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I Am Number Four (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  18 February 2011 (USA)
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Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Hochendoner ...
Molly McGinnis ...
Andy Owen ...
Bret (as Andrew Owen)


Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) 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 (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 (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Am Number Four: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,755,854 (USA) (18 February 2011)


$55,092,830 (USA) (27 May 2011)

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Did You Know?


The movie is based on a young adult science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore and the first book in the Lorien Legacies series - I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine, The Fall of Five, The Revenge of Seven and The Fate of Ten. The final book in the series will be released in 2016. See more »


When returning to Paradise, Ohio from Warsaw, Indiana, John and Sam stop by a rail track to assist Henry, and an AVR (Allegheny Valley Railroad) train passes them. The AVR services Pennsylvania (which is where the movie was shot) but has no trackage or trains serving anywhere between Paradise, Ohio (just south of Youngstown) and Warsaw, Indiana (west of Fort Wayne). See more »


[first lines]
Drew: [to Daniel] You know, showboating like that just make you look desperate.
Kern: Yeah, "Look at me. I can flip my ski."
Kern: Pathetic.
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Crazy Credits

Clouds blow over the DreamWorks SKG logo which then reveals a shot from space See more »


References Hannah Montana (2006) See more »


Written by Jim Adkins, Richard Burch, Zachary Michael Lind & Thomas Darrell Linton
Performed by Jimmy Eat World
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Three Cheers for 'Number Four'!
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect to like "I Am Number Four". It looked like your average action/thriller shoot-em-up bang-bang but I was sorely mistaken.

Based on the novel by Jobie Hughes and James Frey (the writers used the pen name Pittacus Lore) and adapted by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (the team behind such hits as TV's Smallville, "Spider Man 2" and the Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson "Shanghai Noon/Knights" movies), "I Am Number Four" tells us the story of John Smith (Pettyfer) and his "father" Henri (Olyphant). We don't get too much back story (and that's a good thing) when the story starts -- it's nice to keep your audience on the edge of their seat, who doesn't like a little bit of mystery? John and Henri flee Florida after an "incident" happens which almost exposes them and seek solitude in a town called Paradise in Ohio. Here is where the action slows down a little bit to introduce us to the characters. John is given orders by Henri to blend in and be invisible but that doesn't exactly go down as planned. He overhears the principal scolding Sarah (Agron, best known for playing Quinn on TV's Glee) about privacy issues, he befriends the class nerd, Sam (McAuliffe) and attracts the attention of the school's quarterback/bully, Mark (Abel). Not bad for a first day, so much for being anonymous.

The high school drama portion of "I Am Number Four" is your typical teenage fair. Boy meets girl, they start to fall, old boyfriend wants girl back, threats are made, confrontations are had and oh yeah.... one is developing some pretty cool superpowers. That's what makes this movie different. Even John doesn't know what he's capable of doing and not to mention there are bad guys (with even badder teeth) and one pretty hot chick (Palmer) that are hell-bent on finding John and Henri. I don't mind that action takes a backseat in order to flesh out the characters... let us get to know them, they need to be likable so that we can root and cheer for them later on down the road.

The final reel of the film certainly does not disappoint. I'm sure all you action fans will love it. The movie has a good story, good acting, great special effects and it certainly has heart. For more reviews, go to www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: B

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