Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Tim Story (2005)

101min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This comic-book adaptation tries hard, but Fantastic Four pales against the Marvel blockbusters that have come since. The uninspired storyline sees the members of a space expedition - Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon - travel through a strange cosmic storm that gives them all different superpowers (stretchiness, brute strength, invisibility, flammable tendencies, the ability to manipulate electricity). As McMahon turns evil (not to mention camp) and the remaining foursome try to stop him, what should be colourful fun turns rather inert and lifeless. Evans and Chiklis lend some life to the team's adventures as rock-like "the Thing" and fire-boy "the Human Torch", and there is at least one decent sustained action scene. But The Incredibles did the whole family of superheroes thing with much more wit, grace and pizzazz.

Summary

A scientist and four members of his crew develop superhuman powers after exposure to cosmic radiation on a mission to study an energy storm in space. Unfortunately, one of them chooses to use his new-found abilities for evil purposes, compelling the others to join forces to stop him. Sci-fi comic-book adventure, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon.

Cast & 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
Victor Von Doom / Dr Doom Julian McMahon
Leonard Hamish Linklater
Alicia Masters Kerry Washington
Debbie McIlvane Laurie Holden
Ernie David Parker
Jimmy O'Hoolihan Kevin McNulty
Willie Lumpkin Stan Lee
Director Tim Story
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jul 2005
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