FAN­TAS­TIC FOUR (M)

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FAN­TAS­TI­CALLY FOUR-LORN, US, 106 MIN

The new Fan­tas­tic Four keeps the fan­tas­tic stuff very well hid­den in­deed. As for the quar­tet of young ac­tors tak­ing over this well-worn Marvel Comics com­mod­ity from its pre­vi­ous screen guise – re­mem­ber those two cheesy F4 movies last decade with Jes­sica Alba and a pre-Cap­tain Amer­ica Chris Evans? – let’s just say the cast never had a hope of jump-start­ing the stalled re-ori­gin story told here. Miles Teller leads the plod­ding pro­ceed­ings as Reed Richards, set to go from de­luded high-school science prodigy to world-al­ter­ing ge­nius by film’s end. Af­ter Reed and some friends tele­port them­selves to an al­ter­nate di­men­sion, they re­turn with a mu­tated set of su­per­pow­ers that gets a greedy US mil­i­tary-in­dus­trial com­plex very in­ter­ested in­deed. Se­ri­ously, this just has to be the most long-faced, lead-booted and fun-free su­per­hero movie since Man of Steel turned Su­per­man to rust. Co-stars Kate Mara, Michael B. Jor­dan, Jamie Bell.

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