We here at EHEHEHEH love movies and we have a friend base of film lovers have started to grow. One such friend is Jozua Judah. He has graciously sent us this review to the new superhero film, I Am Number Four.
I Am Number Four
Release Date: 25 March 2011
Directed By D.J. Caruso
Screenplay By: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon
Produced By Michael Bay
Executive Producers: Chris Bender, David Valdes, J.C. Spink , Steven Spielberg
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer,Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand, Jake Abel, Jeff Hochendoner, Patrick Sebes, Callan McAuliff
Running Time: 119 min
Movies for teenagers are becoming more frequent. I Am Number Four is the next one in a line of feature films doing the rounds on the big screen lately. The movie was adapted from a novel by Pittacus Lore, a pseudo name for novelists James Frey and Jobie Hughes who wrote the book. It was published by HarperCollins in August 2010 and spent six weeks on the children’s chapter of The New York Times Best Seller list with the rights bought by Dreamworks Pictures in June 2009. So, if your thirteen year old son nags you to go see the film, you know why. For them it’s going to be cool.
Most of these films starts with a lone hero. I Am Number Four is no different. Our hero though is not fighting off vampires or battling the gods for a lighting rod. John (Alex Pettyfer) is running for his life, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant). Henri is pretending to be John’s father as to give the appearance of a normal human family. If you are aware of the James Bond version of a teenage film, you will know Alex from the British film Stormbreaker. Alongside John’s is his love interest, Sarah (Dianna Agron) which stared in the Glee TV series. As most of these stories go, John is not any typical teenager. He is a unique teenager, an alien none the less from another planet. His people are known as the Loriens. But back to the story, from what is he running? From the Mogadorians, another race of aliens that are hunting John down, who, by the way totally destroyed his planet. John however is not the only teenage boy the Mogadorians are after. There are eight teenage Loriens, who all make up the Garde. You also guessed it, they’re all hiding here on earth since they don’t have a planet of their own. The Garde consists of all the Loriens who have special powers coming from a specific Lorien blood line. That is if they have blood? The eight fledglings is protected by a charm, so they can’t be killed at random or all at once, it must happen in a specific numeric order. This however doesn’t seem to be a problem for their hunters until now. John is number four…
As John and Henri move on to the next town, Henri tries to limit John’s movement from fear of him being discovered, “as not from around here”. John, a typical alien teenager, no different to the ones here on earth, rebels. He decides to go and find some excitement in the new town. Wait for it, he goes to school. The Mogadorians eventually catch up with them causing all sorts of havoc to break loose in the small out of the way town. John decides not to run anymore facing his enemies with the unique abilities he has been given.
With Michael Bay at helm as producer you know the CGI (computer generated imagery) is going to be off the hook, with films like Transformers and Transformers 2 under the belt. Sadly, I Am Number Four’s story itself falls short in a few places with a pretty straight forward plot. One thing you can count on is that teenagers will love the alien creatures in the movie, the good with the bad with the ugly. The fight sequences inside the film are carefully balanced and not too overwhelming to give the audience some time to get to know the individual characters in the story. That being said, the film buffs in today’s audience will get annoyed with the sub plot, love interest high-jacking this type of story again. The theme, love conquers all, still rings true and won’t disappoint the younger crowd. There are no nude scenes and no bad language. All the action makes violence a given but nothing as intense as a Quentin Tarantino movie. Alongside the melodrama that goes with being a teenager, this movie has a more of a serious feel to it. It gets a, out of this world 6.5 out of 10. See you at the movies.