Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger, Ralph Winter, Michael Barnathan (executive), Chris Columbus (executive), Kevin Feige (executive), Stan Lee (executive), Mark Radcliffe (executive) for 20th Century Fox, Constantin Film, Marvel Comics, 1492 Pictures
directed by Tim Story
starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Andre Braugher, Doug Jones, Laurence Fishburne (voice), Beau Garrett, Brian Posehn, Zach Grenier, Dawn Chubai, Chris Gailus, Kevin McNulty, Andy stahl, Debbie Timuss, Moneca Delain, Crystal Lowe, Kenneth Welch, Vanessa Minnillo, Alicia Thorgrimsson, Valerie Tian, Jeanna Haddow, Ali Costigan, Patricia Harras, Gonzalo Menendez, Suzanne Ristic, Giuliana DePandi, Lauren Sanchez, Malcolm Boddington, Cole Landels, Cameron Cleary, Stan Lee, Silver Butler, Michasa Armstrong, Hitoshi Ikezaki, Peter Kawasaki, Fareed Abdelhak
story by John Turman, Mark Frost, screenplay by Don Payne, Mark Frost, based on the Marvel Comics-comicbook created by Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (artist), music by John Ottman, special effects by Spectral Motion Inc, Giant Killer Robots, digital effects by Weta Digital, Hydraulx, The Orphanage, Hammerhead Productions, Digiscope, G Creative Solutions, Lola Visual Effects, Sandbox Pictures, CafeFX, Pixel Playground, Custom Film Effects, Svengali Visual Effects, Soho VFX, Image Engine Design, Gentle Giant Studios, XYZ-RGB, RotoFactory, miniature effects by Dave Asling
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Earth is in peril, threatened by some surfer-like being that has
visited various worlds which all were utterly destroyed following his
visit. So an army bigshot, General Hager (Andre Braugher) asks scientist
Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) for assistance - but Richards refuses, as he
is about to marry his girlfriend Sue Storn (Jessica Alba) ... and from
here on we are treated with an overlong sequence of wedding preparations
that almost brings the film to a halt. And since Richards is also
moonlighting for the gouvernment a bit, we are also treated to endless
arguments between him and Sue, and ultimately they decide to leave their
team of superheroes, the titular Fantastic Four - featuring besides
Richards, who has an amazingly elastic body, and Sue, who can turn herself
invisible and create forcefields, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans), who can turn
himself into a human torch and has the ability to fly, and Ben Grimm
(Michael Chiklis), who is superstrong and impervious to bullets but looks
like a monster.
Finally, the wedding is on, but it is interrupted by the arrival of the
surfer-like being, dubbed the Silver Surfer (played by Dough Jones but
voiced by Laurence Fishburne), who ... well, interrupts the wedding by
flying by. Johnny quickly turns into flame-mode and flies after him - but
when the two literally bump into each other, Johnny temporarily loses his
powers but is now able to exchange superpowers with anyone else of his
Eventually, the Fantastic Four figure that the Surfer's superpowers
emmanate from his surfboard, so they look for a way to seperate him from
his board and contain both of them ... and to that end, the army has
brought in the Four's deadly enemy Victor von Doom (Julian McMahon) - who,
need I say it, wants to use the surfboard for his own ends, which are, it
seems, evil by definition (though it is never explained what his own ends
might actually be other than fighting the Fantastic Four).
Of course, the Fantastic Four and Doom manage to capture the Surfer and
seperate him from his board, and of course, Doom eventually manages to
steal the board to ... well, surf, I think. But then Sue talks to the
Surfer and finds out that he is not the villain of the piece but merely a
herald for Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, an energy being that
devours worlds, and since the Surfer was only forced to be the herald, it
is easy for Sue to talk him out of it and win him over to the side of good
- but unfortunately, without his board the Surfer is nothing, so the
Fantastic Four have to fight Doom to get the board back - which is
ultimately achieved when Johnny absorbs all of his teammates powers and
goes one on one with surfing Doom - and of course, he manages to get the
board back while it's not clear what happens to Doom.
In the course of the fight, Sue has lost her life because she protected
the Surfer, but the Surfer is so moved by this tiny gesture that, once he
has his board back, he revives her, then he goes against Galactus,
destroying them both in the process - though it's not clear how, this
story arc is merely resolved by an explosion.
And just when you thought it was over we are treated to Sue and Reed
marrying yet again, this time without interruption.
The Silver Surfer and Galactus are amongst the coolest characters of Marvel's
Fantastic Four comics, but while the Silver Surfer is at least
given something to do, Galactus, in the comics a being resembling a giant
robot, is reduced to a form of energy - which is a major disappointment.
Another disappointment is the incredibly weak script: Instead of
concentrating on the main plot, which is pretty much about the end of the
world, the film is sidetracked by endless scenes of wedding preparations
and incredibly clichéd arguments about relationships and such, while
another subplot - Doom and the surfboard - fails to get much attention at
all. Add to this a disappointing finale, no giant robot, and the
same weak cast (except for Julian McMahon) that also was in Fantastic
Four from 2 years ago, and you are left with pretty little.
Definitely not worth your while.