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Fantastic Four

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Fantastic Four

Josh Trank (2015)

99min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The first family of Marvel comics gets royally shafted again in the fourth disheartening attempt at putting their story on screen. Four outsiders teleport to another dimension where cosmic radiation gives them superpowers in this contemporary reboot directed by Josh Trank, who fails to invest this simple escapade with the same shrewd naturalism he brought to his refreshed superhero adventure Chronicle. In the mysterious Area 57 facility, the quartet learn to harness their new rubberised/invisible/fiery/rock-solid abilities and team up to save Earth from black-hole oblivion. It's completely banal in set-up and execution, with perfunctory CG visuals of the now done-to-death variety, and even the capable young leads can't punch above the bog-standard myth-making, by-the-numbers script and reams of trite exposition. Feeling more like an elongated trailer for the next, better episode, this is strictly cardboard cut-out stuff, a tedious, underwhelming and hardly fantastic experience all round.

Summary

A gifted young scientist joins a secret project researching inter-dimensional travel, and return from a journey to another world granted superhuman powers. Their abilities make them the only hope for Earth's survival when a colleague who was lost on their expedition returns to wreak vengeance. Superhero adventure, starring Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.

Cast & Crew

Reed Richards / Mr Fantastic Miles Teller
Johnny Storm / The Human Torch Michael B Jordan
Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman Kate Mara
Ben Grimm / The Thing Jamie Bell
Victor Von Doom / Dr Doom Toby Kebbell
Dr Franklin Storm Reg E Cathey
Dr Allen Tim Blake Nelson
Mrs Richards Mary Rachel Dudley
Jimmy Grimm Chet Hanks
Ben's mother Mary-Pat Green
Mr Kenny Dan Castellaneta
Director Josh Trank
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 Aug 2015

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