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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Fantastic Four 2 Better Then First One But Still Flawed

6/10
Author: tburke85 from United States
5 June 2009

Fantastic Four Rise Of The Silver Surfer is better than the first one but it still has some flaws that are in the previous film. Director Tim Story does an okay job of bringing this movie based on a comic book to the big screen with more action and improved special effects but the camp factor hurts the movie as a whole. The cast are good in their roles including Ian Grufford as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm/ The Human Torch, Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm/The Thing, and Julian McMahon as their nemesis Victor Doom. Kerry Washington is all right as Ben's girlfriend Alicia but unfortunately she isn't given nearly enough screen time. Besides Evans as Johnny and Chilkis as Ben who stand out in the cast one of the best things about this sequel is the introduction of the Silver Surfer. In his first big screen appearance his character does leave an impression. He's played by Doug Jones and Laurence Fishburne provides the voice for the character and they both do a solid job as the newest and more interesting foe/ally to the Fantastic Four. The rest of the cast are good in their small roles including Andre Braugher and Beau Garrett who at least try to bring life to their characters but unfortunately they lack screen time. As mentioned before the special effects and the action sequences are better then the first one but they're not as near as good as they could've been since none of them really even last that long. Some other problems I found with the film was that McMahon's character Doom didn't really need to be in it because they already fought him in the first one. McMahon makes for a good villain but his character takes a backseat to the Silver Surfer who at least to me is a much more worthy adversary with an interesting back story. A few other flaws were that it seemed Michael Chiklis lacked screen time too as The Thing and he wasn't involved in the action as much as he was in the previous one but he still turns in a good performance. The dialgoue wasn't the greatest at times either and the planet eating Galactus a popular character in the comics is given a brief cameo as this cloudy mist thing from outer space only showing up a couple times here and there before being easily defeated. With its problems aside however this sequel is still an entertaining comic book movie with good performances by most of the cast, just the right amount of action, some humor, cool special effects, and a little romance that keeps the film moving at a steady pace. If you're a fan of the first movie than you'll probably enjoy this one as well.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A grossly underrated Fantastic experience!!!!

9/10
Author: sn939
7 May 2009

Off late, especially with the relatively recent success of The Dark Knight, the general perception of audiences seems to be that the darker and more 'realistic' the tone of a superhero film, the more success it attains. While this is certainly true if you consider the two Nolan-directed Batman films, the first two X-men films, Burton's 1989 Batman film and a few others I could name; the truth is that it is not merely the dark tone that makes the film successful but the little things like plot construction, storytelling, characterization etc. which are oft overlooked these days. Another factor to be taken into account is whether a dark tone suits the character. Batman and the X-men may be dark because that tone suits the world they inhabit and the kind of stories that can be told with their characters. But try making Superman dark, and you'll find the result is not all that endearing. Which is why, I've never really understood the criticism directed towards the Fantastic Four films in general, and this one in particular for their 'campiness' and 'unrealism'. After all the Fantastic Four have always been campy and fun, because they were created in an era where comics were supposed to be campy and fun. After all, you cant expect a franchise which revolves around a family of celebrity superheroes constantly bickering with one another to be exactly dark and serious can you. And as far as the unrealism bit is concerned, the Fantastic Four have always been fantasy characters: they have always been about breaking the barriers and exploring new worlds of science and mysticism. They were never meant to be all that realistic in the first place. Which is why I think this film, while certainly not one the epic scale of TDK, is definitely one of the better superhero movies of all time. The campiness and the humour is present, though not over the top. The plot is simple, yet effective. The special effects are outstanding. And even amidst all the humour and fantasy, we have a few 'down to earth' character moments which remind us that our heroes are, after all, ordinary people with their own likes, dislikes, fears and anxieties. Reed Richards(Ion Gruduff) is torn between his dedication to science and to protecting the world. Sue Storm(Jessica Alba) is concerned about the effect of the team's very public superhero lifestyle will have on her future with Reed. Chris Evans does a great job as the Ben Grimm, interacting well with other characters and generally doing a good job as the resident strongman of the team. But as with the first film, it is Michael Chilkins who steals the show with his portrayal of Johnny Storm. The character is developed much further from being the shallow showman and exhibitionist of the previous film. While those external trappings are still present, even emphasized in the sequel, Johnny is portrayed as being a lot deeper. We empathize with him over his 'alienation' from the team due to his abnormal 'power problems', understand his frustration when he learns that Reed and Sue secretly plan to end their superheroic careers, and his feeling of guilt when he realizes he is continuously letting down his friends due to his hot-headedness. Johnny greatly grows as a character in this installment, though of course, it is Reed and Sue who remain the 'real' protagonists. The film does have a few flaws though. One of them is the Silver Surfer. Not so much the portrayal of the character (Doug Jones and Laurence Fishburn do a great job on that and the effects are spectacular), but I often thought that the Silver Surfer's background could have been expanded upon, given that he is the title character and the perceived 'villain' for much of the film. His origins and his connection to Galactus could have been brought out more clearly. Also, as in the previous film, the climax, though excellently filmed, could have been more elaborate. We have Johnny Storm acquiring the powers of all his teammates and fighting Doctor Doom but the main antagonist, Galactus, appears for all of three minutes as a giant cloud and the whole 'end of the world' thing is over before you know it. If the Silver Surfer is not the villain, then Galactus is, but the Fantastic Four don't even face him, which does not lend too much credibility to him being the primary antagonist. So is Dr. Doom the real villain then. It seems likely, but then again, Doom does spend most of the film working with the Fantastic Four to capture the Silver Surfer. Basically, we have a good plot, good dialogue, characterization etc. but no clear focus on the antagonist. Otherwise, this film is truly a fantastic experience!

