Movie Review: I am Number Four based on the book series Lorien Legacies
Details: The book came out in 2010 and the movie was already well on its way to the theaters coming out in Feb. 2011.
The movie seemed to follow along with the book’s storyline about nine teenage aliens sent to earth all having a guardian to help protect them. All nine have individual powers aka legacies, but a group of bad mamba-jamba aliens aka Mogadorians are trying to kill them all succeeding in the death of three. Here we meet John Smith, played by Alex Pettyfer he literally feels the sting of three’s death and from there his guardian, Henri played by Timothy Olyphant whisks him away to the beautiful town of Paradise, Ohio.
John meets Sarah Hart played by the beautiful glee princess Dianna Agron, she doesn’t fellow the crowd, and Sarah becomes his ONE. The terrible jock chases them, high school is hard, and then it gets worse as the bad mamba-jambas I spoke of earlier find John and start missing up his wonderfully made up life.
In the end we meet the awesom number six and the powers that be leave it wide open for a sequel or prequel whatever they decide.
Review: First mistake is coming out with a movie so quickly; they should have taken a bit more time to gather a larger tween following.
It was a profitable film, but it could have been better. The plot was interesting and I did feel compassion for all characters involved, but the Mogadorians looked and at times acted a bit hooky. Alex Pettyfer has the Keanu Reeve’s syndrome (acts the same in every movie, but will always get leads because he is so wonderful to look at) and the character is very compelling, so I liked John Smith a lot, although as a Clevelander it was shamefully he didn’t automatically know Bernie Kosar.
All the actors in general played the parts well and the story is wonderful, new science fiction at its best. I walked out of the room feeling as if I wanted more, so I believe you’ll like it too! I do hope they make a sequel and Alex Pettyfer reprises his roll as John Smith, because I would like to look at him again. The authors of I am Number Four, James Frey and Jobie Hughes split up, so the popular series may have seen it’s one and only movie.
Please look for the other books in the series if you need your fill, I certainly will be.