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Formulaic Teen-Science Fiction,
This review is from: I Am Number Four [DVD] (DVD)
'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.