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I AM NUMBER FOUR (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: DJ Caruso

Starring:
Alex Pettyfer
Timothy Olyphant
Teresa Palmer
Dianna Agron
Callan McAuliffe
Kevin Durand
Jake Abel

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
"John Smith" (Alex Pettyfer) is a normal, everyday gorgeous teenager who loves being super cool. His only problem is that he's an alien and the evil aliens have found his other three predecessors and wiped them out. Now they're on earth and looking for him. Can John overcome such odds?
Is it good movie?
I Am Number Four is a completely forgettable teen-with-powers movie that feels familiar and uninspired.

There is most certainly an audience for this movie, but that audience isn't our hardcore horror folks- instead, this is suited for high school kids who loved something like Percy Jackson or the Sorceror's Apprentice. However, even those movies had more action than this.

Number Four feels like an after school special. It's about the poor, misunderstood new kid trying to come of age in today's harsh world. The problem is that he and his  protector (Timothy Olyphant, sleepwalking) move at the drop of a hat because they don't want to be found out when stupid Alex does something wrong. This is what makes me struggle a bit with the film's plot. They move around all the time, but THIS time when they move, John simply cannot control himself. He falls in lust almost immediately, after defying his Dad/Protector and enrolling in school when he shouldn't have.

If they do this all the time, why was this the one time when the alien falls head over heels for the misunderstood shutterbug (played by the always delicious Dianna Agron of Glee fame)? Anyway, the movie goes on like this. John makes friends with the geeky kid who ties into the alien subplot, but has to deal with those big jerk bullies who don't like the new kid. Super, super typical stuff.

And then there's the aliens who are after him, the Mogadorians. They're goofy looking hybrid enemies who look like a cross between Voldemort and the vampires from 30 Days of Night. Sometimes they speak English, sometimes they mumble. They're goofy and mean for the sake of being mean and drive around in a van glaring at people during their downtime. They prove to be a brief threat near the end, but it isn't enough.

I know I'm making this movie sound dreadful, but the truth is that it looks pretty slick and is edited well with great effects that undoubtedly come off well. This doesn't disguise the paper-thin plot, but this still makes Number Four easily digestible if you're forced to watch it.

My final problems with the film are as follows: the movie's relatively unbalanced in terms of action scenes and the final fight is undoubtedly too short (and not to spoil anything, but what was with the giant animal beasts?). Also, the addition of Teresa Palmer's Number 6 character feels tacked on and lame. Finally, everything is just too perfect for me to identify with poor 'John Smith'. He's built, he's gorgeous and he has super powers. Why should I feel for the guy, cause his frosted tips are uneven?
Video / Audio
Video comes to us in 1.85:1 widescreen and looks truly fantastic, crisp and pristine. This is a gorgeous looking 1080p transfer.

Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 DTS-HD, and also impresses. Surround work is good and the dialogue is clear, when things really ramp up the mix doesn't fail.
The Extras
There are about 20 minutes worth of deleted scenes, including one with Sam's lost mother (played by Karen Allen!). Most of the others are forgettable and all can be played with an optional introduction with DJ Caruso.

Becoming Number Six runs about 12 minutes long and deals with Teresa Palmer as she trains to assume the role of the wisecracking alien hunter. Good stuff, a bit on the light side but worth watching.

3 minutes of bloopers round this disc out.

My package also contained a DVD and digital copy of the film.

Last Call
This movie might look cool from time to time but the whole thing barely registers with any substance. It also leaves itself wide open for a sequel, which may not ever see the light of day and makes me wonder when things are going to stop being assumed franchises. There's no doubt that this movie looks cool, but offers little else.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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