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DVD Review: I AM NUMBER FOUR IS TERRIBLE - Movies In Focus
I Am Number Four is the latest teen-fiction novel to hit the big screen. It’s clearly aimed at the Twilight audience, but it also wants the male demographic, so there’s a bit of smooching and an abs-tastic male lead for the chicks, and some hot babes and explosions for the boys. The film has many flaws, the main one being its cliché riddled plot, which gives the impression that we’ve seen it all before, and indeed we have. The script for I Am Number Four was written by the unholy trinity of Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Marti Noxon. Gough and Millar are the gentlemen behind Smallville and Noxon has penned many episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and all this experience in television has gone to good use in creating what is in effect an expensive pilot episode for a non-existent television show. Think Smallville meets The Sarah Connor Chronicles. No teen cliché is left untouched; stock characters including the bullying jock, the geeky best friend and the kooky love interest are present and correct, all this and our hero strives forward in his destiny to find out who he really is. To be fair, Gough, Millar and Noxon [...]