The Movie: 7/10
I had a great time with this movie. The story is new to me and that’s something to be excited about. It’s based on a book, however I don’t read much, so there ya go. I Am Number Four is a tale of growing up, not a new concept of course, but it’s got a slightly hidden edge, which gives it that thing that makes me just sit quietly and gobble it up scene after scene. It’s not edgy in a way that’s stylish or gritty, and it’s about 27.8% candy coated, which is an interesting combination. 🙂
The characters are written to be more dynamic than unique, but that’s OK. I always want to care just a bit about each person living in the movie’s world, and that happened for me right away. I was along for the ride pretty much right away, wanting to know what would happen to each character…well…not so much Olephant, whatever. The performances were all not great, but solid and convincing in the context of this story. They are sketches of types of young people with their own twists, so they have a lot of information to deliver to our stereotypically trained minds.
The special effects stand up to a lot of bigger flicks out there. They aren’t perfect, but with some very new-to-me images and creatures my eyes were happy. My brain didn’t do much nit picking, you know why? I think sometimes when you just decide that a movie is fun, entertaining, and for me has some cool new eye toys to play with, well, it’s like my mind just goes along for the ride. No need to criticize every imperfection. I could say it’s got some predictablity, some of the acting is kind of TV-ish, but I really don’t care to be honest. I had a great time.
An alien teenager, an outcast, a young woman with a camera and a beret, bullies who are portrayed as assholes, ancient-type vibe with some of the creatures and mythology, ballsy portrayal of unbelievable technology, AWESOME BAD GUYS, over the top pop music soundtrack, it’s just a good way to spend a weekend afternoon.
- Deleted Scenes – There is one major deleted scene!!! Marion!!! THE MARION from Indiana Jones got cut from this movie for some bullshit reason by the director…get a clue dude.
- Becoming Number Six – This is a pretty good extra following the young lady why plays Number Six, her training and working at being such a physical force to be reckoned with in the movie.
- Bloopers – Giggling, chuckling, laughing, flubbing lines…this is bloopers.
- Digital Copy & DVD – Copies.
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I would not have this cover as a poster. Why? I know you want to ask. Well, it’s shitty. So boring to put the faces of the stars of action movies, or any movies, it’s just mind numbingly unstimulating. This movie, this story, has so much potential for visual goodness, and yet none of it was utilized for this cover art, or for the menus for that matter.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Again Disney deliver a stunning HD transfer (1080P AVC) with the Blu-Ray edition of I Am Number Four. With crystal clear closeups and stunning special effects which actually hold up under HD scrutiny unlike other blockbuster flicks. If I had any complaint about the transfer I would say some of the night time scenes are a little too dark, but that might be intentional and one of the reasons the special effects look so nice.
The soundtrack to this movie delivers awesome popular music with slam bang action and explosions, the perfect summertime movie soundtrack. The DTS-HD Master Audio track really delivers with some otherworldly sounds in the end sequences. The scene with Number Six and the exploding beach hut all set to Adele’s superb “Rolling In The Deep” really is a showcase for the discs sound design. Overall if you were a fan of Four in the theater earlier this year you won’t be disappointed with the Blu-Ray presentation.
Buying movies is slowing slipping from my life list of desires. I can’t help it, $20,00 or more just seems like a misuse of household funds. I just can’t find new reasons to stockpile boxes with discs with movie’s that I will probably not ever watch again. I have a few that mean more to me for whatever reasons, but beyond that it will take a lot more to get me to purchase current and future titles. I really did enjoy I Am Number Four, however, it does not need to be slid onto the movie shelf of my house for many years to come. I highly recommend it for fun and something new. The extras are not enough to make it a long term commitment of watching and entertainment to stretch the value. Rent it, watch it on Netflix, or buy your digital version that can be packed away on a harddrive somewhere.
Overall Score 6.5/10