Monday, February 21, 2011
Giveaway: I Am Number Four
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Michael Bay blockbusters (excluding the atrocious Tranformers 2, oh and Pearl Harbor), so it's no surprise that I had some mindless fun with his latest producorial effort: I Am Number Four. Directed by D.J Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia - let these titles act as another barometer for you), and based on the young adult novel by Pittacus Lore (the pen name of writing duo James Frey and Jobie Hughes), I Am Number Four is a glossy hodgepodge of hero journey fables and high school angst. Think Superman in a post-Twilight era.
So while the film is utterly derivative, it's fun, well paced popcorn fare. Alex Pettyfer is suitably square jawed for a Brit, and his understated style is also reminiscent of a young Ryan Phillipe. Aussies Teresa Palmer and particularly Callan McAuliffe hold their own on screen against the Glee-glow of Dianna Agron, but the real genius piece of casting is Timothy Olyphant as the token adult/father figure/comic relief. Good old Olyphant shows the young 'uns how it's done.
Here's the official synopsis:
Three are dead. Who is Number Four? DJ 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.
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