Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

PLOT:

Set two years after the first film, Reed Richards and Sue Storm are preparing for their wedding. A silver object enters Earth’s atmosphere, radiating cosmic energy that creates massive molecular fluctuations and causes deep craters at locations across the Earth. The government approaches Reed to build a sensor to track the movements of the object.

As the wedding begins, Reed’s systems detect the phenomenon approaching New York City, causing a massive power blackout. The object destroys the sensors while the Fantastic Four protect the crowd. The Human Torch pursues the object, discovering that it is a humanoid, a “Silver Surfer.” He confronts the Surfer, who drags Johnny into the upper atmosphere where the lack of oxygen and low air pressure snuffs his flame out, then drops him back toward Earth. Johnny manages to reactivate his powers and survives the fall. Later, when Sue tries to comfort Johnny, she touches his shoulders and their powers switch – he becomes invisible, and she is set on fire; when they touch again their powers revert back. Reed’s examination of Johnny reveals that exposure to the Surfer has set Johnny’s molecular structure in flux, allowing him to switch powers with his teammates through physical contact. Tracing the cosmic energy of the Surfer, Reed discovers that a series of planets the alien had visited before Earth have all been destroyed.

The Surfer’s movements around the globe bring him past Latveria, where the cosmic energy affects Victor von Doom, freeing him from two years as a metal statue. Doom, able to move again but scarred, traces the Surfer to the Arctic and makes him an offer to join forces. When the Surfer rebuffs him, Doom attacks. The Surfer returns fire, blasting Doom through the ice. The cosmic energy of the Surfer’s blast heals Doom’s body, reversing the changes seen in the first film.

Doom leverages his experience into a deal with the American military, who force the Fantastic Four to work with Doom. Deducing that the Surfer’s board is the source of his power, the group develops a pulse generator that will separate him from it. While setting up the device, Sue is confronted by the Surfer, during which he reveals he is merely a servant to the destroyer of worlds, and regrets the destruction he causes. The military opens fire on the Surfer, which distracts him and allows the four to fire the pulse, separating the Surfer from his board. The military imprisons the Surfer in Siberia and forbids the Fantastic Four from interacting with him, while they torture him for information. Sue uses her powers to sneak into his cell, where she learns more information from the Surfer. He tells her his master was known by the people of his world as Galactus, a massive cloud-like cosmic entity which must feed on life-bearing planets to survive, and that his board is a homing beacon which even now summons him to the planet.

Doom, pursuing the power in the board, steals it from the compound, using a device to gain control of the board and its powers. The Fantastic Four rescue the Surfer, and pursue Doom in the Fantasticar, confronting him in Shanghai. During the battle, Sue is mortally wounded. With the Surfer powerless, Johnny absorbs the combined powers of the entire team in order to battle the cosmic energy-empowered Doom. Johnny succeeds in breaking Doom’s control over the Surfer’s board, while Ben Grimm uses a nearby crane to knock Doom into the harbor where he is last seen sinking; however, Galactus has already arrived. The Surfer regains the control of his board, and his power is restored. He revives Sue and chooses to defend Earth, flying into Galactus and confronting him. The conflict results in a massive blast of energy, apparently destroying Galactus.

The film ends with the marriage of Reed and Sue in Japan, and the team’s creation of their signature “4” in the sky with the Fantasticar. The credits cut back to a shot of the Silver Surfer’s seemingly lifeless body floating through space. Just as he drifts off the edge of the screen his eyes open and his board races towards him.

REVIEW:

More often than not, sequels don’t live up to their predecessor. This film is one of the exceptions as it surpasses the original in just about every possible way.

The Fantastic Four once again are reprised by the same actors that portrayed them in the first film, and it doesn’t appear as if they lost a step. The interaction between the four of them is spot on with the source material and the acting is very well done.

Julian McMahon returns as Dr. Doom. Again, I don’t think the writers did enough research on the character, but at least in this one he’s more Doomlike and not so much Christian Troy.

The Silver Surfer is pretty impressive, though I don’t see what the issue was with getting him on screen. It looks like they could have used the same technology that as used in Terminator 2 for the liquid Terminator, but I may be over-simplifying things.

As I’ve said before, the main issue with this film is Dr. Doom not being…well…Dr. Doom. Also, they turn Thing back human way too often.  believe I said this in my review of Iron Man, when actors take on a role that they know is going to cover up their face, they need to accept it and not do all they can to not be covered up. It really takes away from the experience.

From what I’ve read, the reasoning for Galactus being a cloud is that they are saving him for the Silver Surfer’s film and didn’t want to give things away. What a load of b.s.! If you’re going to go through all the trouble of bringing him in to a Fantastic Four film, then use him right, don’t waste such an awesome character by casting him as a cloud.

The final thing that annoyed me is a minor thing. Jessica Alba in the first film had her normal colored eyes, but for some reason in this one they gave her blue contacts that didn’t even come close to looking natural.

Any fan of the comic will love this film. The Fantastic Four have always been one of those lighter groups, and this film captures the fun from the books. Unlike certain films that would rather be as dark, moody, emo, and brooding as possible, FF gives the viewer a chance to have fun. *GASP* What a concept!

4 out of 5 stars

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3 Responses to “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

  1. […] big cloud. Apparently, the filmmakers didn’t learn anything from the mistake of Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Having said that, Parallax, unlike Galactus, has no real form, so this is sort of […]

  2. […] a big cloud. Apparently, the filmmakers didn’t learn anything from the mistake of Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Having said that, Parallax, unlike Galactus, has no real form, so this is sort of […]

  3. […] it’s not like they stuck the wig on him, and then gave him blue contacts a la Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Prinze at least looks more natural, as much as one can. Should they have cast someone else? No, […]

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