Someone give him a Nobel Peace Prize already, lest he makes more movies where he saves the world. Be it Independence Day or Men in Black or I-Robot, it seems like Will Smith just can’t resist signing sci-fi flicks where he eventually must save (some part of) the planet. Considering that none of the aforementioned flicks were commercial disasters, Director Peter Berg must have thought that by casting Will Smith as John Hancock , the movie would be a hit regardless of how badly made it was.
Hancock, if I were to describe it in two words is a ‘royal mess’. The script though it looks unique has too many loose ends, leaving the viewer confused and annoyed. The movie starts steadily with a couple of funny moments but soon loses its way, only to regain it later…just to lose it once again. Performance-wise, Will Smith almost mechanically goes through the motions, not even once looking like he could save the movie. Charlize Theron, an immensely talented actress looks stunningly different but that’s about it. Jason Bateman too is thoroughly wasted in this one.
It really doesn’t make sense why this film was made the way it was. On paper it had everything that would make a wonderful movie, but somehow all of that went out the window. Though the movie has somehow made big bucks at the box-office, it’s one of the most disappointing releases of the year for this reviewer at least. Watch it if you like to see Will Smith save the world, or else just save your cash!
Rating: 2 out of 5.
What the Ratings Mean:
0 – Terrible Beyond Imagination
1 – Mostly Pathetic
2 – Strictly OK
3 – Good
4 – Very Good
5 – Bow Down and Worship!