I was eagerly waiting to see this movie, as I am a long time fan of the Silver Surfer. I was rather disappointed. The action and special effects were good, but a lot was left to be desired.
The movie starts with Mr. Fantastic - Reed Richards and The Invisible Girl – Sue Storm - planning their wedding. Their plans had been interrupted 4 times already, and Sue was getting perturbed. Reed was already working on a secret project when an army general came to see him to ask for help. It seems an Unidentified Flying Object was zipping around the earth and wherever it appeared, climate changes occurred with temperatures and snow falling. Also, large craters are appearing, one right in the middle of the Thames river by London Bridge. The movie does not say how deep the craters are, but the Thames river is drained dry.
Against Sue’s wishes, Reed agrees to help, but the wedding is still on. Right in the middle of the outdoor ceremony, held on a New York rooftop, the UFO appears. A paparazzi helicopter has it’s instruments frozen and crashes onto the rooftop. All four members of the fantastic team are able to contain the wreckage and prevent any deaths. Johnny Storm, The Human Torch flies after the UFO to see what it is and why it is. As he chases it, he sees a humanoid, encased in silver, flying through the air on a surfboard. When he reports this to the rest of the team and to the army general, they are almost in disbelief. Johnny insists it was indeed a surfboard. The army general wonders out loud what this “Silver Surfer” is up to. Johnny says that it appears that the Surfer is getting his power from the board and it is agreed they must try to get him off the board.
The team’s nemesis from the last movie, Victor von Doom aka, Dr. Doom is revived in his home country of Latveria and chases after the Surfer himself. His encounter with the Surfer leaves him powerless, his metal-flesh returning to normal and his magnetic powers gone. He arrives in New York and offers his help, but nobody really trusts him.
Reed devises a tachyon pulse emitter and the next time they get close to the Surfer, they are able to separate the Surfer from the board. The Surfer is powerless without his board and the army takes both into custody. The Fantastic Four are escorted into a room and locked in. Sue, turning invisible, escapes after Johnny gets a guard to open the door for a minute. Sue finds the Surfer, who is restrained and begins to ask him questions. She asks him his name, but he refuses to answer. She asks him why he is on Earth and finally the Surfer says that he is but a herald for Galactus, who is enroute to the Earth to destroy it. The Surfer explains that Galactus is merely consuming the planet for energy. Sue pleads mercy for the Earth, but the Surfer is unmoved. But when Sue asks him if he knows what it is like to be in love, the Surfer answers gently, “Yes.”
Sue returns to the rest of the team and they devise a way to smuggle the Surfer out of custody. Reed uses a remote control device, which activates the secret project he has been working on – a private jet for the team to use on their missions. It arrives and the team and the Surfer escape. When they are in the plane, the Surfer turns to Sue and says, “Norrin Radd. That is my name.”
The military is in pursuit and they are shot down over China and Sue is badly wounded. As Reed holds her, she dies. The Surfer listens to the last love words spoken by the couple and sees Reed’s tears of grief. He uses his Cosmic Power to revive Sue and changes his mind about letting Galactus destroy the earth. He flies up to the cloud formation that is concealing Galactus and ---- somehow stops Galactus. The movie does not show or say how. The movie ends with the wedding of Sue and Reed.
Now I will tell you why I am disappointed with this movie. As you may have guessed, --- where was the confrontation between Galactus and The Surfer? How did the Surfer stop Galactus? All they did was have the cloud formation dissipate!