Fantastic Four

Four astronauts, who are in space to try and conduct research which will help cure diseases and the like, are exposed to a radioactive cosmic storm and it seems to change their whole physical makeup. The astronauts are instilled with powers typical of each of their strong suits and flaws. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd – Black Hawk Down, Titanic), now known as Mr. Fantastic, whose naïve dreams turns into a power of unlimited flexibility and stretching abilities, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba – Sin City, Never Been Kissed), now known as the Invisible Woman, as an independent and opinionated woman develops the ability to disappear and to throw off powerful force fields, Johnny Storm (Chris Evans – Cellular, Not Another Teen Movie), now known as The Human Torch, whose quick temper turns into the power to turn his whole body into a ball of flame, and Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis – from television's 'The Shield'), now known as The Thing, a man with a strong character becomes an incredibly powerful rock man. They are now a band of super heroes knows as The Fantastic Four. The downside is that the wealthy sponsor of the space mission, Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon – from television's 'Nip/Tuck'), is also exposed and he becomes a dangerous super villain. This sets the stage for a battle between The Fantastic Four and the evil Dr. Von Doom.

This is the type of film that has nothing else as its purpose other than to 'entertain' the viewer. It is full of action scenes, some romance with beautiful people, humour, and some eye catching special effects. It doesn't make any pretenses to being anything other than superficial fluff and in some instances that is ok. What I kind of enjoyed about this film was that it did not take itself too seriously – for God's sake people; it's based on a comic book! There was plenty of over-the-top humour and kitsch, which I enjoyed. I know some fans of the comic book series were upset with some of the changes that were made by the makers of the film, but I do not think this is necessarily wrong because they are trying to attract as many people as possible to the film and not just uber-fans. I think it would be impossible to stay completely true to the comic book as is the case with all previous super heroes who have been adapted to film (Batman, Superman, The Incredible Hulk, etc.); they have had to make some compromises to the characters. Director Tim Story (Taxi, Barbershop) keeps the story and action moving. He does not stretch out the film unnecessarily to make it reach that mystical 2-hour mark that seems so popular with directors lately. The acting in the film is decent and the cast fits in well with the roles they've been cast in. Pop some popcorn and sit down in front of your television and prepare yourself to have fun for an hour and 45 minutes.

Special Features:
-Deleted scenes
-Fantastic four video diary
-Making of Fantastic four
-Fantastic Four: Making a scene
-Fantastic four: Casting session
-Music videos: 'Everything Burns' and 'Come On Come In'
-Trailers: theatrical trailer, theatrical teaser, Marvel Avengers
-Inside Look: A sneak look at the upcoming Fox project X Men 3

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