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

major improvement on the first !

8/10
Author: shadowman123 from United Kingdom
3 August 2008

The first Fantastic Four felt like a Lamborghini Gallordo, from the out-side you wanted to check it out but then once you saw it and experienced it, you realised that it was not all that and you felt cheated and left out. However just like Lamborghini, the makers of the disappointing Fantastic Four went back to the drawing board and gave us this version of the Fantastic Four , only this time round they threw the Silver Surfer in for good measure and to be honest , The Silver Surfer was the one who probably saved this one this time round. Although the problems that arose with the first film are still very apparent with this one , it is the Siover Surfer appearing out of nowhere with his presence that ends up saving the movie and not to mention Julian Mchmaon who helped give Doctor Doom a little more justice this time round. To conclude although Rise of The Silver Surfer might not be the greatest comic book movie made , the producer went away and done some research on the movie which made this one entertaining and fun to watch, worth a look at.

Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer - 8.3 out of 10

RISE...

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Fairly entertaining superhero fluff

6/10
Author: sme_no_densetsu from Canada
21 May 2008

I was one of those who thought that the first Fantastic Four movie wasn't as bad as everyone else seemed to think. This time around, though, I have to agree with the general consensus. "Rise of the Silver Surfer" is a passable superhero movie but certainly nothing special in any way.

All of the main characters are back from the previous film. In my opinion Ioan Gruffudd gives the best performance but this is hardly a film to be watched for acting. Jessica Alba is pretty awful but she's only there as eye candy, of course. Funny how so many female scientists in Hollywood films are drop dead gorgeous. But I digress...

The direction doesn't bear remarking upon but the special effects do not disappoint. Then again, the special effects are little help when the story isn't that interesting. It's standard 'save the world' superhero stuff with a predictable outcome. The internal struggles within the group aren't as intriguing as the last time around either.

If you must, see this one with low expectations. It's a decent diversion for superhero fans but otherwise utterly forgettable.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A Fantastic Follow-up!

10/10
Author: g-bodyl from United States
18 May 2008

The sequel of Fantastic Four is way better than I expected it to be. With all the negative reviews, I thought that this movie would be a piece of crap. The story starts when Reed and Susan are about to be married. Then, an unexpected visitor from outer space interrupts the proceedings. The four heroes along with the military and the venomous Doom must stop the mysterious Silver Surfer from destroying the planet. The acting in this film is great and possibly better than the first one. Doug Jones/Laurence Fishburne did a great job as the Silver Surfer. Ottman's music is good with a couple of great tunes. Chris Evans as Johnny Storm is hilarious. I hope that there is another sequel to this thrilling, great special-effects film. I rate this film a 10/10.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Fantastic 2 , not so fantastic

Author: I_Was_Incepted from Belgium
28 June 2007

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The movie opens with ominous tendrils of smoke and debris causing the slow destruction of an unnamed planet. Then a silver streak in seen leaving the floating remains and entering earth's atmosphere, serving as a dark omen for all. This moody set-up quickly dissolves as we are then thrown into the trials and tribulations of being public superheroes stuck in an airport. Which only leaves an air of confusion as we wonder, "they can afford their own building but can't afford their own jet?" But that soon passes as we are burdened with the frustrations of Reed Richards and Susan Storm as they try to become Mr. and Mrs. Fantastic, in a 30 minute sub-plot that seems to serve only as a means to kill time until something more exciting can happen. From that point on the movie trudges along as a by-the-numbers, save the world movie that has the Four pitted against a world-eating monster (reminiscent of Star Trek's VIGR) and his "herald", the Silver Surfer. In who's "board" allows him to channel cosmic power, which he uses to make the planet ready for his masters' arrival. Dr. Doom also returns in a most convenient and coincidental fashion. From that point the film moves along to its inevitable and predictable conclusion with a battle between the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom, and another one between The Silver Surfer and his master, Galactus. Both of these battles, which occupy a total of maybe 10 minutes, seem written in only as an after thought. It's amazing to see how the screen writers spent all this time on useless plot elements and gave no attention to the parts of the movie that would have served well to improve it.

