A few weeks ago my son, aged 16, and I went to a screening of the film ‘I am number 4’ from DreamWorks Pictures. Directed by D.J. Caruso, it features Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe and Kevin Durand.
This science fiction is thriller based on the first of a series of books ‘The Lorien Legacies’ by Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes) about a young man John Smith, played by Alex Pettyfer (aka Alex Rider) who has been on the run for most of his life after escaping from his planet that has been virtually eradicated by the Mogadorian Army. John moves to a new town with his guardian, or protector, played by Timothy Olyphant and falls for beautiful Sarah, played by Dianna Agron (better known as Quinn from the TV series Glee). When John is forced to run again from a place he now calls home he decides to fight back for his planet Lorien. There are just nine children that made it to Earth with their guardians, unfortunately three have already been killed and being number four, John is next.
We are treated to spectacular special effects as John discovers he has legacies, or special powers, and battles with the very scary Mogadorians and their equally terrifying creatures. I found his character believable but his relationship with Sarah slightly dull. I thought the stars of the film were Henri, John’s guardian, and Sam, played by Callan McAuliffe, a geek obsessed with alien invasions and befriended by John. There is romance, teenage issues, adventure, some humour and thrills.
The first two thirds of the film were spent getting to know the characters and understanding the story behind the flee from Lorien. In the last third we were treated to an entrance from Number Six (Teresa Palmer), a Lara Croft-esque character who brought sexiness to the film along with even more action and special effects.
The film will appeal to all teens for the eye candy effect but the action will keep them hooked too. It makes a refreshing change to experience an alien invasion rather than vampires. The Mogadorians are evil, threatening and intimidating creatures. There was no holding back in their gruesome torture and killing which is why this film really is better left for the teens, it could give smaller children nightmares, I was jumping in my seat a few times.
I was disappointed when the film ended, I wanted to know more. I could see this becoming a brilliant television series but I hope they let us know what happens next, I will be very surprised if there isn’t a sequel to the film.
This film isn’t the best film I’ve ever watched but it is very good and also very entertaining and I would happily watch it again and so would my son. It opens in the cinemas in the UK on 23rd February 2011.
Here is a trailer of the film
Head over to the ‘I am number 4’ Facebook page where there is a competition running to win fabulous prizes including an iPad.
We award ‘I am number 4’ four out of five cupcakes