Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Am Number Four - DVD Review


Starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Argon, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand and Jake Abel. Directed by D.J. Caruso.

My guess is that the series of books this is based on reads well as a series of books. But some of the young-adult books, when translated to film, only highlight the other stories from where they're deriving.

This movie centers on John Smith, an alien hiding out as a high-schooler. Smith is played by Alex Pettyfer, one of those British models where I don't get why he's suddenly landing these leading man roles. He's not much more than a model here, and his accent's all over the place.

This alien is being chased by other aliens, ones with gills next to their noses, tattoes on their heads, and sharp teeth. Smith's guardian (Timothy Olyphant) tries to keep him safe, but there's only so much he can do. Smith eventually learns he has special powers, like super-strength and flashlights in his palms.

Not really sure why Olyphant agreed to this, but he's the best thing in the movie, getting his Obi-Wan Kenobi on. Otherwise it's already leaving my memory banks at a rapid pace.

P.S. I get the need for product placement in movies, but when the movie starts to feel like a commercial for the iPhone, I check out. One close-up is fine, but every time his iPhone rings, do we have to get a close-up of it ringing in his hand, directly facing the camera so we can admire the product in all its glory?

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