‘I Am Number Four’ Movie Review fr Cinema Static

by on June 6, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Timothy Olyphant and Alex Pettyfer in

I Am Number Four was directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia), off a screenplay from Alfred Gough (Smallville, Charlie’s Angels), Miles Millar (Smallville, Charlie’s Angels) & Marti Noxon (Mad Men, Private Practice).

It came from producer Michael Bay (Transformers franchise).

It starred Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer and Dianna Agron, with an appearance by one of my favorite evil character actors, Kevin Durand as the Mogadorian Commander.  (When you hear the leader speak, you’ll think, dang, he sounds familiar!  But he won’t quite look familiar.)

Having just seen I Am Number Four (No one said I was timely), I have to say it is a wonderfully rewarding but simplistic movie.  With Noxon and Bay attached, I was expecting something above average.  In some ways it was, in other ways, it wasn’t.

The story is about John (Pettyfer), a teenage alien on Earth running form the Mogadorians who are out to destroy him and his kind.  John is supposed to blend with humanity so he can’t be located.  He fails miserably, despite his guardian’s (Olyphant) constant advice.

Alex Pettyfer in

He's thinking he never needs to buy batteries ever again!

The story itself was rather predictable with the teen who won’t listen and events that happen within the movie that feel like they were terribly written (or maybe poorly edited) to connect dots as hastily as possible.  That aspect of the movie wasn’t horrible, but a bit disappointing.  By connecting dots and such, what I might mean is the character discovering he has alien powers, and then heading out the door and leaping tall buildings, deep ravines and such rather flawlessly in his first try.  It just felt like the learning curve was non-existent.

On the other hand, the action in the movie had Michael Bay’s signature all over it, with superbly detailed and crafted action scenes and alien powers being used.  It was almost worth the classic outline plot to get to the scenes where the hero gets the proper retribution and powers up to defeat the bad guys.  This is classic tween dream fantasy material.  The stuff some used to day-dream about, having super powers and saving the girl, the school and everyone who knows you!

Movie Review Score

If I’d recommend this movie, it would be to the early teen demographic.  It was a rather typical “kid gets jacked, gets even and wins” kind of movie. Simple, to the point and rewarding if you’re not looking for too much from your stories.

On my dual scale of movie reviews, I’d give I Am Number Four a Popcorn 6.

I Am Number Four books and movies on Amazon


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