I AM NUMBER FOUR (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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?
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
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
Video / Audio
comes to us in 1.85:1 widescreen
and looks truly fantastic, crisp and pristine. This is a gorgeous
looking 1080p transfer.
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.
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.
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
copy of the film.
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.