Genre: Action/Science Fiction/Romance
Similar titles: Twilight (2008), New Moon (2009), Eclipse (2010), Jumper (2008).
Personal thoughts: As a fan of the novel, I was really looking forward to the movie version of I Am Number Four. Unfortunately, I was fairly disappointed with the result. The movie was not a terrible adaptation (i.e. the film version of The Golden Compass), but many plot elements from the novel were unnecessarily omitted. The back-story of how Henri and Number Four came to be living on Earth was a very important part of the novel, but was completely left out of the movie. For those who hadn’t read the book, much of the story would have been quite confusing. The movie also played up the character of Number Six, who only appeared in the last few chapters of the novel, no doubt to highlight beautiful actress, Teresa Palmer. Although I’m sure many ‘tweens would enjoy this film, I would not recommend it as a faithful adaptation of the novel.
Themes: Aliens, constant moving, romance, danger.
Awards/Reviews: Positive reviews from
Arizona Republic, Times, Variety and Boston Globe. Based on best-selling novel. Los Angeles
Series Information: Second novel, The Power of Six, to be released in 2011. Movie version to follow.
Number Four/John Smith – Seventeen-year-old alien from the planet Lorien. He has spent his life with his guardian, Henri, on the run from an evil race of aliens, the Mogadorians. Moves to
where he falls in love with classmate, Sarah. Paradise, Ohio
Henri – Number Four’s guardian. He constantly urges Number Four to keep a low profile and protect his true identity.
Sarah – Seventeen-year-old high school senior. Loves photography, and is constantly hounded by ex-boyfriend, Mark. Falls in love with Number Four after they meet in high school.
Sam – High school student who is constantly bullied for being “nerdy.” Befriends Number Four.
Number Six – Seventeen-year-old alien from the planet Lorien. Her guardian was killed and she is searching for Number Four, believing that uniting will make them more powerful to fight the Mogadorians.
Mark – High school bully and ex-boyfriend of Sarah. He pulls several pranks on Number Four and is jealous of his relationship with Sarah.
Annotation: He has spent his life on the run from the aliens who destroyed his home planet. But how long can Number Four keep his true identity a secret after he falls in love?