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Fantastic Four (2015)

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Disappointing adventure wastes talented cast, gets bloody.

Movie PG-13 2015 106 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 15+

Violent, not for kids!

I was watching this movie with my brothers one night before bed. We loved the movie so far. Lots of fun until it came to this scene with Dr. Doom. It was totally violent from there. Dr. Doom choked a guy until his head exploded in his hazmat suit. Then Dr. Doom walks down the hallway choking and exploding more peoples heads. Note the walls are white so the blood could stand out while it splattered on the wall. It was just like a horror movie, lights flickering while he kills people. The other thing thats definitely creepy is the stretchy guy crawling to the vents. (Naked but not showing).The other scary scene was adding on to the Dr. Doom murdering spree was when he killed the fire and invisible girls Dad leaving him on the floor covered in scab like makeup.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (47 ):

Josh Trank, who wrote and directed the clever Chronicle, has failed in his mission to jumpstart the Fantastic Four. It drags and lacks the charming banter and visual thrills that the Marvel-verse is known to provide. So much of the movie is spent on the set up and exposition, but the character development is thin and the dialogue lacking the snappy humor and relationship drama necessary for these ensemble superhero stories to shine. All of the leads are extremely talented (Teller and Jordan, in particular, are two of the best twentysomething actors in Hollywood), but they're wasted in this slow, boring redo that doesn't much improve on the lackluster '05 version.

Even when the villain (it's no spoiler to say it's Doom) finally emerges and the showdown begins, it's not like Doom has a real motivation to do what he does; he's just, well, there, underwhelming as he gorily kills his enemies (and civilians) with his telekinetic powers. By the time Reed convinces the Storm siblings and Ben (aka The Thing) to band together with the eye-rolling platitude, "he's stronger than any one of us, but he's not stronger than all of us together," audiences will be more than ready to go. Perhaps Trank figures he can sort out the character relationships and pacing issues in the sequels, but the franchise will need a new direction to propel it into a faster, more exciting gear.

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