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Film Released: 2008
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Crime, Drama
Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
Directed by: Peter Berg
film is set in Los Angeles where John Hancock (played by Will Smith) resides.
But Hancock is no ordinary man. He has superhuman powers, including the ability
to fly and invulnerability and although, he uses his powers to rescue people and
stop criminals, he is an unhappy, cynical and depressed being who is unkempt and
has taken to drink and causes millions of dollars of damage to property
during his rescues through general carelessness. He has become
unpopular with the populace and is looked upon as a positive menace by the
police who have subpoenaed him on numerous occasions to account for all the
property damage, which, of course, Hancock has ignored .
One day PR Executive Ray Embrey (played by Jason Bateman),
becomes trapped on a railway line in his car, with a freight train fast
approaching. Hancock saves Ray's life, derailing the train and damaging other
cars in the process, and is subsequently jeered by the people present for
causing more chaos and damage. However Ray, grateful for his life, thanks him
openly and takes him home to meet his son and wife Mary (played by Charlize
Theron). Ray makes it his mission to change his Hancock's public image so
that people will love him, despite Hancock's reluctance. Mary seems to have
taken an instant dislike to Hancock and tries to convince Ray not to
bother....without any success.
sets his PR knowledge to work, and convinces Hancock to turn himself in for his
outstanding subpoenas in the hope that whilst Hancock is in jail, the crime rate
will increase thus proving he is needed on the streets of LA. The plan
works and the Chief of Police calls on Hancock's help to help stop a violent
bank robbery. Hancock is released and dressed in a new superhero costume
devised by Ray, proceeds to rescue a wounded police officer and stop the robbers
without causing too much damage. His efforts are applauded by the police and
public and he is once again, the city's popular hero.
However after a celebration dinner with Ray and Mary during which Ray has too
much to drink and subsequently goes to bed, Hancock makes a discovery
about Mary which is to change all of their lives. As this is such a new film, we
won't tell you the ending here.
food aspect occurs relatively early in the film, when Ray first takes
Hancock home and offers him dinner.
" We started spaghetti madness about 2 years ago. We do it every Thursday ...
Here's our version of the dish which Mary cooked - Spaghetti with Meatballs - so
you can have your own Spaghetti Madness Thursday....or any day.
Spaghetti Madness HT
4 Beef Herbs Vegetables
Spices Main Course Eggless
240ml/8fl.oz. Beef Stock
1 x 400g/14oz tin Chopped Tomatoes
A pinch of Sugar
1 level teasp Dried Mixed Herbs
Salt and Pepper
1 Large Onion, finely chopped or grated
450g/1lb Lean Minced Beef
4 tbsp Fresh Breadcrumbs
3 tbsp Freshly Chopped Parsley
Flour for dusting
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
400g/14oz Long Spaghetti