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Fantastic Four (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 8 July 2005 (USA)
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A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

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Tim Story
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Reed Richards
Jessica Alba ... Sue Storm
Chris Evans ... Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis ... Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon ... Victor Von Doom
Hamish Linklater ... Leonard
Kerry Washington ... Alicia Masters
Laurie Holden ... Debbie McIlvane
David Parker David Parker ... Ernie
Kevin McNulty ... Jimmy O'Hoolihan
Maria Menounos ... Sexy Nurse
Michael Kopsa ... Ned Cecil
Andrew Airlie ... Compound Doctor
Pascale Hutton ... Nightclub Girlfriend
G. Michael Gray ... Nightclub Boyfriend
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Storyline

Reed Richards, a brilliant but timid and bankrupt scientist, is convinced that evolution can be triggered by clouds of cosmic energy, and has calculated that Earth is going to pass one of these clouds soon. Together with his friend and partner, the gruff yet gentle astronaut muscle-man Ben Grimm, Reed convinces his conceited MIT classmate Dr. Victor Von Doom, now CEO of his own enterprise, to allow him access to his privately-owned space station. Von Doom agrees in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. He thus brings aboard Susan Storm, his shy, though assertive chief genetics researcher and a former lover of Reed's with whom she had an acrimonious break-up, and her diametrically opposed brother Johnny, the maverick and hot-headed playboy pilot. The astronauts make it home intact; however, before long they begin to mutate, developing strange and amazing powers as a result of their exposure to the cloud! Reed is able to... Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantastic 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,061,504, 10 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$154,696,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,424,795
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jessica Alba wore a Star of David when Mr. Fantastic proposes to her. See more »

Goofs

After returning to NY, the 4 are sequestered in the Baxter Building. After a few days, Johnny leaves without notice and he already has new vanity license plates on his car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Grimm: Typical of Victor Von Doom to build a 30 foot statue of himself.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene in the closing credits: Dr Doom is seen on a ship heading to his home country Latveria. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Airline version is slightly different. The following difference's include:
  • Instead of the talk Sue and Reed have on the bridge, they're in a Planetarium instead.
  • During the final confrontation with Dr. Doom, Thing knocks open a fire hydrant and Mr. Fantastic puts his body in an "S" shape to amplify the water, instead in this version it cuts to Thing using his foot as if he did everything himself.
  • The scene where Victor opens the energy globe and puts his arm in it to increase power, large bolts of electricity jump out in the theatrical version, in this version, there are no bolts of electricity, indicating the effects were not finished.
  • The scene where Reed proposes to Sue on the boat, he just stands up normally and delivers his proposal with a different acting take.He doesn't kneel down while still standing as he did in the theatrical version.
  • Some shots of crashing cars on the bridge were cut.
  • Some language was cut, mostly reference's to God.
  • The scene where Victor picks up his phone and says " Leonard, bring Ben Grimm to the Baxter Building " was changed to " Leonard, bring me my Lab Rat ".
  • The Death of Victors' boss is slightly edited.
  • The scene where Thing walks into the bar has a different song playing and the glasses don't shake, nor does the record skip in this version.
  • During the scene where Sue, Reed and Johnny are taking a cab to the Brooklyn Bridge we hear a voice-over of Reed saying " Ben told us to meet him here at the Brooklyn Bridge " after this voice over it cuts to the three of them in the car.
  • This does not happen in the theatrical version.
  • During the scene where Johnny puts a shirt on and burns it and tells Reed and Sue he has " a serious problem " we can actually hear him yell off-screen and also hear flames shoot out as well before he informs then of what happened. In the Theatrical Version we just see his burnt shirt and the following line.
  • Although the film was shot in the Super 35 process, this version Pans and Scans as if it were shot in Anamorphic Widescreen instead of properly framing it for Full Frame as most Super 35 films are.
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Connections

Referenced in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything Burns
Written by Ben Moody
Performed by Ben Moody featuring Anastacia
Courtesy of Wind-Up Records, LLC
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User Reviews

 
Not Horrible
8 July 2005 | by ozoneliar1See all my reviews

First let me say that I love the Fantastic Four comic books. I know exactly what works and what doesn't. So I feel well qualified to evaluate this film.

Secondly we need to address the issue of: Should a movie be 100% faithful to source material? Well, even if it were possible would you want the movie to be a carbon copy of the source material? Some things don't translate well to the screen. And sometimes (Harry Potter 1 *cough*) trying to be just like the original material is a bad idea! But when a character is fundamentally changed that's usually a bad idea. Fantastic Four takes many liberties with the characters some are worse than others. But a director and writer need to find the right medium that is a balance between the source and making a good movie. In this movie they changed the story around to try to make a better movie and failed! Perhaps they should have hired Goyer (Blade films, Batman Begins) to write the script, somebody who appreciates the original material.

Fantastic Four is a film about a group of four people who are changed in a cosmic "accident" and form a Super-Hero team. The film tries to make it a movie about coping with change and family strife, which is in theory a good idea but fails here. We are presented with a film that tries many things and all of them feel half-done. The only things that saved the film and made me give it a 7/10 are the Ben Grimm parts of the story. We have somebody who is transformed into a monster and hates it. Also the movie tries to rush into the transformation, which is a good idea, but slows down right afterwards and just meanders forward.

Overall: Not horrible. But if the people at FOX are reading this: You had a chance to make a great movie and blew it with a mediocre script, crappy director and over mediocrity!


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