It’s two weeks in a row for science-fiction films at FTRC Film Club! But while last week’s ET of choice may have been a typical ‘little green man’, this one most certainly was not. Enter ‘I Am Number Four’, the alien actioner starring uber-heartthrob Alex Pettyfer, plus Timothy Olyphant and that chick from Glee (Dianna Agron).
What did our FTRC crew think of it?
Emily L was feeling it – particularly Alex Pettyfer’s performance. ‘I look forward to seeing him in more films over the next few years and seeing how he continues to grow as an actor!’ she said.
Emily W thought that the film was ‘ok, though it didn’t completely live up to my expectations. It was great from the point of view of action and the special effects were very well done…. I think i expected more from the trailer.’
Paige’s review? ‘I thought it was pretty good – but also had to remind myself that it was targeted for a younger
audience’. The bad guys were a highlight, but she thought that ‘most of the film could be considered filler’.
‘Is it bad that I actually didn’t like it?’ said Casey. ‘The only good part was the final fight scene! It lagged a lot!’ She also thought ‘most of the scenes were very predictable’ but did have one compliment to pay: ‘The only good thing about this movie was Alex with his shirt off.’
Emily L definitely agreed with that sentiment – ‘Half naked Pettyfer is always appreciated!’
Katie enjoyed the film. ‘Alex Prettyface or whatever he’s name is was pretty good. Especially in the topless scenes’. Her fave part? ‘The dog was uber cute, I want one!’
Chris admitted he had low expectations – but was pleasantly surprised! ‘I was not expecting a good movie but I have to say I enjoyed it… I would recommend the film as a light, fluffy sci- fi with a mix of humour and darkness.’
David, however, was less impressed. ‘I have to say I thought it was pretty boring, not a lot seemed to happen… It did have some good bits though so it wasn’t all bad.’
Aisha thought it was ‘good action/fx wise. And Dianna and Alex had good chemistry. It’s good for what it is: a run-of-the-mill action film.’
Jason also gave us his rating. ‘For me, this movie was ok and I’d rate it 7.5/10…I thought the Aussie girl’s powers were cool and liked watching her fight.’
Mixed reviews all round then – although Alex Pettyfer’s biceps seemed to be universally praised!
‘I Am Number Four’ is not a film for serious science fiction fans. It’s got great special effects and some nice action (although most of it is, oddly, jammed in right near the end). We even jumped clear out of our skins at a few points! It ticks a lot of good sci-fi shaped boxes – including more blue glowy light than we‘ve seen in a while – but it’s definitely one for the teenagers.
There’s the typically intense romance between two impossibly good-looking teenagers, angst-filled journey of self discovery and an odd obsession with phones and communication (this may be the first time we’ve ever seen a lead character ask a pal to ‘text me if he comes back.’) Maybe it was sponsored by iPhone – all the major characters have one!
‘I Am Number Four’ is good, harmless fun. OK, so the characters are a bit typical and don’t develop much, but we found ourselves rooting for them anyway. The baddies were pretty good too, even if they did somehow get away with driving a turkey-gobbling monster down a motorway in a ginormous truck. (No one notices!)
How to make an action film that appeals to the ladies? Cast Alex Pettyfer and have him take his shirt off. Frequently. Roll on the (inevitable) sequel…
Seen ‘I Am Number Four?’ Let us know what you thought of it! Want to get involved with Film Club? Read on to find out how!
It’s simples, really. Each week we send a pair of cinema tix (ODEON or Cineworld, whichever is best) to 5 of our most active Facebook/Twitter followers. We put the film we’re going to see to the vote, and the winning film is the one we all go to see. Then we all sit around on Facebook on the Sunday night (6.30) and chat about it. Magic. Sound like something you want to get involved with? Drop us a line at twitter.com/f_t_r_c or on Facebook at on.fb.me/d4dMv8.
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