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I Am Number Four (2011)

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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:
Number 3
Number 3's Guardian
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,755,854, 18 February 2011, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Just like the aliens are from Mogadore, which is their planet, but also a play on the small Ohio town of the same name, the planet which John and Number Six are from, Lorien (pronounced LORE-EE-en), is a play on the small Ohio town of Lorain (pronounced LORE-rain), which is about one hour northwest of Akron. See more »


(at around 29 mins) When John is standing in front of his open locker, three students walk by him in the background. In the next hall scene, the students have suddenly vanished. 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 »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.5 (2011) See more »


Written by Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill
Performed by Kings of Leon
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Tedious and lacking of any emotion
16 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have complained many times about the films which pretend to capture the same childish spirit from Harry Potter. However, the flood of Harry Potter imitators seems to have diminished in recent months. The reason? The success of the Twilight saga provoked a "change of direction" from the Hollywood executives, and instead of exploring variations of "magic boys save the world", they are now desperately searching for new instances of "forbidden romances between teenagers with supernatural powers". For better or for worse, I Am Number Four belongs to this nascent sub-genus, and I found it to be boring and lacking of any emotion and originality.

I Am Number Four covers a well-known ground from the fantastic cinema as well as from the juvenile romance one. And I am not precisely against of that; director D.J. Caruso previously made two unoriginal but dynamic and entertaining movies (Disturbia and Eagle Eye), something which gave me hopes of finding some redeemable elements in I Am Number Four. Unfortunately, very few things worked in this movie (at least in my personal experience), because I could never get interested in the characters or in their forced romance, and much less in the horribly trite sci-fi concepts with which it pretends to adorn its tiring narrative.

To start with...Mogadorians? Was that the best name which came to mind to author Pittacus Lore (in fact a pseudonym of Jobie Hughes and James Frey) for the villains of the book on which this movie was based? Sure, the name by itself does not have too much importance, but it is a good example of the creativity level from the whole film. The heroes are handsome young people who look like models; the villains are bald and pale, with piranha teeth, and they suffer from the "talkative villain syndrome", revealing their plans or talking more than they should when they could easily exterminate the heroes.

One of the few things I liked in I Am Number Four is Teresa Palmer's energetic performance. In fact, I think the film would have been much more entertaining with her in the leading role, instead of the insipid couple of Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron. However, I cannot recommend this film, because I found it to be bland, repetitive and tedious.

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