4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

  • PG
  • Tim Story (2007)
  • US
  • 88 min
4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Sidestepping the fashionable angst of other comic-book adaptations, the confident Fantastic Four franchise delivers its second helping, with Tim Story resuming directing duties. This time, the blue-suited superhero "family" must prevent the end of the world as fabled airborne foe the Silver Surfer (voiced by Laurence Fishburne but given human shape by Doug Jones) wreaks havoc from his board. Welshman Ioan Gruffudd demonstrates an improved American accent as Mr Fantastic and Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon is back to provide some belated camp villainy as the team's nemesis, Dr Doom. There's an OK!-friendly wedding subplot, as Gruffudd marries Invisible Woman Jessica Alba, an impressive CGI set piece at the London Eye and more merry bickering. And for the Marvel trainspotters, the "Fantasticar" makes its screen debut. Trading in colourful spectacle, family-friendly fun and philosophically undemanding storylines, this is perfect popcorn for those who aren't looking for the teenage tantrums of Spider-Man or the sombre tone of the Dark Knight trilogy.

Plot Summary

Fantasy action adventure starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. The wedding plans of Sue Storm and Reed Richards are disrupted by the arrival on Earth of the Silver Surfer, a metallic intergalactic herald who paves the way for an entity that specialises in trashing planets. Putting their nuptials on hold, Storm and Richards join the rest of the Fantastic Four in a bid to counter this latest menace.

Cast and crew


Reed Richards / Mr Fantastic
Ioan Gruffudd
Sue Storm / Invisible Woman
Jessica Alba
Johnny Storm / Human Torch
Chris Evans
Ben Grimm / The Thing
Michael Chiklis
Silver Surfer / Norrin Radd
Doug Jones
Alicia Masters
Kerry Washington
Captain Raye
Beau Garrett
General Hager
André Braugher
Victor Von Doom / Dr Doom
Julian McMahon
Silver Surfer
Laurence Fishburne
Mr Sherman / Rafke
Zach Grenier
Rejected wedding guest
Stan Lee


Tim Story

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 15 Jun 2007
Certificate PG
20th Century Fox