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I Am Number Four

A movie directed by D.J. Caruso

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Caruso does it again! (sarcasm)

  • Jun 18, 2011
* out of ****

"I Am Number Four" exists on a very sad and bleak side of cinema where everything is all wrong. The film is a hammy, excessive CGI extravaganza that cares little about characters or story and decides to focus more on special effects, death scenes, battle scenes, stunts, and making loads of money off of the product. The ones behind the production seem to know what teens want out of a movie made for teens, and every last detail is crammed into the package to the point where it's just a tad overstuffed.

Even so, "I Am Number Four" is nothing but pure cheese. It's overly accessible, revoltingly effortless, and all-around just plain stupid. It lacks the logic of an intelligent alien sci-fi flick, the depth of a successful romance, or the taut writing of a memorable drama. The film looked bad from the trailers, and they didn't lie. This thing is bad. Really bad. It's a very good example of how to NOT make a film in 2011, and it might serve as a pretty good example if you were taking a class on not how to completely throw all intelligence out the window and screw up your whole production.

The story is that an alien life-form (played by Alex Pettyfer), who constantly changes his name and decides on "John" after settling in to his newest home, is running from an enemy race of evil aliens. He lives on earth, as his planet is deemed unsafe. He goes to High School, he takes classes, he falls in love...all while very much aware of the alien-like powers he possesses.

To make sure that things don't get too out-of-control, the handsome devil has a fatherly figure named Henri (Timothy Olyphant) to look after him. However, the young alien has a hard time controlling the side of him that WANTS to be normal. This I don't get, because I'm pretty sure most good movie aliens wouldn't care about how their High School/teenage career goes down.

The "evil" aliens find the good ones. They attack while our hero is in school. He must save his love interest while fighting them off. After the big fight(s) ensue, room if left often for a sequel, and possibly even more than one.

Let's get something straight: this is an action movie. I expected action, and that's what I got; endless scenes of explosions, special effects, and PG-13 deaths. When characters die, they snap, crackle, and then they pop. When the aliens use their inhuman strength and powers, it's time to call in the stunt doubles (or the stunt team). The film isn't the most realistic of its kind, and even if it's meant to be silly, which I don't think it is, it still sucks.

These are some of the most uninspired aliens I've seen. The film is based on a novel, which must be pretty bad itself is such stuff could be visualized from it. There's not a whole lot of heart to "I Am Number Heart", just as there's not a whole lot of brains. It was made for the purpose of money, with actors that can bring in money with their pretty little faces, and action scenes that will appeal to the target audience. For the most intellectually devoid of teens, "I Am Number Four" is competent entertainment. For those who like sci-fi movies for their substance and for their intelligence, it's an insult. Fans of the genre may not even want to put themselves through such misery.

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review by . February 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
When I saw the names Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay as producers, I immediately lowered my expectations for director D.J. Caruso’s adaptation of the novel of the same name “I Am Number Four”. The novel was written by Jobie Hughes and James Frey (pen named as Pittacus Lore) with screenplay co-written by Miles Millar (Smallville), Alfred Gough and Marti Noxon; so yeah, you guessed it, it would only be a matter of time before the influences of “Twilight” would branch …
review by . February 19, 2011
'I Am Number Four' directed by D. J. Caruso (Disturbia) is a scifi/action/teen-love story based on the best selling novel of the same name.      Alex Pettyfer portrays John Smith (Number Four). John is your basic teenage alien from the planet, Lorien. He's being hunted by the super evil Mogadorians. The villainous Mogadorians are eliminating the nine Loriens that are hiding on earth in numerical order.      When the film opens, Lorien Number …
review by . February 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . March 11, 2011
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review by . February 20, 2011
I Am Number Four is based on a young-adult novel that spent six weeks on the children's chapter of The New York Times Best Seller list. It is also the first part of a six book series. No wonder this book was snagged up to make a movie, I imagine all the producers heard was ka-ching. And with producer Michael Bay on board how could this not be a hit.      The movie is about a teenage outsider named John Smith, how outside, well he's from space. He and his eight other …
review by . February 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         With just a little less violence and a complete removal of the foul language, I Am Number Four would be adequate material for a Saturday morning action series, like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It clearly has the same sensibilities: Plot, character, theme, and significance don’t matter as long as something marketable is being shown to a mass audience. This is an astonishingly stupid movie, and the filmmakers must have known it, for there’s …
review by . March 09, 2011
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review by . June 11, 2011
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Nine infant aliens, who closely resemble humans, flee their home planet, Lorien, to hide on Earth. An invading species, the Mogadorians, have destroyed their planet, and followed them to Earth to hunt them down. Each of the nine aliens is given a guardian and will develop superhuman powers as they become adults. They are each assigned a number. These last children of Lorien can only be killed in the sequence of their numbers.[2] Numbers One, Two, and Three have been killed so far.

Number Four (Alex Pettyfer), also named John Smith, moves to Paradise, Ohio, disguised as an American high school student.[3] He makes a friend, Sarah Hart (Dianna Agron), a sweet Midwestern girl who is a photographer. After being on the run his whole life, Number Four falls in love and now has something to stand up and fight for.[2]

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Director: D.J. Caruso
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 18 February 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Studio: Dreamworks PIctures
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