Avi Arad, Bernd Eichinger, Ralph Winter, Michael Barnathan (executive), Chris Columbus (executive), Kevin Feige (executive), Stan Lee (executive), Mark Radcliffe (executive) for 20th Century Fox, Constantin Film, Marvel Comics, 1492 Pictures
directed by Tim Story
starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Laurie Holden, David Parker, Kevin McNulty, Maria Menounos, Michael Kopsa, Andrew Airlie, Pascale Hutton, G. Michael Gray, David Richmond-Peck, Penelope Corrin, Aonika Laurent, Jason Schombing, Jason Diablo, Colin Lawrence, Paul Belsito, Dee Jay Jackson, Morgan Reynolds, Gina Holden, Donavon Stinson, Douglas Weston, Tony Alcantar, Brenda Crichlow, Peter Bryant, Lorena Gale, Danielle Dunn-Morris, Nicole Munoz, Daniel Bacon, Bobby Bysouth, Ronnie Renner, Brian Deegan, Marlaina Mah, Tre Verhoeven, Juanita Mirehouse, Stefanie Singer, Jamie Little, Doug Abrahams, Stan Lee
screenplay by Mark Frost, Michael France, based on the Marvel Comics-comicbook created by Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (artist), music by John Ottman, special effects by Spectral Motion Inc, Meteor Studios, SW Digital, Soho VFX, Composite Image Systems, Pixel Magic, Giant Killer Robots, visual effects by Hydraulx, CafeFX, Kleiser-Walczak Digital Effects, Pacific Title and Art Studio, Evil Eye Pictures, Gentle Giant Studios, 3D models by Earthdata Solutions
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Scientist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffud) and his buddy Ben Grimm (Michael
Chiklis), who seems to be a bouncer or something, turn to Victor von Doom
(Julian McMahon) because they want to go to his spacestation to experience
some cosmic storm which might just take evolution to the next step ... and
von Doom grants tehm permission, but only if they take him with them, and
also Susan Storm (Jessica Alba), the woman he loves and Reed's ex, and her
brother Johnny (Chris Evans), your typical annoying young hothead.
Up on the station, all five of them are exposed to the cosmic storm,
which soon enough gives them special powers: Reed's body becomes immensely
flexible and stretchable, Johnny can set himself on fire without harming
himself at will, and he can fly, Sue can turn herself invisible and can
ecreate forcefields, Vuictor von Dooms slowly turns into a metal organism,
which makes him superstrong, and Ben turns into a monster, who is also
superstrong and impervious to bullets - but he also looks pretty ugly
(though he wasn't as handsome as the others in human form to begin with).
Ben soon starts having depressions, while Johnny uses his powers mainly
for fun, Reed and Sue bore everyone to death by acting responsible
and slowly rekindling their relationship - but Victor decides to use his
powers for evil. Eventually, Reed figures out a way of how to turn Ben
human again, but he lacks the courage to use it on his friend. Victor on
the other hand wants to get rid of superhuman Ben, or the Thing as
he is less affectionately called, and he uses Reed's invention to turn him
back. Then he decides to go after the other three as well and soon they
all engage in mortal combat (during which though noone dies). Ben soon
realizes he's been had, and he uses Reed's invention to turn him into the
Thing again, and then he unites with the other three to - as the Fantastic
Four - put an end to Victor's evil deeds ...
And in the end, Reed proposes to Sue.
Oh boy, what a piece of trash, even among big budget superhero comic
adaptations, this is one of the lesser ones: The script fails to feature
any story of its own, mainly it's just a setup for events to happen, but
then thesse events simply do not happen, instead we are treated to a
collection of special effects that hardly even qualify as finale, in which
the good guys battle the bad guy, who is a villain not so much by his
deeds but by his cynical attitude. The whole thing is of course also not
helped by a bunch of undertalented actors: True, Julian McMahon gives an
ok performance as baddie, but his role lacks meat to have him show his
talent in full. But Ioan Gruffud as Reed Richards totally lacks the
charisma to play the leader of the group, and Chris Evans is totally
annoying as the young hothead, made all the worse by the fact that his
role is so badly written (along the lines he's a young cool guy so he
has to be a snowboarder - and a stunt motorbike driver).
A total waste of time, and actually inferior to the (officially)
unreleased 1994 quickie Roger Corman was commissioned to do by Constantin
so they don't lose the movie rights (click
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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