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Times of India
This origin-tale tells the story of four individuals, each of whom acquires a unique and specific super-ability after teleporting themselves to an alien planet. Soon, they'll have to join forces to save the planet from destruction.
The Fantastic Four have been deserving of a reboot for a while now, in full contemporary style. This film however, feels like an extended, somewhat boring preamble to the kind of action and excitement audiences deserve to see, presumably in the next film in this series.
Miles Teller is Reed Richards. More flexible than a rubber band and silly putty combined, he is also the brainiest of the lot. Michael Jordan is the volatile Johnny Storm, a giant blowtorch who has the ability to chuck fireballs at adversaries. Kate Mara essays the role of The Invisible Woman. Apart from being the female counterfoil for all the raging testosterone in the otherwise all-male gang, she rivals Mr Fantastic (Yes, that title does sound cheesy, no matter how many times repeated.) in terms of being level-headed and intelligent. Oh, and she generates force fields too in the form of giant, super-strong bubbles. Jamie Bell is The Thing, a creature who looks like he was fashioned out of a gigantic clump of parched earth. The closest superhero in terms of comparability is the Hulk. However, Thing cannot even hold a candle to the latter in terms of sheer brute force. The villain's role - that of Dr Doom - is in the film essayed by Toby Kebbell. They acquire the said superpowers after using a Quantum Gate (read: fancy teleportation device) to explore Planet Zero, which is in another dimension. Kebbell is left behind, tragically, but will ultimately confront the other four.
The script is dull, littered with cliched catchphrases (eg, "We can't change the past, but we can change the future!") and humorless. There are barely any action scenes in the film, save the film's climax, which looks rushed. Only the visual effects and Teller's performance is worthy of note. Superhero film fans can only hope that the next one will be interesting to watch.
Kate Mara wanted to prepare herself for the role better by reading the Fantastic Four comics, but the filmmakers did not allow her to do that.
Re- shoots were done in January, 2015.
Saoirse Ronan, Allison Williams, Emmy Rossum and Margot Robbie auditioned for the role of Susan Storm.
Eddie Redmayne, Jack Huston, Domhnall Gleeson and Sam Riley were considered to play Dr. Doom.
Kiefer Sutherland and Bruce Willis were both considered for the role of Ben Grimm
Friends Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) have worked together on a prototype teleporter since childhood, eventually attracting the attention of Professor Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey), director of the Baxter Foundation, a government-sponsored research institute for young prodigies. Reed is recruited to join them and aid Storm's children, scientist Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and the somewhat reckless technician Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), into completing a "Quantum Gate" designed by Storm's wayward protege, Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell), who begrudgingly agrees to help due to his unrequited feelings for Sue.
The experiment is successful, and the facility's supervisor, Dr. Allen (Tim Blake Nelson), plans to send a group from NASA to venture into a parallel dimension known as "Planet Zero". Disappointed at being denied the chance to join the expedition, Reed, Johnny, and Victor along with Ben use the Quantum Gate to embark on an unsanctioned voyage to Planet Zero, which they learn is a world filled with otherworldly substances. Victor attempts to touch the green-lava like substance, causing the surface they are in to collapse and the ground to erupt. Reed, Johnny, and Ben return to their shuttle just as Sue brings them back to Earth. Victor is left behind after he falls into the collapsing landscape. The machine explodes, altering Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben on a molecular-genetic level, affording them super-human conditions and abilities beyond their control: Reed can stretch like rubber, Sue can become invisible and generate force fields of energy, Johnny can engulf his entire body in flames and fly, and Ben becomes bigger and develops a rock-like hide which gives him enhanced strength and durability. They are then placed in government custody and confinement to be studied and have their conditions and abilities tested. Blaming himself for the accident, Reed escapes from the facility.
One year later, Reed, now a fugitive, is located in Central America by Sue and captured by Ben, who has become a military asset along with Johnny and Sue. Johnny and Sue have been outfitted with specialized suits, one of which Reed later receives, designed to keep up with their conditions and abilities and to help them stabilize, control, and contain their abilities. Reed is brought to Area 57, where Dr. Allen conscripts him to open another portal to Planet Zero in exchange for giving Reed the necessary resources to find a cure. Arriving in Planet Zero, Dr. Allen's explorers find Victor, who has been fused to his spacesuit and can now control the elements, as well as having telekinetic abilities, and bring him back to Earth. Believing the human race needs to be destroyed so he can rebuild Planet Zero in his image, Victor kills scientists and soldiers in the base including Dr. Allen and Professor Storm and returns to Planet Zero using the Quantum Gate, with Ben, Johnny, Reed, and Sue in pursuit.
Now dubbing himself "Doom", he activates a portal on Planet Zero using a structure he made while in the realm, that begins consuming the landscape of the Earth. He is confronted by the four and, after a destructive battle, Ben punches Doom into the portal's energy beam, disintegrating him, while Johnny closes the portal. Returning to Earth, the group is rewarded for their heroics by being given a new base of operations by the United States military. They decide to use their powers to help people and adopt the mantle of the "Fantastic Four".
Fantastic Four is an entertaining movie with an adventure story that explains the origins of the 4 super heros. Action sequences are not very cool and they are not upto the mark of the director. Worth watching once in theaters just for fun
Great movie by Maneesh Sharma amusing in first half,thrilling in second half.