Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Reed Richards, a brilliant but timid and bankrupt scientist, is convinced that evolution can be triggered by clouds of cosmic energy, and has calculated that Earth is going to pass one of these clouds soon. Together with his friend and partner, the gruff yet gentle astronaut muscle-man Ben Grimm, Reed convinces his conceited MIT classmate Dr. Victor Von Doom, now CEO of his own enterprise, to allow him access to his privately-owned space station. Von Doom agrees in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. He thus brings aboard Susan Storm, his shy, though assertive chief genetics researcher and a former lover of Reed's with whom she had an acrimonious break-up, and her diametrically opposed brother Johnny, the maverick and hot-headed playboy pilot. The astronauts make it home intact; however, before long they begin to mutate, developing strange and amazing powers as a result of their exposure to the cloud! Reed is able to...Written by
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WILHELM SCREAM: used at least twice during the last fight of the film. Once as the bus is thrown, and then again shortly after. See more »
When Reed is evaluating the group members, the screen lists Ben's powers as "superhuman strenght" rather than "strength." See more »
Typical of Victor Von Doom to build a 30 foot statue of himself.
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There is a scene in the closing credits: Dr Doom is seen on a ship heading to his home country Latveria. See more »
The Airline version is slightly different. The following difference's include:
Instead of the talk Sue and Reed have on the bridge, they're in a Planetarium instead.
During the final confrontation with Dr. Doom, Thing knocks open a fire hydrant and Mr. Fantastic puts his body in an "S" shape to amplify the water, instead in this version it cuts to Thing using his foot as if he did everything himself.
The scene where Victor opens the energy globe and puts his arm in it to increase power, large bolts of electricity jump out in the theatrical version, in this version, there are no bolts of electricity, indicating the effects were not finished.
The scene where Reed proposes to Sue on the boat, he just stands up normally and delivers his proposal with a different acting take.He doesn't kneel down while still standing as he did in the theatrical version.
Some shots of crashing cars on the bridge were cut.
Some language was cut, mostly reference's to God.
The scene where Victor picks up his phone and says " Leonard, bring Ben Grimm to the Baxter Building " was changed to " Leonard, bring me my Lab Rat ".
The Death of Victors' boss is slightly edited.
The scene where Thing walks into the bar has a different song playing and the glasses don't shake, nor does the record skip in this version.
During the scene where Sue, Reed and Johnny are taking a cab to the Brooklyn Bridge we hear a voice-over of Reed saying " Ben told us to meet him here at the Brooklyn Bridge " after this voice over it cuts to the three of them in the car.
This does not happen in the theatrical version.
During the scene where Johnny puts a shirt on and burns it and tells Reed and Sue he has " a serious problem " we can actually hear him yell off-screen and also hear flames shoot out as well before he informs then of what happened. In the Theatrical Version we just see his burnt shirt and the following line.
Although the film was shot in the Super 35 process, this version Pans and Scans as if it were shot in Anamorphic Widescreen instead of properly framing it for Full Frame as most Super 35 films are.
I recently watched the 2005 version of "The Fantastic Four" in preparation for the reboot that is in theaters now. This movie and its sequel, "Rise of the Silver Surfer" are 20th Century Fox productions. The Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises were both leased out to Fox prior to Marvel getting its own film production studios, and like other Marvel properties from before the MCU, this film is often bashed by comic book fans.
I personally don't see what's not to like here. Indeed, I think that this film does a great job portraying the FF's origin story. Sure, The Thing looks a bit hokey in what is clearly a rubberized suit of some sort, and I think they surely could have found an actor that looked more like Reed Richards from the comics than Ioan Gruffudd (that's quite the name, by the way!). But all in all, this is a.....fantastic....film. lol
I give it 8/10 stars. Jessica Alba does great as Sue Storm, and Julian McMahon is a superb Dr. Doom. The plot and the acting are well done, and the pace of the storytelling is good as well. To me, there's much more to like in this movie than to dislike.
Language note, though: There is one "GD" in this movie, which I wasn't expecting (it's when Ben Grimm is in the hospital bed after returning from space). I guess it just goes to show that Marvel movies were not always kid-friendly even before the recent trend in the MCU line. So heads up for that.
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