Fantastic Four (Extended Edition)
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In this thrill-filled live-action Marvel Comics adaptation director Tim Story (BARBER SHOP) balances comedy romantic intrigue special effects high action and even scientific trivia for a rounded FANTASTIC FOUR. Here Mister Fantastic Invisible Woman The Human Torch and The Thing come together on a space mission that goes wrong. The ships owner - who later transforms into evil Doctor Doom - refuses to abort the mission during a solar storm which electrifies the ship and its entire crew causing radical changes to their DNA. Back on earth the transformed heroes adjust to their new powers which are specific to their personalities. Mister Fantastic who lacks assertion has stretchy limbs of rubber. Invisible Woman who loves Fantastic but thinks he cant see her for who she really is does a disappearing act. The Human Torch an immature guy who is brimming with energy can burst into flames. And finally The Thing a great friend who is as solid as a rock actually turns into one - and loses his wife due to his weighty disposition. Holing up in Fantastics scientific lab where they run experiments on themselves in hopes of changing back to normal the crew learns that Doctor Doom - who is so power hungry that he turns into metal and is able to conduct electrical currents - poses a serious threat. The heroes quickly master their abilities and channel their scientific smarts for one truly fantastic five-way face-off. Visually action sequences give way to tranquil interludes such as the New York City skyline with the Fantastics lab glowing atop a skyscraper while plot-wise the interplay between the characters brings a human element to the film with some touching moments from The Thing. This extended edition of the film is longer than the theatrical version.
Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer Review
It's probably fair to say that, while the first "Fantastic Four" did reasonably well at the box office, it wasn't the most inspired comic book outing. Well the good news is that this follow-up is an improvement on its predecessor with much of that down to the debut of another iconic Marvel character. The film sees the blue-suited quartet called into action when a series of huge holes start appearing around the world thanks to a mysterious power source. Obviously the power source in question turns out to be the Silver Surfer, the emissary of the evil intergalactic monster Galactus, who intends to eat the Earth within the week. With the fate of the planet in their hands, can the Fantastic Four find a way to get the Surfer to change sides and help them in their fight?
While most of this summers other blockbusters all over-long and over-complicated, "Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer" is actually a bit of a relief. It runs less than 100 minutes, doesn't take itself too seriously and delivers enough bang for your buck to justify the ticket price. The four themselves (Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis) have settled into their roles nicely while the Silver Surfer is beautifully realised thanks to some superb CGI based on Doug Jones' motion capture work and Laurence Fishburne's velvety tones.
Writers Don Payne and Mark Frost could maybe have opted to drop the returning Dr. Doom from this instalment - his addition does maybe over-egg the pudding slightly - but that's a minor gripe for the only film so far this blockbuster season to exceed expectations.
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Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
Classification: Action Adventure
Certificate: 12 Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Director Name: Tim Story
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Release Date: 11-06-2007