I am number Four (2011)
Extraordinary teen John Smith is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love, powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
Alex Pettyfer : John Smith
Timothy Olyphant : Henri
Teresa Palmer : Number 6
Diana Agron : Sarah Hart
“Grease in space”
I started watching this without any prior knowledge. Ultimately, it’s not that special, but also not that terribly bad. It’s obvious the makers played it safe. It’s ultimately a mix of a high-school teen movie and a softcore SF. The high school section contains all the cliche ingredients: the jock (quarterback, of course), a cheerleader, a nerd who’s constantly harassed by the hunks of the school, the newcomer John who’s not bad looking but is seen as if he’s an alien (what a coincidence). Off course John will defend the nerd and is immediatly attracted to the cheerleader at first glance (melt, sigh, swoon …). How obvious. You can feel a romantic love relationship coming up. So the main and largest target group, the giggling teenage girls, is satisfied now.
Apparently this movie is an interpretation of a book. For me a decent adaptation is one you still can understand despite you haven’t read the book and eventually you know what it is about. However, this adaptation leaves many unanswered questions: what is that damn box, why should they be eliminated in that order, what is the meaning of the necklaces…
Sheriff James: “Who the hell are they?”
Mark James: “Big-ass linebackers?”
The ending of the movie was fairly successful done in terms of effects and action. Even the swollen dog that had to fight against the bat-like hell houndin the showers, was quite enjoyable. Conclusion: A simple teenager feelgood movie with a portion SF action.