MOVIE REVIEW:
I Am Number 4 - Blu-ray Combo Pack
by Brian Savage


Three are dead. Who is Number Four? From director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and the writers of TV's Smallville, comes this gripping, action-packed thriller. John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him. Living with his guardian (Timothy Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events and his first love (Dianna Agron, TV's Glee), powerful new abilities and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Complete with deleted scenes and more, I Am Number Four is an explosive, suspense-filled ride that will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond.

I Am Number four was an interesting watch.  If you want to boil it down to its essence:  alien child (one of nine) with special powers is being hidden and raised on Earth so that the destroyers of his world won’t find him until he grows up; boy meets girl, destroyers find boy, boy and friends kill destroyers.   It’s not complicated but it is a fun watch.

Origin stories such as this are hard to create in this day and time as we have had so many other movies that stories such as this seem to borrow from whether coincidentally or not.   We seem to have elements from Superman, the vampire movies, Starman and others all mixed in a semi-romantic plot.   Also the “good” teenagers all seem way too mature for their age.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, I just didn’t see any cutting of new ground.  Maybe the journey will get more complex if there is a sequel as we still have several more alien children to find….

The most interesting bonus feature was “Becoming Number Six” which takes us on the personal journey of Teresa Palmer as she learns her special abilities and trains for her own stunts.

Available now in a 3-Disc Combo Pack Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy.  This is the way all movies should be released on disc!

The I Am Number 4 (Three-Disc Combo) includes...

* Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy.

* Becoming Number 6 Featurette.

* Movie Bloopers.

* 6 Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director D.J. Caruso


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