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In the growing trend of books popular with young people being translated to the big screen, I Am Number Four, the first from the intended six-book series, is available on DVD and Blu-ray on July 6.
15-year-old John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is one of nine uniquely gifted survivors on earth after his home planet was taken over by creatures call Mogodorians. Three have been killed – he is number four. His protector is Henri (Timothy Olyphant) and they’re constantly on the move using several aliases.
They then settle in a small town called Paradise and John attends the local high school. He befriends conspiracy nerd Sam (Callan McAuliffe) and shares a mutual attraction with Sarah (Glee’s Dianna Argon). Being tormented by her football-star ex-boyfriend Mark (Jake Abel) leads John into danger and the development of his powers.
Produced by Michael Bay, this is a B-grade sci-fi action movie for teenagers that I found enjoyable. It is silly, but because the actors take their roles seriously, I was on their side and they bring enough charm and humour. Alex Pettyfer is undeniably handsome and his American accent is convincing.
Timothy Olyphant is impressive and that’s because his character has more sense than anyone in the movie. Dianna Argon is gorgeous to watch and the Aussie actor Callan McAuliffe makes a likeable high school nerd. They’re all talented.
The alien subplot involving John’s glowing hands and the other surviving Numbers is intriguing but underdeveloped. It tends to rush because the movie seems is more invested in the love story. I was intrigued by this other world and I wanted to learn more. The ending is left open for a sequel and I’m excited to see where it goes.
While the love story is cliché obvious, there are plenty of surprising elements involving a dog and some occurring supporting characters. The special effects are irresistibly fun and makes up for the camp of the bad guys. The climatic battle at the end which is set in the high school is a shocking and monstrous display of special effects, monsters, blood, destruction, and awesome action.
The DVD comes available with bloopers and a short feature on Aussie actress Teresa Palmer, who plays the hot but tough warrior Number 6. We get a good behind-the-scenes look at the physical training and fight rehearsals she underwent and her personal experience on acting against special effects. This should interest young Aussies who dream about making it into Hollywood.
I Am Number Four might be junk, but I got into the spirit of it more than I did with Twilight.
That is what our reviewer, Richard, thought, now it’s your turn to have your say! We have two I Am Number Four packs to give away, each containing a Blu-ray Value Pack of the film which contains both a DVD and Blu-ray (RRP $49.95), as well as a copy of the book I Am Number Four (RRP $19.95).
For your chance to win comment below answering the following question – “If you have seen I Am Number Four what did you think, and if you haven’t, what makes you want to see it?”
A few T&Cs: Please include your email address so we can contact you if you are the winner. Australian residents only. Competition expires midnight, 5th August 2011 AEST. Prize not transferable and judges decision is final.