The general movie going masses aren't all that aware of director D.J. Caruso's (Eagle Eye) upcoming sci-fi/action film, I Am Number Four, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the buzz for this film will grow as the release date nears.
No doubt hoping to expose I Am Number Four to the mainstream, Dreamworks has released a new featurette, in which D.J. Caruso and up-and-coming stars Alex Pettyfer (Beastly) and Dianna Agron (Glee) discuss the mix of action and romance that will (allegedly) make I Am Number Four a worthwhile movie experience.
In case you missed the intriguing I Am Number Four teaser trailer, here's a synopsis for the film, which is based on the novel by Pittacus Lore:
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 (Timothy 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.
Watch the featurette below to get an idea about how the director and stars are shaping the film (and take a look at some new footage from the movie while you're at it):
I'll admit that I was intrigued by the teaser trailer for this movie. It looked like it was a healthy mix of sci-fi tropes and comic book-style action. After watching this featurette, I now know that there will be a schmaltzy teen romance glazed all over the action and thrills I was hoping for.
If somebody had initially asked me "Do you want to see Twilight with aliens instead of supernatural creatures?" My answer would have obviously been "NOPE." However, by now the trailer and the footage I've seen has me curious, so I guess I'll be giving I Am Number Four a chance (for now).
Do you still think this movie has potential or did that featurette make you think it's too "Twilight with aliens" for your liking?
I Am Number Four will invade theaters on February 18, 2011. Sidebar: February is typically a dumping ground for sub-par movies - not a good sign for this film.
Source: Walt Disney Studios / Dreamworks