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I Am Number Four

September 26, 2011
I Am Number Four the BluRay movie

I Am Number Four [Blu-ray]

I Am Number Four [Blu-ray]

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I Am Number Four [Blu-ray]

Rating on September 26

Rating: 3.5 (184 customer reviewers)

Price : $14.25
I Am Number Four [Blu-ray]

Special Features

DVD (I Am Number Four)

  • Becoming Number 6
  • Bloopers

1-Disc BD & 3-Disc BD Combo Pack (includes all DVD bonus PLUS)

-6 Deleted Scenes, with introductions by Director D.J. Caruso

  • Extended Strangers in Paradise
  • Sam’s Mom
  • Worth Mentioning
  • Power Prank
  • Trying to Connect
  • Extended Warsaw Basement

Product Description of I Am Number Four [Blu-ray]

Three are dead. Who is Number four? From Director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and the Emmy-winning writers of TV’s Smallville, comes this gripping, action-packed thriller. John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him. Living with his guardian (Timothy Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected life-changing events – his first love (Dianna Agron, TV’s Glee), powerful new abilities and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Complete with deleted scenes and more, I Am Number Four is an explosive suspense-filled ride that will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond.

The most successful entries in the Young Adult fantasy genre cannily cater to their target audience’s growing pains, allowing the adolescent consumers to feel better about their own inner fears and doubts while watching an initially awkward protagonist discover their secret powers hidden within. The potential franchise launcher I Am Number Four, however, chooses to introduce its golden-maned, fiercely six-packed hero while he’s doing a totally rad Jet Ski stunt in front of a beachful of bikinied admirers. (This is a Michael Bay production.) Based on the bestselling YA novel pseudonymously cowritten by James Frey (of A Million Little Pieces fame), the plot follows a super-powered exile from another world (Alex Pettyfer) attempting to uncover the secrets of his heritage while staying under the radar of the authorities. After arriving in a small Midwest town and hitting it off with a gorgeous, nonconformist classmate (Dianna Agron), he must make a stand against a gaggle of alien bounty hunters bent on wiping out him and his fellow eight exiles in numerical order. Director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is a more-than-competent craftsman, but he can’t do much with the film’s soggy middle section, which veers away from appealing teenage angst and perilously close to whiny entitlement. (The casting of the superbly no-nonsense Timothy Olyphant as Pettyfer’s Yoda-ish instructor does help matters considerably.) Things do pick up in the final act, particularly with the introduction of some giant dinosaur/flying squirrel beasties, but it remains to be seen if the majority of viewers will be able to find a vicarious entry point within the frustratingly seamless perfection of the main character. Great hair, zero zits, the attention of the most beautiful girl in school, and way cool telekinetic flashlight hands? Pick a side, folks. –Andrew Wright

Review of I Am Number Four [Blu-ray]

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201 of 244 people found the following review helpful.

3Unoriginal and Entertaining! A Perfect Date Movie

By Russ Nickel

This is the entertainment business, and you know, they try, but probably the most entertaining thing about this movie was how it came to be. There are a lot of great films based on books, and even more great books deserving film adaptations, but rather than take a literary success and bring it to the big screen, Dreamworks decided to buy the rights to, of all things, I Am Number Four. Oh yeah, and they purchased them a year before it was even published! All because James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, decided to start a fiction franchise that pumps out books and movies that could be marketed to teens.

But hey, why not? It was bound to be a success. A young man escapes a planet just as it’s being destroyed, ending up in a quaint town in Kansas Ohio where he attempts to live a normal life, only to find that he possesses superpowers, which really throw a kink in his small-town romance. That exact story has already worked out once — why not a second time? All you need to do is get the creators of Smallville to write the script, toss in some beautiful people and a few Michael Bay explosions, and you’ve got yourself a hit.

