I AM NUMBER FOUR. YOU ARE NUMBER SIX. WHO IS NUMBER ONE? I'M NOT A NUMBER, I'M A FREE MAN! @ 2 June 2011 07:07 PM
Baby boomers will get the reference in the title -- couldn't resist it. Ah, if only I Am Number One were even close to the original series, The Prisoner. Alas, it's not to be, but that's not to say that this film is a total loss if you're looking for a date movie or a Saturday afternoon popcorn-cruncher.
In a blend of the displaced but hunky alien of Starman with the telekinetic oomph of the Witch Mountain movies on steroids and the prerequisite serious teenage heaviness of Twilight and certain Life with Archie comics, I Am Number Four strives to launch a series by setting up a teen magazine contender as a haunted yet stalwart hero searching for truth, justice and a lovely young lady. Sound derivative? If you saw Disturbia and Rear Window, the similarity cannot be denied, though Shia LeBeouf's performance often transcends the material in the earlier film helmed by the same director, D.J. Caruso.
Alex Pettyfer will no doubt flutter many a teeny bopper's heart but he tends to speak in a brooding monotone without much facial expression. Understated would be a kind way to describe his performance. He was being directed, so we can't be sure if these were all his choices, since he seems so have more personality in the bloopers.
Teresa Palmer plays the Lara Croft-type super catsuit lady -- a modern-day movie and TV action icon, by the way, that was really created in 1962 by Honor Blackman on TV's The Avengers and perfected by Diana Rigg, who replaced her on the same series in 1965. Dianna Agron is earnest as the object of Pettyfer's affection, but resembles Palmer to the point where you're not sure who's doing what until you sort out the characters (and hear Palmer's Aussie accent).
Best aspects: Timothy Olyphant's standout performance, bringing depth to his character, excellent special effects and some really creepy, easy-to-loathe villains (whose sadistic cruelty makes this a little too strong for younger viewers).
No commentary on the bonus features, but there is a set of bloopers and a short feature focusing on the lovely Ms. Palmer.
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