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September 16, 2015. | Issue 4, Volume 63 I thebluebanner.nfci MOVIE REVIEW COMMOilARY Fantastic Four teleports audience through a FHnTOSTKZ mE55 By Michael O'Hearn, Social Media Editor - Going into the new Fantastic Four film directed by Josh Trank, I didn’t have high hopes. I had heard about the numerous complications behind the scenes, ranging from the fist fights actor Miles Teller almost ignited with Trank, to the multiple reshoots the film added at the last minute. So where do I begin to tell readers this movie not only met my low ex pectations, but also made history as the biggest bomb of 2015? Starting from the top of this atrocity sounds like a fine idea. I want to liken this film to what might happen if someone were to run a red light in New York City in a shiny Ferrari going way over the speed limit. Numerous pedestrians would be killed, cars would crash and bum and the whole scene would be a fiery explosion of mayhem and destruction. The movie theater audience might be like the police personnel, yelling at the Ferrari to stop dead in its tracks in order to spare innocent lives. The concept behind this reboot of the mohearn@unca.edu 2005 movie is interesting enough. Reed Richards discovers interdimensional travel at a young age and is enlisted by a scientist, Franklin Storm, and his daughter, to do more experiments on his findings while in high school. It’s the execution of this film, includ ing the acting and cringeworthy script, that leaves something more to be de sired by a casual moviegoer like myself. Along the way, Richards’ childhood friend, Ben Grimm, and Franklin Storm’s son, Johnny Storm, get in volved with the project. The scientist also has to call upon Victor von Doom for some inexplicable reason for addi tional support. During the first 45 minutes, we follow the new team as they try to get along with each other while perfecting the sci ence of teleporting between dimensions. Read the last sentence again, putting emphasis on 45 minutes and consid ering all of this time is used for the exposition of the science that goes into the team’s research and the construction of Richards’ machine on a full scale. The experience of taking a short-lived trip to another dimension only lasts 10 minutes, which, of course, fails, setting up the rest of the movie. ' The movie needed some kind of dra ma extending beyond the tired cliches utilized in this film. Johnny Storm is reckless and his father disapproves of the way he lives in the shadow of Sue Storm, his adopted sister. Reed Richards and Victor von Doom immediately dislike each other once paired up, which makes little sense to me because there is no prior history between the two scientists. And, of course, we get the forced love triangle between Doom, Richards and Sue Storm. Richards tries to flirt with Storm by bringing up music, inquis itively calling it “her thing,’’ which comes off awkward and uninspired. We get a mere mention that Doom has romantic feelings for Sue Storm, which don’t resurface until the very end when Doom is trying to kill everyone. So, that doesn’t work in his favor, either. Once the main characters get their powers, we see them locked up for the next 20 minutes. Enter Act Two, in which the government wants to experi ment with the characters, to the dismay of Franklin Storm. Fast forward a year, where the Storm siblings are recklessly playing with their powers and the U.S. military is using Ben Grimm as a weapon like the Hulk. Richards is in a self-imposed exile. He feels he can’t help his friends cir cumnavigate their new abilities and the government wanting to use them as the basis for advanced soldiers. At this point, the movie is three-quar ters of the way done, and all the audi ence has seen is work on the teleporta tion machine, one failed trip to another dimension, and Richards being brought back into the fray from exile. Nothing fantastic has occurred yet, and the movie is more than an hour in. Bear in mind the film has 30 minutes left to establish these so-called heroes as a team, while also bringing in a for midable villain for the heroes to fight in the thrilling and final battle. It is presumed up to a point that Doom perished while on the first trip to the other dimension. Despite the Read more on page 23

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