Fantastic 4 Rise of the Silver Surfer is the essence of what can be done with a great story and great CGI artists. Rise of the Silver Surfer jumps ahead four years in the history of the Fantastic 4 (only two years in movie time) to a time when the Silver Surfer identifies Earth as a source of food for his boss the planet consuming Galactus.
The first movie in the franchise, as well as Daredevil, Elektra, the three X-Men movies, a Fantastic 4 four-cartoon DVD, a disc with a digital Silver Surfer comic book are all available in the Fox Marvel Heroes Box Set.
The Silver Surfer is unlike any super villain the 4 have ever met easily eclipsing Dr. Doom. Silver Surfer can match Johnny's speed, can pass through objects and can withstand assaults that would bring down the military of some nations.
What makes Silver Surfer different from all other villains though is that he has a conscious and is in actuality a slave to Galactus not his willing servant. Silver Surfer does not want to do what he is doing but is compelled by the threat of the destruction of his own world if he does not act as a finder for Galactus and a harbinger of Galactus' arrival to a planet.
The premise of Rise of the Silver Surfer is simple enough and the delivery of the story is a promising sequel to the first Fantastic 4 movie and one of the infrequent times that the second movie is superior to the first. The movie opens with the impending nuptials of Sue Storm and Reed Richards during which the arrival of the Silver Surfer seems to act as an electro magnetic pulse wiping out the functionality of everything electric (including the instrumentation of the helicopter hovering over the wedding party).
With such a fantastic entrance it is hardly surprising that Surfer attracts the interest of the Fantastic 4. It isn't just the 4 who are interested in the Surfer though as Dr. Doom is inadvertently released (and cured) as a result of the cosmic energy generated by the Surfer and actively seeks him out for a partnership - an offer which the Silver Surfer naturally rejects. Doom however realizes that it isn't so much the Silver Surfer who has powers but rather it is the surf board on which he rides that is his source of power.
The story is a fairly straightforward one which develops much as one might expect with Victor von Doom figuring prominently in a military double cross of the Fantastic 4 and ultimately putting the future of the planet in jeopardy.
Naturally enough the destruction of man cannot be part of a super heroes movie and the end is satisfying as well as open enough to allow for the return to aspects of the story in future installments of this franchise.