Fantastic Four Review
Synopsis:A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.
Fantastic Four (2005) is a 1h 46-minute American-German science-fiction action adventure superhero film that was based on the Marvel Comics team, Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four was the second live-action Fantastic Four film to be shot with the first film being titled The Fantastic Four, which turned out to be a B-movie that was unreleased. The movie had an estimated budget of $100 million and grossed over $330 million at the box office. Director Tim Story (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Ride Along (2014), Think Like a Man (2012)) did a fantastic job executing this movie. I applaud the writers for introducing to the backstory of each character and how they became the person they are.
Fantastic Four began by introducing us to Physicist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd - Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Titanic (1997), King Arthur (2004)) who thinks that evolution occurred millions of years ago on Earth. He believes that Earth might face the same problem all too soon, gathers with his friend’s astronaut Ben Grimm and his former classmate at MIT Victor Von Doom, who is now the CEO of Von Doom Industries. Von allowed Reed access to his space station so that he can test the effects of a biological sample of exposure to the cloud but there is a catch, Von will have control over the experiment and will receive the majority of the profits. Reed ex-girlfriend and Von ‘s chief genetics researcher Sue Storm (Jessica Alba - Sin City (2005), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Valentine’s Day (2010)) and her ex-astronaut brother Johnny Storm joins them.
The group travels to outer space so that they can observe the cosmic energy clouds closely but things do not go the way they planned. Something happened, and all of the group changed majorily because they gained superpowers. Reed’s body can be stretched like rubber whereas Susan/Sue can generate force shields and become invisible at will. Johnny Storm (Chris Evans - The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Captain America: Civil War (2016)) can fly without help and engulf himself on fire. Ben (Michael Chiklis - The Shield (2002-2008), The Commish (1991-1996), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)) has superhuman strength and durability when he transforms into a rock-like creature. Von (Julian McMahon - Nip/Tuck (2003-2010), Home and Away (1990-1991), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)) who was back at the station gets a scar on his face which was caused from the console exploding.
The group was soon named the Fantastic Four by the media after they use their various abilities to contain a horrible situation on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was caused by Ben after his fiance broke up with him. Reed assures the group that he will make a machine to recreate the storm and that should help them reverse their abilities. He warns them that the machine can also accelerate their superpowers. Von Doom’s arm has changed into metal which gives him superhuman strength that can produce bolts of electricity. Von’s primary objective now is to get revenge, and the rest is for you to discover.
Fantastic Four is a great family movie that my family has enjoyed watching together several times and has not got tired of it after so many years. I would recommend all families with kids who are at the appropriate age to watch this fantastic action film. All of the actors did an excellent job with their respective roles. The special effects, sound, sets, cinematography, and editing was nicely done resulting in a score of seven. It is one of the best action adventure-action-hero movies that grownups and kids alike can enjoy. There is mild sexual content that kids should not be able to understand.
About Fantastic Four (2005)
Original Title: Fantastic 4
Runtime: 106 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Total Avg. Votes: 12
Writers: Mark Frost, Michael France, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Director: Tim Story