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Fantastic Four (2005)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story Marvel Comics – Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Writer/s Script Mark Frost, Michael France
Additional Info In order to retain the rights to this story another film was made in 1994 but was never released. It was said to be terrible.
Director Tim Story
Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington,
Elevator Pitch A group of astronauts travel to a private space station with its owner and all are subjected to to the effects of a cosmic cloud. They return to earth and find that they have developed super powers, the four friends using them for good, and the station owner using them for evil. But their new capabilities cause difficulties with their personal relationships. Can they work together to overcome their evil enemy?
Content A lot of set pieces in the scientist’s laboratories, one massive car crash event on a bridge, a lot of bickering when the astronauts don’t get on, and various exhibitions of their super powers, which are invisibility girl, man of fire, india rubber man and a sort of rock man. The villain becomes sort of metal person.
A View This outing rather strangely lacked bite, much of the time being devoted to the problems resulting from their super powers, rather than the use of them. But it made money, resulting in a follow up with the same cast . There are a lot of super hero films about now, so maybe choose another.

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