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Fantastic 4: The Rise of the Silver Surfer [2007] (2 discs)

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Director:Tim Story
Writer:Don Payne
Mark Frost
Composer:John Ottman
Length:92 minutes
(1 hour 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:35%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Family
  • Kids
  • CG
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Synopsis: The Four have found a comfortable level of fame and success, but they are taken by surprise when another super being arrives, heralding doom for Earth.


Reaction: They improved on the original with this one. It's still a bit bland if you are looking for deep cinema, but it's enjoyable and family friendly.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Tim Story => Director
Don Payne => Writer
Mark Frost => Writer
John Ottman => Composer
Andre Braugher => General Hager
Beau Garrett => Captain Raye
Chris Evans => Human Torch / Johnny Storm
Doug Jones => The Silver Surfer
Ioan Gruffudd => Mr. Fantastic / Reed Richards
Jessica Alba => Susan Storm / Invisible Woman
Julian McMahon => Dr. Doom / Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington => Alicia Masters
Kevin McNulty => Baxter Building Doorman
Lauren Sanchez => Fox News Reporter
Laurence Fishburne => The Silver Surfer (voice)
Michael Chiklis => Ben Grimm / The Thing
Stan Lee => Himself - Rejected Wedding Guest
Vanessa Lachey => Johnny's Wedding Date (as Vanessa Minnillo)
Zach Grenier => Rafke / Mr. Sherman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Don Payne has said the film is based upon [Fantastic Four] {issue #48}, in which Galactus also makes an appearance, as well as {issues 57-60} in which Doom steals the Surfer's power. Payne has also said the film takes inspiration from the Ultimate Marvel limited series [Ultimate Extinction].
  • Stan Lee plays a rejected wedding guest in a cameo, in a tribute to his own fictional comic book incarnation. It has become a tradition for Lee to have cameo appearances in live-action adaptations of his comics; he appeared in the first Fantastic Four film playing the Baxter Building's mailman, Willie Lumpkin.
  • The cameo scene where Stan Lee is refused entry to the wedding is in keeping with the comic series. In the 1960s story of Reed Richards and Susan Storm's wedding, two characters, obviously representing writer Stan Lee and artist/plotter Jack Kirby, are also not allowed to attend the wedding.
  • Although the film uses the premise that the Silver Surfer gets his powers from his board, this is clearly not the case in the comics. In the comics, the Surfer is able to fly on his own and use his full gamut of powers without the aid of his surfboard. He uses it, however, as it significantly decreases the energy required for flight.
  • Reed's speech to General Hager about being a "good little nerd" is taken nearly verbatim from [Ultimate Extinction] [2} (in there, he was speaking to Nick Fury).
  • The facility where the Silver Surfer is taken after being captured is named "Inyeptuk" - a nod to the FX show [Nip/Tuck], starring Julian McMahon, who plays Victor Von Doom.
  • After the scene where Ben lends Johnny his powers and goes into a store to change his clothes, in the top right corner, you can see various Marvel toys, such as a Spider-Man doll hanging upside down.
  • Tim Story once said that he would never have giant robots in any of his movies. In this film, Galactus, normally portrayed in the comics as something resembling a giant robot, is shown as a giant cloud.
  • There's another hidden '4' in the scene where Johnny borrows the powers of all 3 of his teammates - look carefully at the rock lines on Ben Grimm's arm when they glow.
  • Although Galactus is portrayed as a huge cloud in the film, there are two hints to his physical appearance in the comic book. Both the shadow on Saturn as he passes by it and the fiery mass within the cloud, resemble his signature helmet.