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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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Director: Tim Story

Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans


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The world's most famous team of astronauts-cum-superheroes returns in the effects-heavy sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. As the story opens, Sue Storm (aka The Invisible Girl [Jessica Alba]) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic [Ioan Gruffudd]) prepare for their upcoming,


The world's most famous team of astronauts-cum-superheroes returns in the effects-heavy sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. As the story opens, Sue Storm (aka The Invisible Girl [Jessica Alba]) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic [Ioan Gruffudd]) prepare for their upcoming, superhero-studded wedding celebration. But Reed cannot stay focused on the nuptials -- he's distracted by wire reports of a bizarre, comet-like object hurtling toward the Earth with tremendous force, triggering brownouts, blackouts, tropical storms, and various other climatological disasters. When the said object hits the island of Manhattan, destroying much of the city in its wake, its identity becomes resoundingly clear. "It" is actually a "he" -- a psychotic villain known as The Silver Surfer (voice of Larry Fishburne) who intends, for some unascertainable reason, to destroy much of the Earth, just as he obliterated dozens of planets before it. Feeling compelled to rally their old gang and save the day, Sue and Reed summon Ben Grimm (aka The Thing [Michael Chiklis]) and Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch [Chris Evans]) to take on the Surfer -- and end up battling not only him, but an obnoxious Army general (Andre Braugher) and the cantankerous Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), who has broken out of his icy prison that held him captive at the end of the first movie. Tim Story returns to direct this sequel.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The Fantastic Four is back -- returning with the same creative team that delivered the lukewarm first film, though thankfully they got it a bit more right this time, despite the appearance of some of the same hiccups that will continue to plague the series. What the sequel does right is bring with it an air of fun that families and uncritical fans can sit back and enjoy after suffering through far too many mega-serious comic adaptations (Superman Returns) or commercial junk that somehow earned money despite its high reading on the junk meter (Ghost Rider -- you're it). Sometimes tone is everything, and that's really what saves Rise of the Silver Surfer from its obvious blemishes. There's a buoyant air to the flick, made even more amusing since the plot is basically "the end of the world if saved by a dysfunctional superhero unit." New to the series is the title's main character -- The Silver Surfer, who though voiced by Laurence Fishburne, is brought to life with grace by performance actor and frequent Guillermo del Toro collaborator Doug Jones. Just watching this shiny alien being is a big-screen wonder, which, thanks to the seamless FX, makes this a mighty marvel to behold indeed. As far as the story is concerned, the film is thankfully not weighed down by any kind of origin tale, which adds much to the overall product. Sadly, there are just some things that this series cannot live down -- the biggest problem being the casting. Though Ioan Gruffudd fares better this time as the brainy man of rubber Reed Richards (he gets extra points for the ultra-silly dance scene -- not unlike Spider-Man 3's from the same year), as his wife, Jessica Alba is just as invisible as her character's superpowers. Additionally, Julian McMahon continues to weird audiences out with his plucked eyebrows and inability to bring a true menace to the character of Dr. Doom. And the less said about Kerry Washington and her annoying blind-person acting, the better. Rounding out the gang, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans trump much of the rest of the cast, with Evans once again stealing the spotlight and actually accepting a bit of the dramatic weight that Chiklis hefted in the first film. Of course, questions about the production still persist -- something that comic fans will no doubt be scratching their heads over. As usual, director Tim Story doesn't go all the way with the adaptation, disappointing anyone looking for an actual physical appearance of the planet-eating Galactus. One gets the feeling that by trying to appeal to the smallest audience member and by not going the extra mile with the budget, the film ends up being a bit too accepting of its middle-of-the-roadness -- which can be said about its comedy as well as its action. One thing is for sure, though, a bit of lightness and spectacle can go a long way, and for that, Rise of the Silver Surfer gets a passing grade, even if it comes with a resigned sigh for what the franchise could still be.

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Special Features

Commentary by director Tim Story; Commentary by film editors Peter Eilliot and Bill Hoy; Saving the World One Question at a Time triva game; Who Dares Defy Cactus ? strategy game; Enhanced for D-Box Motion Control Systems; Extended and deletedd scenes with optional commentary by Tim Story; Family Bonds - The Making of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer documentary; The Fantasticar: State of the Art featurette; The Power Cosmic featurette; Scoring the Fantastic featurette; Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of the Silver Surfer documentary; Still Galleries: Behind the Scenes, and Concept Art; Theatrrical trailers in High Definition