I Am Number Four opens on a scene of said beautiful people partying at the beach. Our hero, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), is having a blast with all his buddies, and even gets invited to a sexy swim with the school hottie, where she delivers such lovely dialogue as “The big dipper. It’s my favorite.” I doubt she could even name another constellation, but that’s neither here nor there, because suddenly a scar on John’s leg emits a blinding light, signaling that Number Three is dead. For some reason that may or may not be explained in the book but certainly isn’t in the movie, the survivors of planet Lorien can only be killed in order, so it’s time for Number Four to go on the run. He and his protector, Henri (Timothy Olyphant, whose last name always reminds me of Lord of the Rings), burn all their belongings and hit the road, but an eeeeevil gecko sneaks onto their truck.

Their flight leads them to Paradise, Ohio, where the gecko turns into a cute puppy…of DEATH! At least, that’s what I kept expecting. But when the puppy passed up numerous opportunities to transform into a horrible monster and slay everyone, I ended up just being pretty confused about why they built up so much suspense.

Puppies aren’t the only danger in Paradise, however. There’s also Sarah (Dianna Agron), the school sweetheart. There’s an alliterative joke in there somewhere. Something like “dogs are dangerous, but nothing can match the peril of the…” I don’t know, some word for cat.

Anyway, Sarah is an irresistible cliché, the blonde who dated the quarterback of the football team until she picked up photography, thus gaining a lens into the soul and learning the true meaning of love. At least the quarterback is original, except for the fact that he beats up science nerds and can’t understand why Sarah doesn’t want him and hates John for moving in on his territory. And the science nerd isn’t just a science nerd. He happens to have a dad who was totally abducted by aliens so he’s obsessed with rooting out all extraterrestrials at the school. All this is nothing at all like Smallville, because in that show, the blonde photographer is the same person who wants to root out the mystery behind the alien occurrences, and a different character is the love interest.

I feel bad bashing this formula so much, because I have to admit, the characters really were hot, which is what really matters. Dianna Agron of Glee fame is a girl next door of no compare, and Alex Pettyfer is, undeniably, a beautiful piece of man. I mean, in his next movie, he literally plays a guy whose main character trait is that he’s really really ridiculously good looking. Based on that alone, I figured I’d be able to enjoy their romance, but man, was I wrong. This was supposed to be a superhero movie, darn it, and we end up sitting through more than an hour of plodding romance with no action whatsoever. And it’s not good romance either. It’s just like Twilight: all meaningful looks, lip biting, and a thirst for blood.

Maybe not the last one so much, but when this movie wasn’t Smallville, it really was Twilight. The main guy has a secret that makes him an outsider at the school, but a beautiful girl is intrigued by his mystery and they fall for each other. And Loriens, unlike humans, only fall in love once and it lasts. Isn’t it romantic? Blehck. Males everywhere will squirm in their seats. On the other hand, it’s a perfect date movie. The guys will be excited to go, the girls will acquiesce, and then the girls will be so pleasantly surprised by the fact that the guy took them to a chick flick that they’re sure to sleep with them. Except studies show that scary movies are much more likely to get you laid, so oh well.

Although the whole first hour had me teetering on the edge of boredom, what’s scary is how much I actually ended up liking the movie, because, you see, the last 20 minutes kick so much ass! The action sequence is the only place you feel like Michael Bay was attached to this, and it shows. Number Six (Teresa Palmer) arrives, and she’s this hot, sarcastic Aussie girl with wavy blonde hair who can kill the evil Mogadorians like nobody’s business and deliver one-liners right after. She slides on her knees, hamstringing baddies while Number Four deflects plasma gun blasts with his hands, shooting them back at his foes. Six can turn invisible and teleport and generate a fire shield and all this sick stuff. Which brings up the question, why is John’s main superpower the ability to turn his hands into flashlights? I mean, like, I guess that would be sort of useful, but I’d way rather be able to turn invisible. The movie has to find all these excuses to have the battles take place in dark places so that John’s power is useful, and it’s amusing to see how often they work it in.

Number Six was so cool that she saved the movie.The fact that she arrived at the end meant that I left feeling super stoked, which colored my whole experience with such a positive light that I couldn’t help but enjoy myself. I don’t know why she wasn’t in the movie the entire time. Having someone fun and sarcastic was exactly what the plot needed to keep it from taking itself, and the romance, way too seriously.

