Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
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True believers, 2007 was not the year for Marvel...
Genre: Action
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd
Jessica Alba
Chris Evans
Michael Chiklis
Julian McMahon
Kerry Washington
Andre Braugher
Laurence Fishburne
Photography: Color
Release Date: June 15, 2007
Runtime: 91 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (stylized as 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer) is a 2007 superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Fantastic Four. A sequel to the 2005 film Fantastic Four, the film is directed by Tim Story.


Everything seems to be going great for the Fantastic Four. Reed and Sue are finally getting married, and things couldn't seem better. However, when the mysterious Silver Surfer crashes things, they learn that they will have to deal with an old foe, and the powerful planet-eating Galactus.

Bad Qualities

  1. Poor special effects.
  2. Too many plots going on in a movie that's only 92 minutes:
    1. Reed and Sue's upcoming wedding.
    2. Silver Surfer arriving, causing alterations on Earth, and creating craters.
    3. The return of Dr. Doom.
    4. Galactus getting closer to Earth and preparing to feed on it.
    5. The military getting involved and trying to regulate the team.
    6. Johnny being able to swap powers with the others.
    7. Talks about the team breaking up.
  3. The movie's wedding subplot with Reed Richards and Sue Storm is very irrelevant and pointless.
  4. The CGI used on the Silver Surfer looks very cheap and dated.
  5. The Silver Surfer is a very lame and boring villain who acts as a cliffhanger from the first film.
  6. The Human Torch and The Thing don't have as big of a role in this film compared to the first one.
  7. Galactus looks absolutely nothing like his comic book counterpart. In the comics, he is a god-like being, but here, he's just a cloud.
  8. Sue Storm is unlikable because she is more concerned about her wedding than the end of the world.
  9. The military are portrayed as idiots, as they hire Dr. Doom and literally give him the Silver Surfer's board.
  10. The Silver Surfer's voice is really distracting and doesn't work.
  11. The movie never explains Dr. Doom's evil plan or his motivation.
  12. Bad release time. It was released a month after Spider-Man 3, which was far more popular than this film.

Good Qualities

  1. Some of the special effects are okay.
  2. The ending is pretty good, despite being underwhelming.
  3. Good soundtrack by John Ottman.
  4. Has more action than the first film.
  5. Michael Chiklis still does a great job as The Thing.
  6. As with the first film, it produced some quotable memes that were given the approval of Julian McMahon, Doug Jones and Tim Story.
  7. The Human Torch has a character arc that makes him grow as a character and he is more likable than in the first film.
  8. Stan Lee's cameo is really funny to watch.
  9. The scene where Johnny, Sue and Ben accidentally switch powers with one another is hilarious.


On its opening weekend, the film was the highest-grossing movie at the U.S. box office, reaching approximately $58 million, $2 million more than its predecessor. On its second weekend, the film had a 66% drop, and then had a 54% drop in its third weekend. The film grossed $289 million worldwide, including a $131.9 million gross in the United States and Canada and $157 million overseas. The budget was $130 million.


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