FILM REVIEW: Lou Ferrigno’s Liberator

I’m a child of the 60’s, which means although I’ve seen three different screen / CGI incarnations of The Hulk, as far as I’m concerned there will only ever be one… Lou Ferrigno (it’s also worth pointing out that Lou also voiced the Hulk for all three of those screen versions too!).

I was really intrigued to see Lou outside of the green body paint, (the last time being Hercules back in 1983!), in Liberator, as an over-the-hill superhero trying to get back to his former glory.

LIBERATOR is a crowd-funded 18-minute short film/pilot starring Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) as a disgraced, washed-up ex-superhero trying to get his life back on the rails. Also stars Peta Wilson (“La Femme Nikita”), Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (“Bloodfist”) and the legendary Ed Asner (“Up”) as President Whitlock. It is a pure geek labor of love. LIBERATOR won ten awards on the festival circuit including Best Dramatic Short from CalShorts, Best Short from Cinerockom and Award of Excellence from Indiefest. The short film also led to a 2-issue LIBERATOR comic book series and graphic novel from Bluewater.

Liberator is a short film, at only a mere eighteen minutes. It introduces the Liberator, firstly in his origins as a part of a three-man superhero team, working wholesale for the US Govt. The first half of the film follows his fall from grace,  after a government-manufactured incident, which subsequently discredits him in the eyes of the public. The final act details how he tries to reconcile his relationship with his estranged daughter, whilst getting his reputation and true calling back into gear.

Liberator clearly had a limited budget but don’t let that put you off. The script is gritty and pulls no punches in the first two acts. The final act is a little harder to watch as Ferrigno is no more or less an actor than Sly Stallone (both body builders with a hearing defect incidentally), but he is admirably supported by a great supporting cast including Ed Asner, and genre favourites Peta Wilson & Michael Dorn.

Eighteen minutes of your life well spent… and I hope we get more in due course…


GS Blogger: Silverfox

GS Rating: 4/5


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