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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The Thing's weight is inconsistent throughout the film. For example, at the beginning, he's heavy enough to collapse a hospital bed while simply laying in it, but when he's thrown into a moving car by Dr. Doom at the end of the film, he does little more than dent the hood and apparently has little impact on the vehicle's maneuverability. See more »
Typical of Victor Von Doom to build a 30 foot statue of himself.
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The Marvel logo features comic-book images of the Fantastic Four in its pages; it's also shaded blue, the uniform colour of the Four. See more »
In the US/UK a modified version was released on DVD. For example, the UK release has scenes, dialogue and effects shots different to the Hong Kong, French and German versions. There are reports of the Canadian version being affected also. These changes include:
Reed and Sue rekindling their romance is shown in a scene with the pair walking and talking, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. The Hong Kong version loses this scene and replaces it with one where the two are seen in a planetarium, whereby the scene ends rather abruptly before the pair kiss
Dr Doom saying "Goodbye, Ben" is missing from the final fight scene in the Hong Kong release, but present in the UK edition
When Dr Doom is engulfed in the fire at the end, his yell has him emitting a fiery breath in the Hong Kong release but this effects is missing from the UK edition
Dr Doom's line as he emerges from the fire is cut short in the Hong Kong release. The words "A little heat?" do not appear, but are in the UK edition
During the final confrontation in the UK release as The Thing uses his foot to direct water at Dr Doom, Mr Fantastic helps by using his powers to direct the water from the fire hydrant onto Dr Doom. However, he is not present in the Hong Kong version and The Thing seems to defeat Doom by himself
Reed's proposal to Sue is also different. In the UK version, he bends down on one knee by stretching himself, whilst maintaining eye contact with Sue. In the Hong Kong release, he actually gets down on one knee for real
Dr Doom's voice is different in both version. In the UK version his voice sounds normal, whilst in the Hong Kong edition his voice takes on a more eerie quality, and sounds like he is talking from behind his mask
In that there are Four of them. But Fantastic? More like "Mediocre", or "Barely Adequate", or "Contractually Sufficient".
For once, the reviewers were right. This film is a big, rambling, poorly conceived, sloppily scripted, shoddily acted pile of orange rubble. Avoid it, or suffer the consequences.
It's hard to know where to begin, there's so much wrong with it. For a start, the acting "talent" is AWOL. TV performers don't inevitably get lost on the big screen, but this cadre evited it. Alba turns in the exact same performance that she always does, going through her entire range, from "pouty and petulant" to "petulant and pouty". Evans is either a strutting superannuated fratboy poseur, or for some reason is deliberately playing one so well that it's hard to tell the difference - either way, his character is thoroughly irritating and utterly unsympathetic. Chiklis is adequate, but is let down by the plain fact that he's a round little man in a big rubber muscle suit. This was a role for Ron Perlman, not Wimpy. Gruffudd is a huge disappointment; he has no screen presence, and his slightly out-of-his-depth portrayal of Hornblower is apparently the man, not the character. It would have been better if he had been invisible, as he manages to fade into the background with ease in every scene. McMahon is the only actor who appears to be enjoying himself, but as he's barely in the film, he can't rescue it.
The script was apparently in development for ten years. I can't see why, as it's one scene, repeated ten times. If this is the refined version, I shudder to imagine what the raw cut would have been like. I find it hard to believe that the lines were written by, or for, adults. There's no real plot to the film, or even a story beyond "Nasty self absorbed un-credible astronauts become nasty self absorbed un-credible 'super' heroes, then argue with each other for a while, take their clothes off for no reason, then beat up some poor disfigured guy apparently because he didn't join their little gang, roll credits." Direction and cinematography was Filmschool #101, the score was instantly forgettable, and the editing was appalling, with the pacing in particular being random and rushed.
The effects were only what we've come to expect from a hundred million dollar movie, which brings me to the big question: what on earth did they spend all that money on? It wasn't on the "talent", either on-screen or off, it certainly wasn't on the rubber suit, and the effects couldn't have cost that much - or if they did, they were seriously over-charged.
I have an idea where at least some of the budget went. From IMDb's Trivia section: "Contains over 25 cameos from real life employees of Fox television affiliates." And I strongly suspect that the IMDb records for this movie contain about 2,5000 comments and ratings and mutual approvals from about five of those real life employees. Reading the top recommended comments, most of which have 10 ratings, reveals a depressing pattern of almost identically styled raves from the likes of "top10dude" and "BigTenPower" with embarrassingly obvious track records of enthusing about, you guessed it, other shoddy Fox movies. When someone rates Elektra a 10, you have to just snort in disbelief at the audacity of it.
I guess it's a pretty good investment for Fox, but this kind of astroturfing drastically reduces the usefulness of IMDb as an early review source. With time, this awful, foul mess of a movie will no doubt settle to its rightful place near the bottom of the ratings pile, but it's likely that the shill reviews will stay stubbornly at the top of the recommended pile for a long time to come. Beware; consider the source.
[2013 update] To this day, the top 'recommended' comment is an early 10 rating from a member who signed up to IMDb just to rave about this one film using the minimum allowed size of review, and then never contributed again. What dedication!
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