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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Movie Review: I Am Number Four

Tonight we (Amy, me and 10 other girls) went to see I Am Number Four.  I have to say, after reading the book, and the whole James Frey stuff, and not to mention the fact that hollywood doesn't seem able to turn a book into a movie without making it cheese-o-rific, I didn't have high expectations for this one.  However.....I have to was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!  

I loved it!  And every single one of the ladies that was with it loved it!  I mean, sure, it's not going to go down in history as an award-winning classic, but it really was SO good!  A couple of the ladies we went with, didn't really even want to see it, because it's "just not their kind of movie," but even they loved it.

Synopsis (from
A teenage fugitive with an incredible secret races to stay one step ahead of the mysterious forces seeking to track and destroy him in this sci-fi action thriller from director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye). With three dead and one on the run, the race to find the elusive Number Four begins. Outwardly normal teen John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) never gets too comfortable in the same identity, and along with his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), he is constantly moving from town to town -- the perpetual new kid in a series of strangely familiar schools. Despite the fact that his nomadic lifestyle has made it difficult to form meaningful connections, John experiences the joy of first love with a beautiful young woman (Dianna Agron) and begins to unlock his full potential after arriving with Henri in a small Ohio town. With each passing day, John gains a stronger grasp on his extraordinary new powers, and his bond to the beings that share his fantastic fate grows stronger. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The things I loved about this movie:

  • The action
    • This movie was LOADED with fight scenes and special effects.  And they weren't the overly cheesy-Edward-carrying-Bella-on-his-back-up-a-tree effects.  
    • The girl, number 6 (not the girlfriend), was absolutely kick-butt!  She was fantastic to watch!  Amy and I are fighting over who gets to be her when we grow up.  She was just spectacular!  I can't wait to see more of her in the next movies (if they make them)
    • The Legacies (super powers) were so well done.  They didn't exactly correspond to the book, but honestly, I didn't really care.  Again, not at all cheesy.  
  • The acting
    • Ok, I have to say, even after all my Alex Pettyfer talk, I really was worried about the boy's acting ability.  But I worry no more.  He was so perfect for this part.  He did a fantastic job, and he's just oh so pretty!
    • Sarah was also cast perfectly, in my opinion.  I think (in the book) she comes off a little too perfect, but I didn't feel that way about her in the movie.  I just really liked her.  
    • Henri.  Can I just say, while I was swooning over Alex, Amy was swooning over Timothy Olyphant.  He added a depth to the character that I thought was really lacking in the book.  He was just so likable and actually really rather clever and funny.  I loved the back-and-forth between Henri and John (#4), it was just sweet!
    • The bad guys!  They were actually kind of humorous!  They didn't look at all like how I pictured them from the book, but they were pretty creepy looking.  I thought there were a few slightly corny moments with them, but mostly I thought they were great.  And the movie definitely lends itself to some jump-out-of-your-seat-and-spill-your-drink moments.
  •  The story
    • I really enjoyed the storyline in this movie.  I did think that they could've explained the Lorians home planet a little more, and there was no mention of Pittacus Lore at all, but mostly I thought they did a great job.  Even though I was the only one there who had read the book, none of the other ladies had a difficult time understanding what was going on.  
      • They did change a couple of things that I wasn't crazy about, but mostly I was happy with it.
    • This book is part of a series, so I really hope that they continue this movie series along with the book.  I'm not sure how they would do it, though, since Alex will be getting older and older, and the books aren't even written yet.  They definitely ended the movie on a cliffhanger, as they did the book.  But I hope this isn't like Eragon or something, where they just leave it.
  • Bernie Kosar
    • Bernie Kosar deserves his own spot!  As in the book, I just LOVED Bernie Kosar!!  He absolutely stole the show!  
Overall, I was just really impressed with how well they made this movie.  I liked it so much better than the book!  Even while I was reading the book, I was thinking, This book is ok, but it would make a really good movie, and it did!  It made a REALLY good movie!

If you haven't read I Am Number Four, you can check out my review here.  If you go see it, let me know what you thought!


  1. I read the book in January and I loved it! I can't wait to go and see the movie its not out here till next week in the UK and am reali excited to see it :)

  2. I LOVED the movie! I've seen it twice already, haha. I agree that it would've been nice to see the history of Lorian to get a better feel for what was happening. Alex and Dianna's acting is great, and I loved Sam. Thought he was perfectly cast as well. And Bernie Kosar and Number Six? Yeah. They're made of awesome.

  3. I'm going to watch it tomorrow!!!!
    Alex Pettyfer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm so glad you liked it!!!! It means I'll like it too!!!!

  4. SUCH A GOOD MOVIE! Haha my sister and I were doing the same thing over Number 6. Then we were like "well if you want to be Number 6 you don't get Alex....." So yeah at that point it was a toss up. XD I especially loved Bernie Kosar! I mean he's just so stinkin cute. All the acting was really well done too. I have seen Alex in the Stormbreaker movie so I already knew he could act so it was Dianna Agron who surprised me! I mean I like her in Glee but I didn't know if she would be able to break away from that image to play something else. And she totally did! Oh and I loved Sam too. Callan McAuliffe is adorable. Haha. Overall just a really awesome movie. :)

  5. Thanks for the review Andye. I haven't read the book and my husband wanted to go see it today so I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it (the old book vs. movie thing). I'm glad to hear it can work for someone who hasn't read the books too. :)

  6. I'm glad to hear this was a good movie! I really liked the book, so now I'm even more excited to see it! :)

  7. Just finished the book yesterday and saw the movie today. Overall the book was better but they did a good job with the movie. About 50% of the book was in the movie. The one thing that drove me crazy was that the book has Henri (French spelling) with a Lorian accent which humans think is French and they kept calling him Henry (American pronunciation). I'm a purist on that. In my mind his name was Henri pronounced like the French say it. Bernie Kosar was cool. On the whole they didn't get too far off on the movie unlike The Good German (but that's another posting.)

  8. All- if you've seen it, I'm so glad you liked it too!! If you haven't seen it, GO SEE IT as soon as you can!! I want to go see it again!

    EEK, Livia, I hope you love it!!! Alex is SOOOOOO cute!!!

    She- You're so right about Henri's name!! I guess they thought it wasn't crucial to the story, and would be too hard to explain why he had a weird accent. I dunno. All I know is that if Henri had a french-ish accent, Amy would have probably up and left her husband, so it's probably a good thing they changed it! haha

  9. I was so surprised how good this actually ended up being.
    I saw it thursday and want to go see it again already ;p
    And Alex Prettyface is actually a good actor! Hallelujah!
    Good looks and good acting skills. Woohoo!

  10. Great review! I'll have to check out the movie!

  11. I definitely want to check this movie out! I did enjoy the book.


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