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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 37min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, 1492 Pictures, Constantin Film Produktion GmbH
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Tim Story
Producer(s): Avi Arad, Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Bernd Eichinger, Ross Fanger, Kevin Feige, David Gorder, Stan Lee, Ralph Winter
Written by: Michael France, Mark Frost
Comic Book and Characters: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Wood
Music: John Ottman
Film Editing: William Hoy
Casting: Nancy Klopper, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Bill Boes
Art Direction: Shepherd Frankel, Don Macaulay
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
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With a final score of 53, Fantastic Four earned a place one point from the top of the comparative baseline database scoring range for R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100). That makes this film an "extra-lite" R-13 but a R-13 nonetheless. The greatest loss of points were due to violence and sexual immorality.
Both of the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Sexual Immorality (S) investigation areas found programming equivalent in volume but not intensity to many R-rated films. The Offense to God (O) and Murder/Suicide (M) investigation areas revealed a level of morality that may be found in some "hardcore" PG films The Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area found material equivalent to the content of most G-rated films. The Impudence/Hate investigation area was the only one to find programming equivalent to most PG-13 films, for the most part due to foul language.
Dr. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) has discovered a cosmic storm headed toward the Earth. Reed feels exposure of some samples of Earthen life to the cosmic energies would give science a huge boost. So, Reed sought the financial backing of his college adversary Dr. Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), an evil and selfish billionaire who just happens to own an orbiting space station in the path of the coming cosmic storm.
Von Doom is Reed's adversary because Von Doom vied for the affection of Reed's college girlfriend. Von Doom lost. The girl is now working for Von Doom but still carries a torch for Reed while Von Doom woos her.
Convincing Von Doom to back his theory, Reed heads to the space station along with Von Doom's Director of Genetic Research Susan Storm who was Reed's college girlfriend (Jessica Alba), her cocky and arrogant never-grew-up brother Johnny (Chris Evans) and pilot Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis).
Once the crew is aboard Von Doom's space station, taking advantage of the special setting that could not be had any other way, Von Doom opens the shields to show off the Earth in a panoramic display to Susan in an attempt to propose marriage to her, "promising the world" to her. The key to this scene is the shields are open.
With the shields open, Ben takes a space walk to position the samples of Earthen life outside the space station to be exposed to the cosmic storm. All should be well for the occupants since the shields of the space station should protect them from any harmful energies in the cosmic storm. But the shields are still open.
While Ben is positioning the samples, Reed discovers the storm will hit the space station in nine minutes instead of seven hours! Ben is still outside! The shields are still open! Ben cannot get back inside when the shields are closed.
Failing to get the shields closed in time, the entire crew -- Von Doom, Reed, Susan, Johnny, Ben -- are exposed to the full force of the cosmic storm (which looks strangely like a collection of "energy ribbons" from Star Trek: Generations) in one of the most dazzling displays of computer-generated imagery of what it might be like to be saturated with such energy I have ever seen.
Back on Earth, the space station occupants begin recovering from the effects of the cosmic storm.
The team slowly begin to discover they have been changed ... changed down to the DNA level. Strange "powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men"(1) begin to manifest in the team members.
Reed found he can stretch any part of his body. Susan found she could become invisible under the right emotional provocation. Johnny discovered he could become flame of 4000 degrees Kelvin - the temperature of the sun (according to the script writers anyway). Ben saw that he was turning into living stone, into such a hideous creature his fiance Debbie McIlvane (Laurie Holden) decided to leave him. Von Doom was turning into electrically charged metal which gave Von Doom the advantage he sought to wreak vengeance, murderous vengeance.
While this film could be a fine Saturday night sci-fi cinematic comic book, there are things in it you may want to know about before you decide whether it is fit for your family (or yourself).
The strongest loss of points was due to massive violence. Action violence, fighting, guns to control, assaults, attempted murders and a number of other matters of violence. [Prov. 13:2, Prov. 4:14, Matt. 5:9, Prov. 10:23]
The next strongest loss of points was due to sexually inappropriate material such as: repeated nudity of Chris Evans with genitals hidden by a convenience object, i.e., a ski coat wrapped around his waist held in place in a manner to clearly imply him holding himself through it; an invitation to sex and implied acceptance of it; Jessica Alba stripping to her underwear while invisible (the stripping motions were not invisible) then becoming visible in her underwear then invisible again with the underwear visible. The writers just couldn't resist. [1 Thess. 4:1 - 5]
I leave the rest of the findings to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.
(1) Quoted from the Superman TV Series
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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