Movie Review – I Am Number Four – New Movie Franchise? No Thanks..

I Am Number Four (2011)

John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four.

I had some free tickets from TGV via Nuffnang for my birthday so we decided to catch a movie whilst we were hanging out at Sunway Pyramid pigging out the whole day. There wasn’t a lot of choice of what was on really, this had mixed reviews as did Battle LA and the rest were certified crap.

So we decided to go for this, I thought it’d be a bit more hardcore – a bit more sci-fi. Not another Twilight-esque tweener/highschool love story with some special effects thrown in for good measure. It also freaked me out a bit that the female lead was Quinn Fabray from Glee..basically playing the same character (in girl gone out, the movie for photography, in Glee, for singing).

She was ok, as was the male lead Alex Pettyfer who managed to have the same facial expression for mostly the whole film (compare the poster above and his face in the screen-shot below). It was a decidedly teenage movie tho and I expect during 2011 we’re gonna see a whole lot more.

Dianna Agron & Alex Pettyfer in I Am Number Four (2011)

I saw Timothy Olyphant was in it too from the poster, so thought it should be decent cos he usually plays a badass kinda chap.

Not to say it’s a terrible film, but lining it up with a bunch of references for future franchise films is a little arrogant seeing as though it wasn’t exactly a masterpiece. I guess it did fairly well with the target audience as the rating on IMDB is a respectable 6.5/10. It was enjoyable enough to watch, well paced and the effects were fun to watch (definitely better towards the end) – but the characters had absolutely no depth, the plot didn’t really make sense and there was no compelling storyline.

It was ok and I’ll give it a glowing-hands 5/10.




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7 Responses to Movie Review – I Am Number Four – New Movie Franchise? No Thanks..

  1. eddi88 March 29, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    This movie is just average but enjoyable enough.

  2. ctlkchswk March 29, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    you’ll be surprised i actually think your movie review is better than those in the star, etc….

    i never watch number 4..but all i know it’s based on a book. i guess not all movies can be successfully adapted from books.

    Summer movies coming up…thor, green latern, transformers 3

  3. ShaolinTiger March 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    eddi88: Yup, that’s a fair assessment..

    ctlkchswk: Haha not really surprised, the reviews in The Star are kinda crappy. Thanks tho 🙂 There is some big movies coming this year indeed.

  4. Shemah March 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    After all that hype of having Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay as producers and what not, I was hoping it was more badass than this. It wasn’t exactly a terrible movie to sit through. I agree with most of what you said. Very smallville-twilighty feel to it. But I liked Timothy Olyphant in it. Always liked him. 🙂

    Towards the end of the film, the “dog” was the only character that got a reaction from the audience. LOL! 🙂

    I must say, though it’s a kinder review than most.. I even saw one headline that said, “I Am Number Four Smells like Number Two). LOL! Having said ALL that, I don’t think I’ll watch number 5. Will you?

  5. Huai Bin March 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’ve read the book. Perhaps I’ll go catch it and see how well it fares.

    Heh! That line about Alex having the same facial expression made me LOL.

  6. Anthony April 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Initially i thought that this is the Fantastic Four movie talking about the 4th Character of that movie. Not that spectacular. But it is still worth a watch.

  7. ShaolinTiger April 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Shemah: Haha well I enjoyed it enough, I had no expectations. And yes, the dog certainly stole the show LOL. Will I watch the next one? No..