Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Release Date: February 18th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for language.
Distributors: DreamWorks Studios
Director: D.J. Caruso
JJ Rating: B+
See it again: Probably.
Own it: It’s possible.
Recommend it to: I never read the book, so I can’t say those that loved the book. Maybe just those that like good enough action and humor and awesome CGI.
Not as sharp witted and quick with the information as it could have been.
John (Alex Pettyfer) is from a different planet. He is number four on a hit list of those that wish him and his brethren dead. They can only be killed in order and his number is (har har) up. Henri (Timothy Olyphant), the protector, informs John that they have to move yet again. John is sick of moving and doesn’t want to move again no matter who is after him. I Am Number Four.
The beginning dragged slightly, but when the excitement boomed with the powers, the villains and the action awesomeness--I Am Number Four took charge. Alex Pettyfer’s acting was icing on the cake. Dianna Agron is strong willed teen in “Glee” but in this film, she has a bit of a softer underbelly. It’s adorable. Pettyfer and Agron went together like peanut butter and jelly. That only goes for the film, because outside it there seems to be tension of some kind. Weird, if there’s more films, how will they work through that? I love tension, though. Therefore, I’m eager to see how they work it out.
Callan McAuliffe, who played Sam, did a good job being the bullied geek. Some times I had a feeling that he is more than a bullied geek, like a powerful actor lurks in the shadows, but it’s just a stupid feeling. What do I know?
I wanted there to be stabbing wit forcing me to groan with wows. However, it didn’t work out that way. The script went the way of the telling information in a bland no butter bread way instead of the cinnamon toasted buttered bread way. I love cinnamon. Awesome stuff. I’d sniff it if it were a drug.
Visually when the action burns the screen, everything works out and (as one critic said) it was all worth the wait through the boring first to get the exciting second half. I found the semi-boring beginning charming in a boring for other people, but not really for me kind of way.
In conclusion (I hate that phrase), I am Number Four has a mild beginning with a rip-roaring climax. The end is tame. It is the only film worth seeing that is out right now, along with Just Go With It and if you dislike those films, then you can understand why these two months are Crapuaray.
I write like: Cory Doctorow