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ioan Gruffudd Reed Richards
Jessica Alba Sue Storm
Chris Evans Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington Alicia Masters
Andre Braugher General Hager
Laurence Fishburne Silver Surfer
Doug Jones Silver Surfer
Beau Garrett Captain Raye
Brian Posehn Wedding Minister
Zach Grenier Rafke Sherman
Dawn Chubai Anchorwoman
Chris Gailus Anchorman
Kevin McNulty Baxter Building Doorman
Andy Stahl Tailor
Debbie Timuss Hot Party Girl #1
Moneca Delain Hot Party Girl #2
Crystal Lowe Hot Party Girl #3
Chris Calleri Club DJ
Kenneth Welsh Dr. Jeff Wagner
Ben Ayers Guard #1
Vanessa Minnillo Johnny's Wedding Date
Alicia Thorgrimsson New York Pedestrian
Valerie Tian New York Teen Girl #1
Jeanna Haddow New York Teen Girl #2
Ali Costinam New York Teen Girl #3
Patricia Harras Fan Four Receptionist
Gonzalo Menendez Lieutenant
Suzanne Ristic Airline Woman
Giuliana DePandi Entertainment Reporter
Malcom Boddington Pub Owner
Cole Landels Gift Shop Kid
Cameron Cleary Flower Girl
Stan Lee Rejected Wedding Guest
Silver Butler Wedding Planner
Michasha Armstrong Wedding Security
Hitoshi Ikezaki Japanese Fisherman
Peter Kawasaki Japanese Fisherman
Fareed Abdelhak Egyptian Tour Guide
Toshiya Agata Voice Only
Robin Atkin Downes Voice Only
Kerry M. Gutierrez Voice Only
Akira Kaneda Voice Only
Luisa Leschin Voice Only
Joey Naber Voice Only
Jen Sung Outerbridge Voice Only
Claudette Wells Voice Only
Steve Apostolina Voice Only
Jessica Gee Voice Only
Karen Huie Voice Only
Jim Lau Voice Only
Lucy Lin Voice Only
Kazumi Nakamura Voice Only
Paul Pape Voice Only
Alan Shearman Voice Only
Pepper Sweeney Voice Only
Ron Yuan Voice Only
Yoshio Be Voice Only
Lisa Gerber Voice Only
Carlon Jeffrey Voice Only
Peter Lavin Voice Only
Lydia Look Voice Only
Saemi Nakamura Voice Only
Moira Quirk Voice Only
Dennis Singletary Voice Only
Shane Sweet Voice Only
Lyannanne Zager Voice Only
Edita Brychta Voice Only
Jean Gilpin Voice Only
Walter Emanuel Jones Voice Only
Conan Lee Voice Only
Caitlin McKenna Voice Only
Paula Jane Newman Voice Only
Michelle Ruff Voice Only
Julian Stone Voice Only
Paul Tuerpé Voice Only

Technical Credits
Tim Story Director
Lloyd Adams Stunts
Trevor Addie Stunts
Steven A. Adelson Camera Operator
Mark Aisbelt Stunts
Dave Alexander Stunts
Avi Arad Producer
Brett Armstrong Stunts
Chris Atkinson Stunts
Aaron Au Stunts
Bill Badalato Production Manager


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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Worst superhero movie
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This is one of the few sequels that was as good, if not a little better, than the first one. The story line could have been written a little better in a few parts, but seeing the characters' relationships and how they were as individuals was definitely improved. If you liked the first one, the second is a must see.
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Although this story doesn't have the depth that spider-man and x-men does, it doesn't cross into any areas that would be questionable for young viewers. I only noticed one profanity (mild at that)and my 14, 10 and 5 year olds all enjoyed the movie. A must for family night.
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This is so much better than the original movie. I wish these movies were a bit longer since the story always feels rushed, but rest assured comic fans, this movie is an improvement in every way compared to the horrible original. As an introduction to the Silver Surfer, I give it a thumbs-up. Granted, details can be argued against but honestly for the general audience I think it holds up well.
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Better than the original, but that isn't saying much. The original was purely awful. This one brings hope to fans of the characters.
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Though Marvel has hit recent home runs with Iron Man and Incredible Hulk, their Fantastic 4 movies have a lot to be desired for. The Silver Surfer just looks to CGI and there just doesn't seem to be anything worth while going on in the movie. There doesn't seem to be any chemistry between Sue Storm and Mr. Fantastic, mostly due to no real characterization in this or the first movie. They intend to get married through out the film,which just doesn't work for a this second film. Maybe if there would be a third movie, do it there, but with no chemistry between the actors and actresses, no great action sequences, the film seems to fall flat.