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I Am Number Four

June 8, 2011
Hello all. Mark here. I love pretentious movies. Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson and Terrence Malick…I dig them all. However, sometimes I need good brainless fun. I was a little skeptical about the film at first because Michael Bay’s name was on the poster (makes my stomach churn). But, I really enjoyed this film. My girlfriend and I had a blast watching it. Take out your brain, don’t be pretentious for two hours and enjoy the action and Olyphant.
By:  Megan Arnall
I am going to start by admitting that this is not one of the greatest teen sci-fi action flicks ever made, however, it is really fun and hard to dislike.  I don’t know if it is Timothy Olyphant, the bad guys who are bad just for the heck of being bad, a really adorable pup that makes irresistible sad faces, or Dianna Agron as a budding photographer, but I liked it.  I’m not going to summarize the movie for you, you can find that stuff on Wikipedia or IMDB…  Instead I’l give you a list of my favorite elements from FOUR in an attempt to entice into watching this movie 🙂
Why I liked this movie:
  • The Bad Guys-They aren’t especially scary looking, more gross if you ask me, but they are just downright bad.  Apparently their motive is just to kill everything on a planet (even following alien kids to other planets to finish the job) and then move on, just for the heck of it.  They don’t seem to be out for power, fame or wealth; just pure mayhem and murder.  I like this idea, it’s simple and makes them more formidable, it’s not like the protagonists can work an angle on them to overcome. They have really creepy teeth, gross gilled noses, they act silly in public (because honestly they could care less about Earthlings for the time being) and they have big trailer with who-knows-what inside.  They just have to be neutralized, end of story.
  • Dianna Agron as a normal girl- I admit it, I watch Glee.  However, I’m not a big fan of her character Quinn on that show, see Mark’s thoughts on Carey Mulligan’s ‘acting’ here for an example of how I feel. In this movie, I like her, she is portraying a normal high schooler and doing a cute job at it.  On a personal note, I have to say that I appreciate her love of photography and vintage cameras, the girl has good taste!
  • Timothy Olyphant- He is funny and believable without overacting, in everything he doesWatch Justified, The Crazies, Damages and A Perfect Getaway. Enough Said.
  • The final battle scene– It’s pretty cool, they destroy an entire HS football field. The special effects actually look really good too (which makes sense because they were edited by Industrial Light & Magic…cough cough STAR WARS). Watch it.
  • Bernie Kosar-the puppy, not the football player.  Watch for a scene where this dog comes limping up a grassy hill with one paw raised and a very pathetic look on its face…just try tell me you didn’t melt 🙂
What you might now know: I Am Number Four was originally a book by Pittacus Lore (actually a pseudonym for two guys James Frey and Jobie Hughes) set to be the first in a series of six stories, Lorien Legacies. The next book, The Power of Six, has a publish date of August 23rd, 2011. So if you liked this movie, start reading the first book and get the second when it comes out.  From what I read about the I Am Number Four book, the characters are more well rounded, you get into the quirks of their personalities and personal histories in the way only a book can. Also, the alien kids have more and different powers than what you saw in the movie, I know what I’ll be reading by the pool this summer! 
Trivia: –Sharlto Copley (District 9, The A-Team) was originally going to star as the Henri the protector but had to give up the part to Olyphant because he was busy doing press for The A-Team.
-Michael Bay brought the I Am Number Four story to Stephen Spielberg at Dreamworks who subsequently entered a bidding war over it with J.J. Abrams.  None of these big names ended up working on the movie, I wonder how things might have been different…

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