Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I Am Number Four [2011]

Director: D. J. Caruso
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe, Teresa Palmer
Genre: Science fiction/Action
Rating: Teen (Horrific images)
Comment: "It was good for what it was, although that's not saying much..."

An extraterrestrial known only as John Smith, roams the Earth in the form of a young man turns into a fugitive after learning that his kind are being killed one by one. Along with his guardian, they settled down at an idyllic town in Ohio where John experienced some life-changing events that leads to his eventual decision to make a stand.

What to Expect
1. Some cool special effects
2. Decent action sequences
3. Tons of cliches

What NOT to Expect
1. To actually care about the mythology
2. A sequel...?
Again, I say that it was good for what it was, although that really isn't saying much considering that it borrowed heavily from other things like Smallville [2001-2011], and maybe also a little bit of Twilight [2008] thrown in.

Frankly it's a little hard for me to pinpoint just why it doesn't really work. Maybe it's the abundance of similarly-themed stories that came out before this one. Or maybe it's because of what made the novel - from which the movie was adapted from - such a success was not very well-represented in the movie. I wouldn't know because I haven't read it. However, for the most part I think it was simply because it was nothing we haven't seen before.

Which is kind of a shame really, because I can honestly see some potential. What they could have done was to work a little more on the characterisations, because the amount of cliches in the movie was almost unforgivable; the reluctant hero, the sweet ol' love interest, the school bully, and an awkward sidekick. That was just the characters, don't get me started on the plot.

But then again let's not overanalyse things, shall we? After all, nobody said that it was going to be phenomenal. We have Michael Bay credited as one of the producers, that alone should pretty much tell you all that you need to know.

So add all that up, this is one of those movies you'd simply forget as soon as you leave the theater. Sure, there was some eye-catching visuals and cool action sequences, maybe even you had some laughs here and there. But at the end of the day, you'll feel like you wouldn't miss a thing if they had never made the film.

As always, movies that are not very good but watchable get a B.

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