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Fantastic Four (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 8 July 2005 (USA)
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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.

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Tim Story
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Reed Richards
Jessica Alba ... Sue Storm
Chris Evans ... Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis ... Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon ... Victor Von Doom
Hamish Linklater ... Leonard
Kerry Washington ... Alicia Masters
Laurie Holden ... Debbie McIlvane
David Parker David Parker ... Ernie
Kevin McNulty ... Jimmy O'Hoolihan
Maria Menounos ... Sexy Nurse
Michael Kopsa ... Ned Cecil
Andrew Airlie ... Compound Doctor
Pascale Hutton ... Nightclub Girlfriend
G. Michael Gray ... Nightclub Boyfriend
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Storyline

Four astronauts have their lives changed forever, when they end up being hit by a cloud of cosmic radiation. Reed Richards now has the ability to stretch his body like elastic. Sue Storm (Alba) is now the invisible woman. Johnny Storm becomes the human touch and Ben Grimm becomes the 'Thing', a man made out of rock. But there is one problem. The journey's sponsor, Victor Von Doom has also been affected and with full power, is a dangerous force which needs to be stopped, before it's too late. Written by Film_Fan

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4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The script was developed for over ten years. The final writer was Simon Kinberg, who worked on the movie throughout its production. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) Reed asks Doom a "Chemistry 101" question about what happens when a metal is rapidly cooled. Since there's no chemical reaction involved in cooling metal, he should have posed it as a "Physics 101" question. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Grimm: Typical of Victor Von Doom to build a 30 foot statue of himself.
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Crazy Credits

The Marvel Comics logo features comic-book images of the Fantastic Four in its pages; it's also shaded blue, the uniform color of the Four. See more »

Alternate Versions

The extended cut released in the US is basically the previously released modified version with the addition of the deleted scenes that were presented as bonus material on some European DVD editions (first US DVD release included just a few of these scenes). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Incredible Hulk (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

On Fire
Written by Kwamé (as Kwame B. Holland), Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, Harry Palmer, Eminem and Luis Resto
Performed by Lloyd Banks
Courtesy of G Unit/Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(Contains an interpolation of "The Champ", written by Harry Palmer)
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Not Horrible
8 July 2005 | by ozoneliar1See all my reviews

First let me say that I love the Fantastic Four comic books. I know exactly what works and what doesn't. So I feel well qualified to evaluate this film.

Secondly we need to address the issue of: Should a movie be 100% faithful to source material? Well, even if it were possible would you want the movie to be a carbon copy of the source material? Some things don't translate well to the screen. And sometimes (Harry Potter 1 *cough*) trying to be just like the original material is a bad idea! But when a character is fundamentally changed that's usually a bad idea. Fantastic Four takes many liberties with the characters some are worse than others. But a director and writer need to find the right medium that is a balance between the source and making a good movie. In this movie they changed the story around to try to make a better movie and failed! Perhaps they should have hired Goyer (Blade films, Batman Begins) to write the script, somebody who appreciates the original material.

Fantastic Four is a film about a group of four people who are changed in a cosmic "accident" and form a Super-Hero team. The film tries to make it a movie about coping with change and family strife, which is in theory a good idea but fails here. We are presented with a film that tries many things and all of them feel half-done. The only things that saved the film and made me give it a 7/10 are the Ben Grimm parts of the story. We have somebody who is transformed into a monster and hates it. Also the movie tries to rush into the transformation, which is a good idea, but slows down right afterwards and just meanders forward.

Overall: Not horrible. But if the people at FOX are reading this: You had a chance to make a great movie and blew it with a mediocre script, crappy director and over mediocrity!


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,061,504, 10 July 2005

Gross USA:

$154,696,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$333,535,934
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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