Fantastic Four review: Revenge of the super-nerds

  • Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2015 12:46 IST
There's nothing fantastic about Josh Trank's Fantastic Four starring Milles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. These Marvel superheroes are bound for obscurity, it seems.

Film: Fantastic Four
Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B Jordan
Director: Josh Trank
Rating: 1.5/5

Don’t be fooled by the adjective in the title. A more apt moniker for the latest exploits of Marvel Comics’ superhero team would be Forgettable Four.

A decade after the underwhelming original (which was followed two years later by an equally dreary sequel), a significantly younger cast portrays the super-powered quartet who reunite to save our planet from extinction. (Perhaps they ought to have failed. Then at least we wouldn’t have been subjected to such drivel. Just saying).

Granted formidable physical abilities following a failed scientific experiment, the foursome squander their talents on a bythe-numbers inter-dimensional adventure.

As anyone familiar with the source comic books knows, the team is led by a bespectacled brainiac (Teller) who can stretch his limbs to outrageous lengths.

Accompanying him on the teleporting trip are his devoted childhood friend (Jamie Bell) who transforms into a Hulk-like mass of rock, and a self-styled human torch (Michael B. Jordan).

In case you’re wondering, there’s the mandatory femme (Mara), who can turn invisible and cast force fields. As for the arch-villain, he’s called Von Doom (Toby Kobbell). Oh, such subtlety!
There’s little in the way of intelligence or excitement, but the whole shebang is mercifully resolved within 100 minutes.

Essentially a throwback to the cheesy sci-fi fantasies of the 1950s, Fantastic Four winds up as the weakest link in the three-film-old franchise.

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