While everything looks very pretty, unfortunately the characters have to speak and when that happens the illusion of an exciting and creative comic book movie quickly begins to fade away. While amusing in the first film, Chris Evans' cocky and self-absorbed Johnny Storm is now a little boring and (forgive the pun) burnt out. Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba seem to have lost what little chemistry they had from the first film and look bored as they "phone-in" their story of angst as public super heroes. Michael Chiklis' Ben Grimm seems to be the only character who has grown up from the previous film as he gets over his unfortunate transformation and begins to settle into his new life as a gentle orange giant.

What is most unfortunate is that the films most interesting characters (Dr. Doom, the Silver Surfer, and the much anticipated yet disappointing Galactus) get the least amount of screen time. Julian McMahon returns as his diabolical alter ego (not Christian Troy silly, the other one) Victor Von Doom as he searches for a new way to defeat his nemeses. McMahon plays his over the top villain brilliantly and steals the screen every time he's on it. Along with Von Doom the only other reason to stay seated is to get another glimpse of the Silver Surfer, who presence has more to say than his character. Doug Jones' physicality gives the Surfer great strength even while being tied down and tortured. But what Surfer fans are certainly looking forward to is a screen full of Galactus. Unfortunately members of the silver surfer fan-elite will be disappointed. This all leaves one wondering why some much time was wasted on the Fantastic Four when any one of these characters could be given two or three times the attention and could make for a more interesting movie.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Just as angsty and action-packed as SPIDER-MAN 3. But, in only half the time.

9/10
Author: Carycomic from Torrington, CT, USA
17 June 2007

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I was half-expecting another over-hyped, big-budget disappointment. Yet, to my surprise, I actually and thoroughly enjoyed myself!

The same group dynamic that made these four so believable in the first movie is back. As is--and I was even more surprised, by this (despite his name being present in the opening credits)--Victor Von Doom!!

The movie starts out with suitable eeriness, as the Surfer arrives on Earth, causing several weather anomalies reminiscent of that Demi Moore cult-classic, THE SEVENTH SEAL. With one of them occurring over a certain castle in Latveria.

Reed Richards, multi-tasker that he is, has been analyzing these phenomena while pretending to be focused solely on his upcoming wedding to Sue Storm (their fourth attempt, as it turns out). Basically, he builds a miniature radio telescope that's capable of tracking the Surfer's cosmic energy signature. Which, in turn, leads to the Surfer crashing the wedding party and, thereby, ruining it.

On top of all that, the now-famous chase scene--with the Surfer and Jonny Storm--makes the Human Torch's atomic structure unstable. Allowing him to switch super-powers with any or all of his teammates!

Of course, that was really just the script writers' way of allowing Jonny to literally walk in the shoes of the other three. Because, he is, as Capt. Frankie Raye so accurately points out, "...self-obsessed to the point of narcissism." Thus, giving him a much-needed (and, perhaps, long-overdue) lesson in humility and unselfishness.

If only SPIDER-MAN 3 could have gotten that point across a little bit sooner, it might not have tanked so badly at the box office.

In any event, I loved this movie, immensely. I especially loved the tweaking of Galactus' appearance. Instead of a flesh-and-blood giant in purple armor, we get some kind of sentient energy being who camouflages himself in a giant cloud of interstellar smog!

The only reason I don't give it a perfect ten? It's plausible that Reed could extrapolate, via computerized backtracking of the Surfer's energy trail, what other star systems the latter had visited. Yet, how could he know what planets in those systems had been drained of all life? And, how could he figure out the length of time it took?

If anybody can think of a plausible answer, feel free to post it on the gray message boards. Seriously!

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

The Silver Sufer Delivers but....

