I’m not particularly someone who enjoys the recent trend of movies that use the occult as their main plotline, *looks at the Twilight ‘Saga’* but seeing the trailers for I Am Number 4 sometime last year, I could see that Michael Bay was definitely onto something when he agreed to produce the film.
Written by the duo that brought us the Superman television spinoff, Smallville, Andrew Gough and Miles Millar, I immediately knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. The duo managed to revive a flagging television franchise, and target it at a whole new audience.
Another thing that attracted me to the movie was the actor playing the lead character of John Smith, Alex Pettyfer. Now don’t get me wrong, it does look like Hollywood is stealing all of the decent male actors away from British cinema, but Alex is quite a talented guy. I was wowed by his portrayal of teen unexpected spy in Stormbreaker, the movie adaptation of the first Alex Rider book written by Anthony Horrowitz. He brought the realism to a character I had waited in vain to see a movie adaptation of.
The one thing I found myself doing, as I usually do seeing British actors portraying American characters, was not being able to totally believe the accent Pettyferwas putting on. He does give a brilliant attempt at it, don’t get me wrong, but personally I just can’t get his original accent out of my head.
Overall, the film was good. Definately worth the price of the ticket, and was a feast for eyes as well. The computer graphics in the movie were as usual, top notch. Though I found overall the movie made too much of a sudden switch between safe and dangerous situations, with it happening far too often too. The plot of the movie (which I shall not reveal, as I’ve a known record for spoiling movies before people have even seen them) was just right for its target audience. Yes I’m not particularly in its teenage girl age bracket, but nethertheless, I liked it, a lot!
I’d whole heartedly recommend this movie if you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, as it’s filled with thrills and moments that’ll make you laugh, cry and jump.
CB Movie Rating: 4 Stars