This move starts off just like the book which was surprising and gratifying. There were 9 young aliens brought to Earth with protectors. The first three have been hunted down and killed and now they are out for Number Four. John (Peeyfer) and his protector Henri (Olyphant) have been on the run for years. Now that the third Lorien child has been killed they go on the move again to a place called Paradise, Ohio. Henri also had some business there so it was the next stop. John decided to go to high school instead of staying home with Henri. While at school John did the following:
- Fell in love with Sarah (Agron)
- Met a friend named Sam (McAuliffe)
- Made an enemy, Sarah’s Ex Mark (Abel)
- Got his first legacy (Legacies are powers that the 9 receive in order to fight back against the Mogadorian killers.)
Lorien people only fall in love once so their connection was fast and intense. Sam turned out to be the son of the person that Henri was looking for and Mark, in the end, seems to be John’s friend.
With John making mistakes (being on the internet) it was not hard for the Mogadorian Commander (Durand) to find him. There is an epic battle that happens at the high school and luckily John received some help from Number 6 (Palmer), who had been tracking him. By the end of the film we figure out that Sam’s dad was trying to find the 9 so that he could bring them together to fight. Sam, John and 6 leave Sarah and Mark in Paradise to find the other 4.
This was a good movie. Timothy Olyphant can have long hair, short hair or no hair and look good. If Alex Pettyfer would have used his normal voice I would have enjoyed his character a lot more. If you have read the book you will not be disappointed. Callan Mculiffee was a great addition to the cast. I can’t wait to see more from this guy. It was good to see Jake Able from the Percy Jackson film and it is always a pleasure to see Kevin Durand playing the bad guy. I give this move 3/5 stars.
Timothy Olyphant can clearly do no wrong, from Hitman to Justified to The Office I have yet to see this man do something I don’t like. And like Liz said long hair, short hair, no hair he is always amazing. Also got to agree with Liz that had Pettyfer got to speak with his normal accent I would have enjoyed his part even more, Number 6 had an accent so why not Number 4. Overall a very good interpretation of the book, which I enjoyed, with some nice changes to add to the action and overall story. I give it 3/5 stars.