Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

After their defeat of Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon – from television's Nip/Tuck), the members of The Fantastic Four's lives are more manageable. Sue Storm (Jessica Alba – Fantastic Four, Sin City) and Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd – King Arthur, Black Hawk Down) are thinking of finally getting married and their wedding is the biggest news of the year. The Thing/Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis – from television's The Shield), usually a grumpy block of stone, is finding happiness with blind sculptor, Alicia Masters (Kerry Washington – The Last King of Scotland, Little Man). Johnny Storm (Chris Evans – Cellular, London)…well, he's just having a good time! They should have known that this down time was just a blip on the radar.

General Hager (Andre Braugher – Poseidon, City of Angels), who is not the biggest fan of the Fantastic Four, calls on Richards to developing a machine that will be able to track the climatic/electric disturbances that have been happening all over the world. Hiding the fact that he' working on this instead of focusing on his wedding, Richards develops the machine and right in the middle of the wedding ceremony it goes off. A creature dubbed the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones – Lady in the Water, Pan's Labyrinth) appears and causes the wedding to grind to a crashing halt. Hager and the Fantastic Four realize that the very existence of Earth is at risk, so they jump into action. Another shock is in store for the four super heroes as they not only discover that Dr. Doom is not dead but they are asked to work with him to bring down the Silver Surfer. This could be the Fantastic four's biggest test yet.

Unlike many of the modern super hero films, there is no darkness to the Fantastic Four and there are even plenty of moments of comedy to be found in the two films. I don't know if this means that director Tim Story (Taxi, Barbershop) is trying to make a less 'serious' super hero film or what. Doesn't matter, the end result is that the film is full of action coupled with comedic moments. I don't mind campy, but I am not sure that that is what they were going for. Is it funny or just silly?

This latest Fantastic Four film's story will be like one of those black cases in Mission:Impossible as it will self-destruct the moment you finish watching it. You will not remember any of it. And that is because there is nothing memorable about the film except the cool special effects used to create the Silver Surfer and his board. Other than this particular effect the story is quite weak with a few logic problems and the acting is mediocre. Sometimes I wonder about Jessica Alba…The latest Fantastic four film won't require any thought from you and it is the perfect type of film to watch when you do not have the energy to think, but don't expect anything other than good special effects from it.

Special Features:
– Extended/Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director Tim Story)
– Family Bonds: The Making of Fantastic four: Rise of the silver Surfer documentary
– Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of The Silver Surfer featurette
– The FantastiCar: State of the Art featurette
– The Power Cosmic special effects featurette
– Character Design With Spectral Motion featurette
– Scoring the Fantastic featurette
– Interactive FantastiCar concept images gallery
– Theatrical Trailers
– Still Galleries (Behind the Scenes/Characters/Concept Art)

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