Author: DJAkin (Donjakin1988@gmail.com) from AZ
17 June 2007

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If know saw the movie only, then you might not know that The Silver Surfer wields the "Power Cosmic," absorbing and manipulating the universe's cosmic energy, and is almost totally indestructible. He can navigate through space, hyperspace, and dimensional barriers, and he can fly at near-limitless speeds on his board, entering hyperspace when he exceeds light speed. He has even proved capable of time travel on occasion. The Surfer, who sustains himself by converting matter into energy, does not require food, drink, air, or sleep. He is immune to extreme temperatures from the human torch and most radiation, and he can survive in vacuum environments such as outer space and hyperspace. He can analyze and manipulate matter and energy, and restructure or animate matter at will, even transmuting elements. I am sad that he was tortured by that one man. He can heal living beings such as Mrs. Storm and he has proved capable of revitalizing and evolving organic life on a planet-wide scale. He can alter the size of himself or of other matter, cast illusions, fire energy blasts, form manipulate energy constructs, absorb and discharge most forms of energy, and phase through solid matter!! His senses enable him to detect objects and energies light years away and to perceive matter and energy in subatomic detail. Trust me, he can beat up Spiderman and Superman. The Surfer can even see through time, and with concentration he can achieve limited perception of past and future events in his general vicinity. He has demonstrated limited telepathic ability on occasion and has proved able to influence human emotion and sensation. The Surfer's board in this movie is composed of the same impervious, cosmic-powered silvery material as its master's skin and is mentally linked to the Surfer as we see in the forest. It moves in response to his thoughts even when he is not in physical contact with it. The board is almost totally indestructible, but on those rare occasions when it is damaged or destroyed, the Surfer is able to repair or even re-create it. The Surfer can attack opponents remotely by directing the board against them, and the board is capable of absorbing and imprisoning other beings, at least temporarily. I wish he would have done that on Dr. Doom. Obviously, Galactus exiled the Surfer to Earth, his means of imprisonment was linked to the board. When Surfer and the Fantastic Four realized this, Surfer put it to the test by leaving the board planet-side and entering space in the Four's spacecraft. Once he was free of Earth, the Surfer remotely converted the board to energy, recalled it to him, and reformed it in space! All in all, a good movie.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Excellent Sequel

9/10
Author: henriklundberg88 from United Kingdom
1 July 2007

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When going to the cinema I was rather dubious about this title especially after I heard what they had done to Galactus, so I was not expecting to be amazed. However as soon as the started sequence kicked in I was interesting for it was some very impressive special effects, so I carried on watching and it just kept getting better and better. Had more action then the first but also interesting character development (even though was the typical development in most super hero shows) but what was great addition in this film was the dialogue, the comic lines where very amusing and very funny, also the whole celebrity angle was actually quite realistic because that what would happen if some people saved lives and had super powers.

The Silver Surfer looked excellent, even though his characters wasn't as developed as he should of been it was enough to make his character have depth.

Galactus, was amazing I loved the whole giant robot/ being in the old cartoons sitting on a throne. The way he was presented was a lot more impressive and quite simple awesome (some of the special effects when it gets close to earth where jaw dropping), the only issue was he was not shown enough as a thinking entity or living being, he was kinda show as a giant monster, there was not enough reason or back story given to it, it was not shown as a complicated entity like it was in the comics and cartoons. But it exceeded my expectations in presentation and appearance.

Summary: Some of the best special effects have ever seen, excellent action good comedy and interesting characters.

Overall a damn good hero movie even though they had made quite a few changes.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

What a pleasant surprise

7/10
Author: powerfull_jedi from Portugal
19 June 2007

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Well, for 2€ you could do a lot worst these days, as far as movies are concerned. I knew there was a sequel coming out, the first one despite being so bad and unfunny managed to still make big bucks putting itself close to another comic book juggernaut(Batman) at that same year. I had little to no expectations for this movie and come out somewhat surprised, as if Tim Story read the feedback from the first movie and complied, granted that the movie still has it's flaws, it's still an enjoyable experience. On the eve of Sue Storm and Reed Richard's much televised and awaited wedding, a strange object appears from outer space and starts making odd changes. The military asks Reed to built a tracking device(which he builds secretly without Sue's knowledge) to track down this object. Said object happens to crash Sue and Reed's wedding, Johnny follows the object, only to discover it's an odd silver humanoid alien with a board. Their first confrontation ends soon and while tracking it down, an old acquaintance/enemy(Dr. Doom) of the team offers a helping hand, but his intentions are anything but good. The plot is pretty much it, nothing too fancy about it and the right amount of confrontation with Sue having to deal with her celebrity status, and Johnny also feels hurt that the team might be in danger of breaking up and that his powers are getting out of control. Here's the good part, the special effects are nice(save for some cartoony and well, obviously CG), which is what you expect from a superhero movie these days. The humor is frankly better then the original and it's a feel-good, often non-serious movie, nor very dark. Now here's the bad part... for a movie that's called Rise of the Silver Surfer his screen time is fairly small(and so is his «boss»'s) and he doesn't really do much, it's like Fox and Marvel's advertising of X-men 3 and the Angel character, remember that? Don't expect Victor Von Doom to have a much better confrontation then he did last time, it lasts a while longer but not by much but thank God, the annoying voice is gone. The storyline is kinda silly, it's amazing how the team and the army jump from one point of the globe to another, considering it's all done under a week. Also, why does the army have a prison in Siberia and what was the point of that torture scene? It's a superhero movie aimed at younger viewers, mostly, but what was that? Finally, once again Chris Evans and Mike Chikilis steal the show, with Jessica Alba and Ioan Grudoff being just as bad as their original roles: charisma-free. Still, if you have a chance be sure to check it out. If you're into light-hearted superhero movies this is for you.

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