MOVIE REVIEW: “I Am Number Four” stars Alex Pettyfer (In Time, Beastly), Timothy Olyphant (Justified [TV series], Live Free or Die Hard), Diana Agron (Glee [TV series], The Family), Callan McAuliffe (Flipped , The Great Gatsby ), Jake Abel (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Host), Kevin Durand (Lost [TV series], X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Bedtime Stories). It is directed by D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye). In this movie, we follow a teen named John (Pettyfer) who is always on the run. He was born on another planet which was taken over and destroyed by enemies known as Mogadorians. They killed almost all of his kind, except for himself and eight others who were sent to earth as toddlers so that their race could survive. But after staying on earth for nine years, the Mogadorians found the first child sent from the planet they destroyed and they killed the him. Whenever one of their kind is killed, John and the other now-teens, or “numbers”, get scarred with the victim’s symbol on their leg. Soon after, the Mogadorians found the second one and then the third, killing each in order. John is number four. His time is approaching and with the help of his guardian, Henri (Olyphant), sent to earth to protect him, he must keep to himself and not make any contact with anyone. All that will be hard though, because he will soon meet a girl that he will fall in love with.
I thought that this movie was pretty good. Having been written by Alfred Gogh and Miles Miller, the writers of “Smallville” (my second favorite show), I had high hopes for this movie. Even Michael Bay (Transformers , The Island ) is the producer of this with D.J. Caruso being the director! With such big names, this movie should be good. And although it wasn’t the best, I did like it. The plot was somewhat original, with it being a superhero type story. It was entertaining and interesting to watch, with some good dialogue and awesome action scenes. Of course it’s not a Michael Bay produced film without an explosion with slow-motion shots added in. The acting was good as well, having seen most of these actors in other films. With this film, I have two cons that come to mind. The first would have to be how unrealistic this movie can get in terms of what can be portrayed as real (excluding the whole superpowers part). What I mean by that is when John reveals that he has powers or shows them to some people, they don’t really freak out at all. They accept him and just brush it off, which I find silly. If I saw someone I know suddenly exhibit out-of-this-world powers, I would be scared or freaked out. Apparently some people are just cool with it in this story. The last con I have is the character of Number 6 (Palmer). Although she was a cool character at the end of the movie with awesome action scenes, she was kind of useless for the whole movie. They showed her in the beginning and didn’t really bring her up until the end. So her character wasn’t really developed as much as I wanted. What is really sad about this movie that I forgot to mention was that the ending hinted at a sequel a lot and after looking it up, the sequel has been shelved until further notice, which means that we may not see it for a very long time (or maybe not at all). Overall, this movie was good and I recommend any superhero or sci-fi fans to check this one out! FINAL SCORE: 81%= Juicy Popcorn
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