1 hour, 32 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for sequences of action violence, some mild language and innuendo
2 Disc DVD Features
Disc One: ; Includes both widescreen and full screen versions; Audio commentary by director Tim Story; Audio commentary by producer Avi Arad, screenwriter Don Payne, and film editors Peter S. Elliot and William Hoy;
Disc Two: ; Extended and deleted scenes with optional commentary by Tim Story; Family Bonds making-of documentary; The Fantasticar: State of the Art featurette; Interactive Fantasticar experience; The Power Cosmic featurette; Character Design with Spectral Motion featurette; Sentinel of the Spaceways: Comic Book Origins of the Silver Surfer documentary; Scoring the Fantastic featurette; Still galleries: behind the scenes, characters and concept art; Theatrical trailers
The Fantastic Four are having trouble balancing their professional and personal lives. Reed, the rubber-limbed, big-brained Mr Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd - Lancelot in "King Arthur") and Invisible Woman Sue Storm (Jessica Alba "Sin City") somehow can't get married without being interrupted by a crisis. Johnny (Chris Evans "Cellular") can't settle down with a girl, not that he's trying very hard. And Ben (Michael Chiklis - TV's "The Shield") is made of stone, although his girlfriend (Kerry Washington "Ray") doesn't seem to mind. The world is about to be devoured by an evil force, a shiny silver guy on a surf board (Doug Jones "Hellboy", with Laurence Fishburne's voice), a cosmic visitor who rides the stars on his liquid metal board, and whose appearance presages various destructive anomalies around the world. To save the planet, the Fantastic Four may need to team up with their nemesis Victor Von Doom ((Julian McMahon - TV's "Nip/Tuck").
Director Tim Story ("Barbershop") has designed his film as a colorful comic book that features some exciting action sequences and some genuinely clever gags providing the film with lots of goofy humor. The frequent innuendos will make the kids feel like they're watching something vaguely grown up, even though you can find many more of those in almost any TV sitcom. Meanwhile, we can be sure that before long the wackiness will be interrupted by something evil and earth-threatening.
After a slightly awkward set-up and some dull moments, lots of special effects action and some extremely cool inventions follow, especially the foursome's new vehicle and the surfer himself. There's also an intriguing final twist. For the most part, this is a light, playful movie and best of all it's short, clocking in at just over an hour and a half.
Ioan Gruffudd ... Reed Richards
Jessica Alba ... Sue Storm
Chris Evans ... Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis ... Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon ... Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington ... Alicia Masters
Andre Braugher ... General Hager
Laurence Fishburne ... The Silver Surfer (voice)
Doug Jones ... The Silver Surfer