‘I Am Number Four’ Trailer Hints At (Potentially) Cool Premise

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 am,

I Am Number Four teaser trailer I Am Number Four Trailer Hints At (Potentially) Cool Premise

I Am Number Four is an upcoming sci-fi adventure based off the popular book series, written by James Frey and Job Hughes.  Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg produced the film, which was directed by D.J. Caruso of Eagle Eye and Disturbia fame.

The first trailer for I Am Number Four is now online and it focuses primarily on the setup to the film, which involves a group of nine humanoid aliens that flee to Earth after their home world is destroyed.  These super-powered beings – who are named Number One, Number Two, etc. – are now being hunted down (sequentially) by the same beings that destroyed their planet.

Number Four (Alex Pettyfer), is the narrator of the teaser and the protagonist of the film itself.  He hides under the name John Smith (heh) and is constantly on the run with his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant) – that is, until he arrives in a small Ohio town and falls in love with a young woman named Sarah (Dianna Agron of Glee fame).

The romantic angle of the plot bears a resemblance to Twilight, albeit with super-powered aliens instead of sparkling vampires.  I Am Number Four looks to have more action and less moody teenage drama than that ultra-successful franchise, which, in our opinion, is definitely a good thing.

Check out the trailer for I Am Number Four below:

Most of the visual FX on display in this teaser are somewhat less than impressive but so far look to not be too cheesy.  The combination of teenagers and super powers like telekinesis or the ability to shoot energy rays from their hands – well, you would be forgiven if you started watching the I Am Number Four trailer halfway through and thought it was the preview for X-Men: First Class.

Does I Am Number Four have the potential to kick-start an exciting new sci-fi franchise?  Best we wait to see if the full trailer improves on the teaser and hints at a final product that will entertain more than the tween crowd.

I Am Number Four arrives in theaters in the U.S. on February 18th, 2011.

Source: Dreamworks Pictures (via Total Film)

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  1. It doesnt look so good.

  2. I am kinda into it. :)

  3. The railer shows action well enough but I think it will depend on what foolow up trailers show about how the drama and if there is any comedic parts. Im excited to see if Timothy olyphants role is comedic at all becuase I think he is very funny but has been playing such serious roles of late.

  4. I’m sorry…


    did she “toss her hair” while driving a motorcycle??????????
    it sure as hell looked like it.

    oh, and the trailer, meh, I dunno. it could be ok.

    • Clearly you’re a man with short hair, if your hair is long and it gets in your face, it’s usually preferable to toss it back then push it back with you hand every five minutes, especially if you’re riding a motorcycle.

      And yes, I am being needlessly defensive for ironic purposes as the entire trailer makes the movie look as ridiculous as a woman tossing her hair while riding a motorcycle.

      That said, I’m on the fence, the premise is interesting enough that I may see it, but currently, it looks to be nothing more than an utterly forgettable movie with a terrible lead actor (I’m guessing based on the trailer).

      • you have obviously never ridden a motorcycle without a helmet for any length of time? even at VERY low speeds, it is patently impossible to “toss your hair”.

        And yes, I’m being needlessly nit-picky for ironic purposes, as the trailer looks like an advertisement for cologne.

        • I’d have laughed very loudly if it were an advertisement for cologne.. I may then have been interested in buying said cologne.

          As it stands, I’m fully on the fence about seeing this actual movie.

  5. Could go either way, but my gut tells me not a good one.


    • Does this remind you of The Covenant?

  6. i have to say the guy grabbing the girl and putting his hand up at the oncoming ambulance was very twilight. Just sayin.

  7. the trailer makes it look like it would be a good… T.V series

  8. Pehapse they should have entitled it: “This is ‘number two’”…

    • PERHAPS…note to self: “First coffee, then type reply, dummy!”

    • just what i was thinking

  9. I like the music that starts at 1:10

  10. Olyphant is in this? I wonder if he was trying to fulfill a contract.

  11. It reminds me of a weird mix of The Covenant and Push for some reason…
    Either way, not good movies to be compared to…

    • completely agree, might just be a guilty pleasure. a popcorn flick.

  12. I see some potential here. I might check this out when it comes out. However, if this movie wants to stand out and rake-in some big bucks, it would have to make sure that it will avoid reminding viewers of other movies that were shown before it (eg. Twilight, Push, etc.), otherwise, it will be like..”Oh no! Not another teenage angst, super powered/weird, love story kinda’ movie!”

  13. I can imagine, being a Speilberg/Bay production that they will market the hell out of this, but am I the only one who thinks the title is a bit awkward? Works well with the tagline though.

  14. Kiddie fodder. Original concept put the through the Hollywood clone machine……blech.

  15. Well the question is can this Caruso guy keep Spielberg from adding cute little kid and Bay from going crazy with the steady cam and jump shots.

  16. And of course there’s the requisite Twilight dig.

  17. Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It was #4 because Elijah Wood was #6 in the movie 9. I can’t remember who played the other doll characters.
    Anyways, the movie looks interesting, but glee girl sucks.

  18. Uh? hey! i rode a triumph bike for 4 years and yes you sometimes toss back your hair .so what? so far it looks kind cookie cutter , but hope its just not another twilight type movie m it gets stale the same old schtick..lol

  19. honestly i’ve read the book and i actually want to see the movie so bad

  20. That movie was AWESOME!