Monday, February 28, 2011

I AM NUMBER 4-Movie Review

Okay, what can I say but it’s been a sucky movie season and this movie looked like it rocked. In a few words I can sum it up for you, “Don’t believe the hype!”

This is the blurb from
Three are dead. He is Number Four. D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary young man, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him.




Maybe I’m biased because I’ve watched tons of scifi movies, read scifi books, write YA scifi, but dag on, this had so much more potential on the big screen and they literally blew most of it. Not to mention the mediocre acting, lame script, and the unbelievable stupid lines in it all. I groaned and so did my husband up until, the best part….the part that we wished would have been laced throughout the entire movie – the action packed, speed induced fight scene at the end.

The opening part of the movie unveils the mystery who is John Smith, he falls in love with a hometown girl with an addiction to taking pictures that include him. His protector is freaked that she is going to give away is cover and wants to leave. John refuses because hey – he’s fallen in love, and for his kind, they only ever fall in love once. Now I have to admit the guy that played the role is a hottie, but the girl they paired him up with … boring! Why couldn’t he fall in love with the hot, bad, girl that saved his sorry hide? Anyways, we don’t see her until the end when it appears she decides to save his butt in order to save her own. Oh, and the lights in his hands reminds me of ET or the movie Cacoon.

Because the ending more than made up for the dragging of the beginning, I give this movie a 3 brands out of 5 (I use brands because he gets a brand – burn, every time one of his kind dies).


I AM NUMBER FOUR, by BY Lore, Pittacus. I’m naughty bad, the book is sitting on my shelf. I just got it the day before we went to see the movie. I sure hope it’s a lot better than the movie was. It got great reviews, so I’m betting it is. Here’s the link to buy yours- Click.


Kelly Hashway said...

I just read on another blog that this book is one of James Frey's creations, so I have to admit that turned me off. I won't be reading the book or going to see the movie. Although before finding out Frey was behind it, I thought it looked pretty good. I'm actually happy to hear the movie doesn't live up to the hype.

salarsenッ said...

Hmm...interesting, LM. Two of my kids saw it this weekend and loved it. I'm thinking their opinions probably had nothing to do with quality as much as the actors/actresses. LOL

Kim Baccellia said...

We saw it last weekend and yes it wasn't the best movie of this year but it wasn't bad either. Usually I tear apart movies. I've been worse since I've taking writing classes. But I really liked the chemistry between the main actors and Number six. I've been debating on reading the book. Even my ten year old enjoyed this movie.

Catherine Stine said...

This book was actually a product of James Frey's "Fiction Factory", where he hired writers to flesh out his story synopses.
I am a total NON fan of Frey's. He seems mainly in it for the $ and not for the love of writing or the joy of reaching a YA audience.
I bought the book a while back and didn't get past around page 20. Too much canned "Hollywood-ish action" with little heart.
Anyway, read more about this on Logan Turner's awesome blog post. The link:

Maria Zannini said...

I'm avoiding it too because of Frey. Though I heard the book is better than the movie.

LM Preston said...

Oh, I didn't know it was Frey. Now I must admit that the bottom line in publishing is about making $$ if the story isn't good, it's just not good. But if it has merit, we have to appreciate it for what it's worth. Unfortunately, the guy took advantage of writers who did all the hard work for him. Did he pay these people?

Maria Zannini said...

I read there was $500 paid.

But I don't know if that's true.

Jim said...

I loved this movie it’s so interesting and’s filled with lots of adventure and fantasy. This fantastic movie becomes one of my favorite films of all time. The plot is amazing; it is opening with stunning effects and special techniques. Watch or Download Movies & TV Series Online

cleemckenzie said...

And I'll be you used Cliff Notes for that class assignment to read Shakespeare's Hamlet. Tsk. Tsk. LM.
Naughty bad girl. :-)

Bee said...

I saw this movie about a week back and gah..there was zero chemistry between Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron. The sole reason I liked it was Teresa Palmer. And um, Alex Pettyfer's bod.

Deb said...

My sole commentary on the movie was: "That would've been much more awesome as I Am Number Six." I'm stickin' to that, too!