young man, John Smith, 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, 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, powerful
new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
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may turn out to be something great if there are future movies made. This
film is a good start and hits all the right spots of an outsider in high school (it’s just that he has to be one because
aliens want to kill him and five other alien children with special powers). He
has the teenage angst thing going for him and the first love thing developing (which his protector says will be his only love). Number 4 comes into his own during this movie, but I still Number 6 is one bad ass
chick and she steals the movie.
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has some entertaining action stuff, but the high school drama is where the film really shines as John Smith (aka Number 4)
falls for a young female photographer and makes friends with a kid (who is being bullied by the clichéd football player jerks
and his missing father happens to have a connection to the special alien children). The Mogs are hunting down the nine
alien children (with special powers) and they have already killed the first three.
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FOUR hits the right notes with the lives of teenagers while showing the old movie theme of the young teenager wanting to belong
and he ends having destiny forced upon him. His life is a lie as he is moving from place to place with his protector
(who pretends to be his father). John wants to be normal, but he can never be nothing less than extraordinary
(he has powers called Legacies). He finds the uniqueness in people whether it is the photographer girl he has
a crush on or the teenage boy who is bullied (and wants to find his father).
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FOUR manages to develop the characters while pushing forward a story which is only the beginning of a story.
I do want to learn more about Number Six and I hope a sequel will reveal more about her.
SIX is a look at how the actress who plays this interesting character came to be cast, how she trained for the role (with
plenty of behind-the-scenes training footage and live action pre-viz of a few fight scenes), and more.
The deleted scenes
(with video commentary intros by director DJ Caruso) show a variety of scenes cut for plot reasons including one where
Karen Allen plays Sam's mom. The blooper reel is slightly amusing.
also in the Blu-ray/
DVD combo pack is a digital copy of the film.
I want the sequel to be made because I want to see what happens next and learn more about the sexy badass Number Six.
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