Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is another entertaining romp for the Marvel-superhero franchise. Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), is treading on thin ice when his fiancée, Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), thinks he's more interested in a series of cosmic phenomena occurring around the earth than in the preparations for their upcoming wedding. Sorry, ladies, but Reed is right. The disturbances are caused by a surge of cosmic power from a mysterious being called the Silver Surfer (an all-CGI creation, modeled by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne), who not only zooms around the skies on his board, but also has enough power to fight the FF, sometimes by turning their own power against them, not only mixing up Sue and Reed, but also Johnny Storm, the Human Torch (Chris Evans), and Ben Grimm, the Thing (Michael Chiklis). But that's not the worst of it. The Surfer is only an opening act, a herald looking for planets that his master, Galactus, can consume for his sustenance. With its initial installment, Fantastic Four established itself as the superhero franchise that didn't take itself too seriously, and that continues here. There are numerous moments of laugh-out-loud humor, and the most angst they suffer is whether Sue and Reed will ever be able to live a normal family life. (That, and whether they'll ever really get married, of course.) If Fantastic Four were a normal superhero franchise, the ending would be a knock-down drag-out war with Galactus, featuring the FF in a colossal battle for the planet Earth and the lives of everyone on it. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer just doesn't do that, and we don't quite get the payoff we expected. Effects are dazzling, but the Surfer looks too metallic, more like a skyriding T-1000 robot. --David Horiuchi On the DVD Are you getting tired of big movies initially coming out on substandard DVDs only to be released in better versions later? No such worries with the Power Cosmic Edition of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which delivers the goods. The double-sided disc 1 has both widescreen and full-screen editions of the movie, with two commentary tracks. On the first, director Tim Story talks about FF inside jokes and what had to be cut out of the movie. The second combines producer Avi Arad (has anyone recorded more superhero DVD commentaries?), screenwriter Don Payne, and editors Peter S. Elliot and William Hoy (only the last two sound like they were actually in the room at the same time) covering some of the same ground: comic-book references, special effects, etc. On disc 2 are five extended/deleted scenes (almost 10 minutes total) with commentary by Story, including a longer title sequence and some comic relief. "Family Bonds" is a 46-minute "fly on the wall" documentary that follows the crew as they scout locations, test early special effects, and then work with the cast. There's a multi-angle look at the Fantasticar and five featurettes (some of which are more substantial than you'd expect for that term). Topics include the development of the Fantasticar (10 minutes), the Surfer effects (15 minutes), the history of the Surfer in comic books (39 minutes, with interviews of Stan Lee, Jim Starlin, and Ron Marz, and Lee describes himself as his own biggest fan!), the Thing suit (11 minutes), and the music score (four minutes). --David Horiuchi Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Extras View exclusive clips (including interviews with Fantastic Four Creator Stan Lee and Screenwriter Don Payne), download AIM icons and wallpapers and browse the extensive photo gallery at our Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer minisite. Beyond Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Fantastic Four Toys & Games Fantastic Four Paperback Series Fantastic Four Comics & Graphic Novels Fantastic Four Video Games Fantastic Four Posters, Stickers and More Fantastic Four Apparel More of the Four on DVD Fantastic Four Extended Cut The Fantastic Four Animated Series Fantastic Four on Blu-Ray Stills from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Director(s): Tim Story
Production: 20th Century Fox
  3 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

[Ben and Leonard walk into the lab where Victor is.]

Ben. Come in.

[Ben and Leonard stop walking.]

What is this? Where's Reed?

Where do you think? With Sue.

[Ben turns to Leonard.]

I'll take it from here, Leonard.

Yes, sir.

[As Leonard turns around and walks towards the elevator, Ben turns to Victor and walks up to him.]

What do you want, Vic?

To help you. The machine– is ready.

[Walks closer] But Reed said it wouldn't be–

He also said we'd avoid that storm in space. But we all know how that turned out. He couldn't generate enough power for the machine to reach critical mass. Yet another mistake for Mr. Fantastic.

[Walks closer] And you can?

Yes. Tell me, do you want to be Ben Grimm again?

[Ben looks down at his hands, then closes his eyes. He opens his eyes and looks up at Victor. The doors of the machine open. Ben steps inside the machine. He turns around to see Victor before the doors close. Victor sets the machine to its highest level, then presses a button on the machine. The levels rise as Ben groans from inside the machine just before the equipment begins to power down. Walking over to the containment area of the machine, Victor opens it, revealing a miniture storm. As the storm swirled around, Victor reaches inside the containment unit and uses his powers to power up the machine, causing lightning to flow from inside the containment unit and into the machine. The machine's power levels rise higher and higher as Ben's screams fill the air. As the cosmic energy flowed through Victor and the machine, lights began to flash through the lab and the top of the building, causing the lights in the building to flicker. In Reed's bedroom, Reed is lying on a bed when he slowly opens his eyes and notices the lights flicker. Sue is looking through a medicine cabinet when she notices the lights flicker. In Times Square, Johnny sees lights flashing through the building and runs to it.]

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