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I Am Number Four [DVD]
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2011
This is certainly a movie with a young public in mind. The idea is relatively original, there is a good amount of nice action, nice effects and the actors are good and promising. There are some cliches: some look good and make the movie funnier whereas other are just simply too much and they definitely damage the story.

You have to be into this kind of movie for young people, you have to be into sci-fiction, action movies, fantasy, extra-terrestrial stuff and forget about the bad cliches. In that case it's quite a nice movie and certainly worth renting it or buying it like I did. If you are not in the previous list and can't get past the cliches (some of them are funny though) this might not be the movie for you. But if you like action, sci-fi, fantasy movies it's quite nice and worth buying.

It won't get an Oscar (maybe special effects) but you will spend a nice afternoon watching it.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 27 April 2011
This is a film which is much more of a teenage high school romance than a serious science fiction film. The basic plot is that the good-looking high school hero is the last of an extra-terrestrial race hunted by another race of ruthless aliens. He is trying to remain anonymous but falls in love with a girl at his school, and both are in danger as the homicidal aliens close in on him. He has some extraordinary powers which he discovers which help him in his battle with the evil alien race. It would have been improved by exploring the story behind the alien conflict a little more, rather than focusing on high school relationships.

Basically it's a bit of OK escapist fun, but nothing for the serious SF fan to get excited about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2012
This film is about John Smith, who is a 15 year-old from the planet Lorien who escaped to earth as a baby with his protector, Henri, after the Mogadorians invaded. They now live in America, moving constantly to stay hidden from the Mogadorians. They have killed the first, second and now the third of the refugees seem to be doing fine until their life on the road is brought to an abrupt halt when John Smith meets Sarah Hart.
This film, directed by D.J. Caruso is a stunning adaptation of the book, by Pittacus Lore. Despite a few changes, which are inevitable in these cases, all of the major elements are kept the same and the plot is entirely unchanged from the original. Upon watching this film for the first time, I was amazed to see that the characters matched the image in my mind's eye, which does not often happen. The acting is astounding, and the choice of Alex Pettyfer as Number four, and Timothy Olyphant as Henri was definitely a good one. Generally, I am not the biggest fan of Sci-fi, but this film kept me gripped from the start. One point that could be improved is the excessive fight scenes near the end, for there are points when you think that it's over, but there is still more to come. Despite this, it is a superb film and I would definitely recommend watching it as soon as you have the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Didn't know anything about this movie, and even though its a bit of a 'teen angst' type movie, and I'm in my my mid 30s, I'm glad to say it turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise.

It was packed full of action, the acting was good, the bad guy was comical and scary in equal measures (which made for a great villain), and overall, this film about an small group of alien beings using super powers to fight for their survival, was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

There was a story, but you didn't have to work too hard at it. The action and fight scenes were superbly done, the effects were great and there was a lot going on in this film of a pretty high standard... Perhaps too much, as there were one or too elements that were perhaps not necessary, but still, they were well handled and didn't spoil your enjoyment.

There's not a huge amount of extras on the Blu Ray, but what I saw were pretty good, and I can recommend the main feature if you want an easy to watch, action-packed, FX fuelled film about trying to fit into a new high school while battling to save yourself, the universe and your new chick. 8/10. B +.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2011
'I Am Number Four' is a teen science-fiction action film that released in 2011 to mainly negative reviews, however was a box-office success. The film is based on the novel of the same name, authored by Pittacus Lore (a nickname for the duo James Frey and Jobie Hughes).

The movie tells the story of John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), an alien settled in earth, who is being hunted by another race of aliens.

The movie is a teen coming-of-age romance movie with a Sci-Fi action backdrop. The movie has an action packed start but after that it's just mindless action running along with an uninteresting love story. The feature is predictable and the climax was unfitting.

The good things are the impressive special effects, eye catching stylish cinematography and generally expensive production values. Also the background music score by Trevor Rabin is really melodious becoming a highlight of the movie.

The main problem for me was mixing the teen love story with the Sci-Fi action theme, it doesn't work. It's distracting and frustrating as both themes eat into each other. After a while the movie dragged, however was saved somewhat by the action.

The only actor that stands out and makes the movie a bit appealing is Timothy Olyphant (Henri) who is really competent. Everyone else including the lead actor, Alex Pettyfer perform below the mark.

D. J. Caruso's direction is senseless. It seems he was in mixed minds as to what direction to take. The melodramatic scenes were a bore. Caruso also leaves too many loose ends in the story. In the end the feature is an ordinary time pass.

