Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.7/10 (85,423 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Tim Story

Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans

With Von Doom back in his homeland of Latveria the fantastic four have new troubles when Galactus has decided that Earth is his next target. When his henchman, The Silver Surfer, is sent to Earth he discovers that he's getting more than he bargained for when he encounters the Fantastic Four. But that's not all when Dr. Doom decides that after two years in the homeland he is ready to return.

Writers: Don Payne, Mark Frost

Ioan Gruffudd - Mr. Fantastic / Reed Richards
Jessica Alba - Invisible Woman / Susan Storm
Chris Evans - Human Torch / Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis - The Thing / Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon - Dr. Doom / Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington - Alicia Masters
Andre Braugher - General Hager
Laurence Fishburne - The Silver Surfer (voice)
Doug Jones - The Silver Surfer
Beau Garrett - Captain Raye
Brian Posehn - Wedding Minister
Zach Grenier - Mr. Sherman / Rafke
Dawn Chubai - Anchorwoman
Chris Gailus - Anchorman
Kevin McNulty - Baxter Building Doorman

Taglines: Discover the secret of the Surfer


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 15 June 2007

Filming Locations: Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: $130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $58,051,684 (USA) (17 June 2007) (3959 Screens)

Gross: $131,920,333 (USA) (14 October 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The blades of the helicopter that nearly destroys Sue and Reed's wedding were created with CGI.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While Johnny's being examined after interchanging powers with Susan, we can see two incorrectly positioned radiographs on the wall: a posteroanterior chest view that's flipped horizontally, and a simple abdominal one that's flipped vertically.

[first lines]
Anchorwoman: Last night the F.A.A. was forced to ground all aircraft, leaving thousands stranded, when electronic failures and mysterious power outages crippled the western United States. But the big story today, the much anticipated wedding of fantastic couple Reed Richards and Susan Storm will take place this Saturday.

User Review

The surfer deserves better

Rating: 5/10

In all its silliness and tongue-in-cheek disposition, the first "Fantastic Four" movie wasn't really a landmark as far as comic book films go. But it wasn't so bad either; it's just that after Marvel Comics' recent domination of the film genre, it's natural for one to expect that each of its characters having a shot at the big screen would present something legitimately entertaining to the audience. Something the first installment failed and the second struggled to achieve.

In "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," the four superheroes are back once again to help everyone solve their gamut of problems. Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) is about to wed Susan Storm aka Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba). However, an unknown cosmic entity is causing a screw-up in earth's natural phenomena, prompting the couple to postpone the wedding, and work with Johnny Storm aka Human Torch (Chris Evans) and Ben Grimm aka The thing (Michael Chiklis) to find out the cause of the mysterious occurrence. They soon come face to face with the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne) and realize that the world's survival is hanging on the balance. In addition to this, Victor Von Doom aka Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) returns and is intent on destroying the Fantastic Four.

Granted, "Rise of the Silver Surfer" has a greater scale than its predecessor. But for all this, it's still very... middling. The title and the trailers suggest something of a grand battle between the eponymous characters but aside from the chase sequence involving the Human Torch and the Silver Surfer (which, by the way, has been shown numerous times in the teaser trailer), nothing much exciting still happens. Not even the team's rescue attempt in London. The quality of the special effects are inconsistent and all the visual polish expectedly goes to the Silver Surfer. (And while I personally don't think it's an issue, I imagine how some fans of the comic book might sneer at how the characters of Silver Surfer and Galactus were handled.) Instead, director Tim Story and screenwriters Don Payne and Mark Frost opt to flesh out the characters more but the end result feels less natural and more repetitive. Gruffudd does an okay job with Mr. Fantastic but there's really no feeling of chemistry between him and Alba, who manages to adequately portray a tough yet vulnerable character. In contrast, Evans and Chiklis continue to generate an easy rapport between them and the two get majority of the film's most amusing moments.

"Rise of the Silver Surfer" barely does what it sets out to do. It fares a little better than its predecessor with a more serviceable story and a little more enjoyable action sequences. But taken on its own terms, the film doesn't present anything to its characters that has been done much better with other characters of their ilk. The movie is entertaining to some extent but in the end, it doesn't really rise to something special.


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