So, way too much slow, clumsy romance (and don’t get me wrong. I love Titanic and The Notebook), and not nearly enough action, but the premise is good enough (even if it’s stolen straight from Superman), and when the fighting actually starts, it’s awesome (explosions, fireballs, plasma guns, giant winged monsters). If they made a sequel, I would definitely see it. Therefore, I give I Am Number Four:

3/5 Stars

Why did John decide to reveal himself to so many people in Paradise? The film made it look like he’d had a ton of close friends at his old school, but the second they found out about him, he fled. Within days of moving to Ohio, he was willing to confide in all sorts of people. Seems pretty fickle for a Lorien who’s supposed to bond forever, but maybe that same fickleness will mean that Number Six is a love interest later. Who wouldn’t pick Number Six over Sarah? Honestly.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful.

5Great mindless entertainment when you just want to unwind in front of the tv

By M. Espinoza

I hesitated renting it online when I saw that the initial review were horrible, but I rolled the dice and am glad I watched it. It’s not an Oscar-winning performance, and certainly not going to inspire deep, intellectual conversation afterwards….but if you’re looking for something entertaining to watch just for fun– then you’ll love this movie.

Great action sequences towards the end, semi-intriguing story, you can answer your text messages and microwave some popcorn without losing track of what’s going on on-screen. Unless you’re in a film-snobbish mood, this is well worth getting.

42 of 51 people found the following review helpful.

3Better than a lot of #2 I’ve seen lately

By Jason

Out of 9 Loriens on Earth, there are only 6 survivors. When the alien hunters known as Mogadorians kill the third survivor – killings are sequential – the fourth Lorien knows it’s time to put on his track shows. Sounds good, right? Well wait until the YA source material kicks in.

Number 4 is “John Smith” (Alex Pettyfer) a kid whose appearance was perfect for casting purposes, but moronic for plot purposes. You see, John wants to fit in, to blend, to hide in the shadows. Despite his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant, who gets far too little screen time) possessing some serious powers and better computer hacking skills than those in Napoleon Dynamite’s dreams, John is nonetheless going to stand out since he’s the prototype for every “big man on campus” since the 1950s. In their new location, John goes to school and immediately bonds with Sarah (Dianna Agron), the clichéd social outcast who is far too beautiful to actually be a social outcast in any school known to humanity. The two soon spend time together admiring Sarah’s photography, John’s ability to throw a pigskin a quarter mile, each others’ attractiveness. The Twilight formula ensues: staring contests, inane dialogue, more staring. Then the Mogadorians show up to kill John.

We don’t really know WHY they want to kill John, or why they’re going in order. Maybe it’s some sort of celestial Hatfield vs. McCoy thing? We also don’t know what’s up with the one-by-one approach to the murders. Maybe they’re following some interstellar Lorien phone book like Arnold in Terminator? Maybe this is just a poorly done YA version of the Predator series? And that’s probably the biggest flaw of this movie. Too many loose ends. There are several more that I haven’t mentioned. Nearly nothing is revealed about the feud, the extermination, the history. Do they live next to Alf or Klingons? Do they have special powers on their home planet like they do on Earth?

The aspect I quite enjoyed was the combined special effects and action. There were clear, crisp renditions in which the scene could be realized, absorbed, and appreciated. The fighting scenes, with or without magic, were well choreographed and fully developed. Special powers are appropriately extraordinary, with lasers and lights popping up with vibrancy and power from just about every orifice. Even when John’s “dog” gets in on the action it’s exciting and filmed from appropriate angles and speeds. Take note special effects coordinators and cameramen; the shaky-cam is not necessary. In fact, we’re sick of it.

Since the source material was originally for doe-eyed, hormonally imbalanced 14 year-olds, you can guess where this film ends up. Rest assured, goodness and justice prevails, with hints of future righting of the universe’s problems. I guess the intended audience would be perpetually distracted by the cast’s dreaminess, which is fine for this type of movie. The subplots were too underdeveloped for me, however. Decent popcorn movie for date night.


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