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I Am Number Four
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May 31, 2011 By: Jaci Selby
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Director:
DJ Caruso

Actors:
Timothy Olyphant
Dianna Agron
Teresa Palmer
Alex Pettyfer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The surviving children of an alien race are being killed off in order. Three have been killed, and John Smith is Number Four.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Take your sister's boxed set of Degrassi, throw in SPIDERMAN and TWILIGHT and you have this movie.

"Action movie" is a term used pretty loosely here. For the first hour, this was a damned episode of Dawson's Creek with a whiny alien thrown in. It's like the filmmakers found a list of teen movie cliches and crossed them off one by one. The newcomer's first day of school, the wonky locker, the dick football player, the bullied science nerd, etc. I almost fell asleep.

John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is new to Paradise, Ohio. He's secretly an alien from another planet, on the run from otherworldly assassins. He's spent his life on the run from the deadly Mogadorians alongside his protector Henri. (A mercifully talented Timothy Olyphant) His attempts to blend in at his newest home are thwarted when the school bully takes things too far too many times. He also is careless enough to make friends and to fall in love. Of course, this complicates things. (Oh, the angst)

There are at least ten other actors I'd pick for this part before Pettyfer, and that includes Robert Pattinson. (Hey, at least RPattz can hold an American accent for one scene) He's either unconvincing and boring or trying way too hard. Dianna Agron is gorgeous, but underwhelming. Thankfully, both Olyphant and Teresa Palmer are awesome, though under-used. Callan McAuliffe earns a nod as the supporting geeky friend, Sam.

If you can make it to the second half of the film, it's not half bad. But a good movie doesn't make you wait.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: Nothing special here, and certainly nothing that would have added to the narrative by any means.

Becoming Number Six: Showcasing Teresa Palmer's training for her fight and stunt work. We got the chance to talk to the adorable and effervescent Palmer on Joblo's GEEK CHICKS and it was obvious she had a blast doing this movie. She's just as excited and fun in this segment. I dare you to not fall in love with her.

Blooper Reel: Some funny gag clips, fun to watch especially for Olyphant.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Some of the effects are cool, and there are a handful of decent action sequences. However, none of the fun stuff starts until over halfway through the movie. Some of the stunts seem slow and over-rehearsed, as if the actors are just trying to get through the motions. I'm sorry, but having pretty people learn some choreography with some pretty lights doesn't make a movie. The second half of the film is so much more watchable than the first. It earned three stars from me because of the few decent performances (one of them by a beagle) and the fact that they mention the X-files a few times. Hell, Teresa Palmer earned an entire star herself.
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9:25PM on 05/31/2011

Good review

Good review, but the second half really elevated my opinion from 'watchable' to awesome. Really dug this film, and Dianna Agron... DAMN
Good review, but the second half really elevated my opinion from 'watchable' to awesome. Really dug this film, and Dianna Agron... DAMN
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10:02AM on 05/31/2011
totally agree. the first half of the movie is soo slow and boring, nothing but teen drama. The last 20 mins were the only redeeming portion of the film, and thats pretty much all thanks to Teresa Palmer and the dog.
totally agree. the first half of the movie is soo slow and boring, nothing but teen drama. The last 20 mins were the only redeeming portion of the film, and thats pretty much all thanks to Teresa Palmer and the dog.
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