Saturday, February 5, 2011
I am Number Four
I knew nothing about "I am Number Four", but did a little research to find that it is based on a young adult novel that apparently is a big hit. This is the adaptation of the first of a six book series with the next volume coming in August 2011 title "the Power of Six". Knowing that the story is part of a series helps, but having read the book is not necessary. They do an average job of character development, but you have to be willing to accept the story for what it is worth. If you try to over analyze the characters then you will be upset. Remember that this is a movie for teenagers and not for adults in their 30's or 40's. It is a decent popcorn flick and has some young actors that we can expect to see a lot from in the coming years.
The ending of the book provides a good summary and sets up the series at the same time. "They caught Number One in Malaysia; Number Two in England; And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio and failed.
I am Number Seven; One of six still alive, And I'm ready to fight."
The title character is portrayed by Alex Pettyfer who is the teen heart throb that will be getting the attention of the girls if they every forget about the Bieber. The eye candy for #4 in the movie is Dianne Agron who is best known for the TV show "Glee". To complete the rest of the team there is Teresa Palmer as #6 and Callan McAuliffe as Sam. I haven't heard of any of these kids before, so I wasn't expecting much "acting" and you shouldn't either. This isn't a movie you go to for the acting, it is the special effects.
The action in the final 20 minutes moves fast, but it often leaves one wondering "what just happened". Michael Bay produces and you know it is going to be at least half decent. DJ Caruso is the director and he should be back for the sequel once it gets announced.
The movie is worth waiting for and earns 2 Quacks. I didn't stay through the credits, so if someone does go see this movie please Quack back with what they do after the credits.
(screening 2/17/11, release date 2/18/11, location AMC Tyson's Corner 16)