AccessReel Reviews – I Am Number Four

AccessReel Reviews – I Am Number Four

Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who 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 (Timothy Olyphant), 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 (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

I was already quite the fan of this film before I even got to see it, I really enjoyed the trailers, the story was great and the cast itself is up there as well. We have a relative upcoming young actor Alex Pettyfer who we have seen in such films as “Wild Child” and “Tormented”. Pettyfer was also due to be in a film coming out soon called “Beastly” opposite Vanessa Hudgen’s but for some reason that film got pulled from Australian Release. Diana Agron from TV’s ‘Glee’, Timothy Olyphant(Hitman), Australian Teresea Palmer(The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Kevin Durand who we saw not too long ago in “Legion” and “Robin Hood”.

I liked the story, but if you really think about it there are other films out there with pretty much exactly the same storylines.. “Jumper” anyone? But even still it didn’t deter me one bit. The performances from all the main cast are fantastic, the music is amazing and it also has some of the best CGI effects I have seen in some time. The only real downfall to this movie is that the first 40ish minutes was pretty boring and drawn out..Once the ‘action’ started and the character development stopped to me that’s when the film actually started, but you can see what the studio is trying to do, they are attempting to develop a franchise and this film was really the establishing point for the next film.  In regards to the characters themselves, the Mogadorian’s in which Kevin Durand played there leader were somewhat funny at times instead of the menacing beasts they should have been, I sort of think maybe the director watched a little bit too much ’30 Days of Night’ as they are far too similar.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is one of those films that the whole family will enjoy its full of action, drama and even a hint of comedy! I really do hope we get to see more of ‘Number Four’ Dreamworks may have just given birth to their own franchise.

I AM NUMBER FOUR is in cinemas from the 24th February and I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars