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Fantastic 4: The Rise of the Silver Surfer


Some of Marvel's less-popular super heroes are back, and this time, they have to take on a gossamer alien on a surfboard who's destroying the earth. Like, totally uncool, dude.

The foursome's 2005 film took a bashing from critics and moviegoers alike, but for fans of the comic book hero genre, it provided modest entertainment. It was a "Don't go in with your expectations too high, and you may enjoy yourself" type of movie. This year's sequel, however, loses whatever charm the first one managed to offer, easily making it one of the worst modern-day superhero pictures.

The whole cast of characters is back, including good guys Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and The Thing (Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis), and their nemesis Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon), but where the newest Spider-man and Batman films delve into the psyches of their title characters' alter egos, no such attempt is made with the Fantastic Four. Laurence Fishburn (The Matrix), who voices the mostly computer-generated Surfer, and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) provide much-needed acting credibility, but not nearly enough to save a hokey script.

Kids may find the heroes' goofy antics appealing, and if one were a diehard fan of the Stan Lee comics, they might enjoy seeing his creations' latest adventure, but for everyone else, this is a bargain rental choice (after it's been out for a few months) and perhaps even a stretch at that.

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