I Am Number Four

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  • reviewer 3 years ago
    102 of 118 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Characters and an actual story in a Science Fiction, May 27, 2011
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    This review is from: I Am Number Four (Amazon Instant Video)
    I enjoy watching science fiction movies but find many of them today so caught up with the CGI that the story line is completely lost in translation, as if the story no longer matters today. I found this movie both entertaining and fun. It had good character buildup and did all of this with the fun of science fiction. A true gem amoung todays films. It was also nice not to have anything I found to be offensive in the movie.

    I hope they continue this and build upon the movie with sequals but since I didn’t know of this being a major blockbuster I am assuming this is not going to be the case.

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  • M. Espinoza 3 years ago
    90 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great mindless entertainment when you just want to unwind in front of the tv, June 3, 2011
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    This review is from: I Am Number Four (Amazon Instant Video)
    I hesitated renting it online when I saw that the initial review were horrible, but I rolled the dice and am glad I watched it. It’s not an Oscar-winning performance, and certainly not going to inspire deep, intellectual conversation afterwards….but if you’re looking for something entertaining to watch just for fun– then you’ll love this movie.

    Great action sequences towards the end, semi-intriguing story, you can answer your text messages and microwave some popcorn without losing track of what’s going on on-screen. Unless you’re in a film-snobbish mood, this is well worth getting.

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  • Russ Nickel 3 years ago
    254 of 316 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Unoriginal and Entertaining! A Perfect Date Movie, February 24, 2011
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    This is the entertainment business, and you know, they try, but probably the most entertaining thing about this movie was how it came to be. There are a lot of great films based on books, and even more great books deserving film adaptations, but rather than take a literary success and bring it to the big screen, Dreamworks decided to buy the rights to, of all things, I Am Number Four. Oh yeah, and they purchased them a year before it was even published! All because James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, decided to start a fiction franchise that pumps out books and movies that could be marketed to teens.

    But hey, why not? It was bound to be a success. A young man escapes a planet just as it’s being destroyed, ending up in a quaint town in Kansas Ohio where he attempts to live a normal life, only to find that he possesses superpowers, which really throw a kink in his small-town romance. That exact story has already worked out once — why not a second time? All you need to do is get the creators of Smallville to write the script, toss in some beautiful people and a few Michael Bay explosions, and you’ve got yourself a hit.

    I Am Number Four opens on a scene of said beautiful people partying at the beach. Our hero, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), is having a blast with all his buddies, and even gets invited to a sexy swim with the school hottie, where she delivers such lovely dialogue as “The big dipper. It’s my favorite.” I doubt she could even name another constellation, but that’s neither here nor there, because suddenly a scar on John’s leg emits a blinding light, signaling that Number Three is dead. For some reason that may or may not be explained in the book but certainly isn’t in the movie, the survivors of planet Lorien can only be killed in order, so it’s time for Number Four to go on the run. He and his protector, Henri (Timothy Olyphant, whose last name always reminds me of Lord of the Rings), burn all their belongings and hit the road, but an eeeeevil gecko sneaks onto their truck.

    Their flight leads them to Paradise, Ohio, where the gecko turns into a cute puppy…of DEATH! At least, that’s what I kept expecting. But when the puppy passed up numerous opportunities to transform into a horrible monster and slay everyone, I ended up just being pretty confused about why they built up so much suspense.
    Puppies aren’t the only danger in Paradise, however. There’s also Sarah (Dianna Agron), the school sweetheart. There’s an alliterative joke in there somewhere. Something like “dogs are dangerous, but nothing can match the peril of the…” I don’t know, some word for cat.

    Anyway, Sarah is an irresistible cliché, the blonde who dated the quarterback of the football team until she picked up photography, thus gaining a lens into the soul and learning the true meaning of love. At least the quarterback is original, except for the fact that he beats up science nerds and can’t understand why Sarah doesn’t want him and hates John for moving in on his territory. And the science nerd isn’t just a science nerd. He happens to have a dad who was totally abducted by aliens so he’s obsessed with rooting out all extraterrestrials at the school. All this is nothing at all like Smallville, because in that show, the blonde photographer is the same person who wants to root out the mystery behind the alien occurrences, and a different character is the love interest.

    I feel bad bashing this formula so much, because I have to admit, the characters really were hot, which is what really matters. Dianna Agron of Glee fame is a girl next door of no compare, and Alex Pettyfer is, undeniably, a beautiful piece of man. I mean, in his next movie, he literally plays a guy whose main character trait is that he’s really really ridiculously good looking. Based on that alone, I figured I’d be able to enjoy their romance, but man, was I wrong. This was supposed to be a superhero movie, darn it, and we end up sitting through more than an hour of plodding romance with no action whatsoever. And it’s not good romance either. It’s just like Twilight: all meaningful looks, lip biting, and a thirst for blood.

    Maybe not the last one so much, but when this movie wasn’t Smallville, it really was Twilight. The main guy has a secret that makes him an outsider at the school, but a beautiful girl is intrigued by his mystery and they fall for each other. And Loriens, unlike humans, only fall in love once and it lasts. Isn’t it romantic? Blehck. Males everywhere will squirm in their seats. On the other hand, it’s a perfect date movie. The guys will be excited to go, the girls will acquiesce, and then the girls will be so pleasantly surprised by the fact that the guy took them to a chick flick that they’re sure to sleep with them. Except studies show that scary movies are much more likely to get you laid, so oh well.

    Although the whole first hour had me teetering on…

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