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FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER by Tim Story

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Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) and Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman are preparing their wedding, and after several failed attempts, this time they want to get it right. But strange things happen all over the world, and huge craters appear at several locations, and General Hager (Andre Braugher) requests their help. While Sue is busy preparing the wedding, her brother Johnny a.k.a. The Human Torch (Chris Evans) and Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing (Michael Chiklis) are busy preparing Reed’s bachelor party – and Reed Richards is busy constructing a sensor that is able to locate the source of the cosmic power responsible for the alarming incidents.
The source of the cosmic power reveals itself as the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones / voice by Laurence Fishburne) when he disturbs Reed’s and Sue’s wedding. Johnny pursues and finally intercepts the Silver Surfer, only to learn that his powers are insignificant compared to those of the Surfer. The Silver Surfer is the herald of a cosmic force, known as Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, and has come to prepare Earth to be consumed by Galactus. Time is running out for Earth, and the Fantastic Four are the only ones who may be able to save the world …

The Silver Surfer: “All that you know, is at an end.”

Fans of the Silver Surfer have waited a long time to finally see him on the big screen, and now they may be a bit disappointed by some details in the movie – his power cosmic coming from his board, the non-appearance of Galactus in his giant-human form and the lack of any philosophical debate between the Surfer and Galactus.
But on the plus side there is the appropriate depiction of his general appearance, his elegance, and his almost ultimate power.
Oh, and almost forgot, the Fantastic Four are also in this movie. And they are much the same as in Fantastic Four, which means Ioan Gruffudd is still a bit wooden (and the FX when he stretches still a bit shoddy), but less than in Part 1, Jessica Alba still looks great (and has another nude in public-moment – but you don’t see anything, of course!), The Thing still doesn’t look like rock, and Johnny/Chris Evans is still the coolest of them.
Victor Von Doom/Julian McMahon also returns, but is pale compared to the Surfer. Nice guest appearance by Stan Lee, though!
Acting and characterization have not been, are not, and probably wonít ever be the strength of the F4 franchise, but the action/FX-scenes are decent enough to entertain (but not overwhelm) the fans for the moderate running time of 92 minutes.
And the film score by John Ottman has definitly improved over the first Fantastic Four.

The Fantastic Four  The Silver Surfer 
Jessica Alba and Chris Evans  Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd 

The Silver Surfer drops the Human Torch from the Skies

The Silver Surfer drops the Human Torch from the Skies


Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer movie trailer

One Response to “FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER by Tim Story”

  1. Movie Review » WE ARE MONSTERS by John Shackleton Says:

    […] British independent SF movie in which a suburban schoolgirl joins a mutant gang. Uncovering a global conspiracy, they must fight to protect society. With Doug Jones (“Abe” from Hellboy, and “The Silver Surfer” from Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer!) […]

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