'I Am Number Four' is a clichéd no-brainer that I didn't enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This movie is very unexpected and not predictable. You can guess the basic story line but the more complex details take you completely by suprise. Alex Pettyfer plays the main character, John Smith or 'Number Four', who is an alien (aliens have never looked so good!) that is being hunted by other aliens from the destroyed planet of Lorien. There are eight other teenagers like John who make up the 'Garde', who are Loriens with special 'Legaices' and powers. The Garde can only be killed in a certain order and after the death of 'Number Three', John is next.

It gets a little bit too 'Star Wars' for my liking at the end but nonetheless this is a great movie. It is action packed with some of the oddest themes that are woven carefully together to create an interesting story. There is action, fighting, aliens as well as teen drama - romance and bullying. One would not expect these themes to gel well together but they do in 'I Am Number Four'. I highly recommend this movie to anyone really, but in particular teenagers. For me, personally, the ending was unexpected, because I thought that it would end with your typical teen romance, but it didn't. It left you in suspense wanting to know more. As 'I Am Number Four' was the first of a series of six books hopefully we'll see the sequels brought to our screens soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'I Am Number Four' is an American action science fiction film, directed by D. J. Caruso, starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, and Dianna Agron - ie a good, generous slice of eye candy for both genders.

This movie isn't a "wannabe" of the Twilight/Transformers franchises. Admittedly, we do have very hot other-worldly beings protecting their earthling partners from monstrous other-wordly baddies, but this film stands up on its own.

On the DVD, the sound and the effects are stunning. You also get 2 x bonus features: the morphing of the lovely Teresa Palmer into an ass-kicking No6 (pretty good), and a bloopers reel.

This movie is entertainment for all viewers that delivers a good story, action, and desire to want more at the end. To be honest, I was very pleasantly surprised, given the bad press the film has taken.

The acting was believable and consistent (unlike previous reviews who claim the actors lost steam halfway thru the film). The best part about this film: the love story within the plot WAS NOT painful/annoying to watch (such as Twilight).

'I Am Number Four' is a great start to what could be a fantastic franchise.

** Recommended**
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2014
The books of this series are amazing. Loved them all. They were sci fi and totally epic!

This movie is a disappointment. They alienness is cheesy and it's more kids with magic powers running about like headless chickens!
The story has became a romance with superpowers mixed in.
The acting is bad and the only reason I gave it two stars is because of the amazing books

Write more books, no more movies
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this film - partly I have to say because my expectation of main stream sci fi has been somewhat dumbed down: and I am a sucker for blonde women on bikes and young men with good shoulders. This is a pretty film, well made if not overdone
on the computer graphics: at least Number Four acts with a certain moody boy charm - unlike Edward in Twilight who seems to confine himself to narrowing his eyes and snorting. The premise is good if undercooked - and I certainly agree with the perceptive reviews above that this has a sort of pilot feel to it: a lot of lose ends. The fact is, that Twilight Meets ET aside, this is a close re-working of Roswell: in fact it contains the same universe down to the sheriff, the mean sheriff's son (made good at the end), the geeky boy, the box, the communication device, and the Nasedo character pretending to be daddy. In this sense I saw it - and enjoyed it - not so much as a film rip off but a sort of trope about sci fi and identity. Alas it turns into a sort of transformers-mutant approach towards the end with very BAD baddies and lots of explosions, but it was a good day out on a wet windy British bank holiday - teen music over moody shots is a bit wearing though after a while. Serious sci fi fo rme is stuff like Clooney's extraordinary reclaiming of Solaris - almost in many senses better tyhan the original - but it wasnt a hit and studios are driven, like political parties and fashion - into a middle ground in which content and dialogue and ultimately plot give way to a bland derivative format of bang bang kiss and moody endings. I liked the dog though, that was sweet - and this does get a place on the Hewitt sci fi shelves between Roswell Series One and Supernatural.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There are two alien races on this planet. One is trying to kill the other one. The good guys look like blond surfers and the bad guys look like Darth Maul. Three of the good guys are dead. The fourth one (4 of 9) has relocated to Paradise, Ohio and is attempting to keep a low profile, but insists on going to school. Here he meets a pretty blond who is also a photographer. There are the jocks who insist he stay away from her and the class science/UFO geek who is picked on by the Jocks.

Our hero, whose name is John Smith is going through alien puberty where he develops more superhuman powers. Through it all he must cope with the "agony" of high school, dating pretty girls, and in his spare time, defeat an alien race out to destroy him. Definitely a teen movie. It has the potential to have a sequel as well as being a TV series. No sex or nudity.
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