancock reverts back to his old tricks, teaching the boy a lesson about bullying he will never forget.  I now recite that scene with all of my friends who have seen the movie - I canít recount the scene here because it includes some foul language.

            Another scene involves Hancock and an overzealous fan who goes a tad overboard in her lust for Hancock.  He tries to warn her of the consequences, but she ignores his pleas andÖwell, I canít exactly describe that scene except to say that the results are hysterical.

            And thatís one of the many reasons why children should not be allowed to watch this film.  Thereís a great deal of foul language, sexual situations and violence that parents may not want their children to observe.  Hancock is not a hero for everyone, but for those of us who are not perfect, this hero - a man who is less Superman and more average joe with some less than average powers - suits us just fine.

            I hear talk of a Hancock sequel being bandied around.  I can honestly say that if there is a sequel, I will not let this film pass me by.  I canít wait to see just what craziness Hancock is going to perform next, all in the name of peace, justice and the American way.


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