Hancock

92 min. minutes | Rated PG-13

Unfortunately, as with I Am Legend and I, Robot, Will Smith has developed the unfortunate tendency to make all his popcorn flicks as heavy as a brain-dead Hamlet. Director Peter Berg—whose The Rundown is one of the most underrated action films of the last 10 years—always brings a lot of energy to the screen. Jason Bateman, who projects a terrific dry wit on television, has yet to make a film that captures his small-screen charisma. As a PR flack who’s trying to build a better world through branding, he almost disappears from his scenes with Smith. Charlize Theron has some fun as Bateman’s lover, but her character sucks the fun out of the movie and replaces it with pointless mythology. Rarely has a dumb movie struggled so hard to be weighty. Hancock, with its stupid second-act twists, gives itself a hernia trying to do some completely unnecessary heavy lifting.

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Film Credits
Director
Peter Berg
Cast
Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Adam Del Rio, Jameson Dixon Jr.