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'I Am Number Four' starring Alex Pettyfer - theatrical trailer review

I Am Number Four Directed by: D.J. Caruso Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron Rating: NR Release Date: February 18, 2011


MY THOUGHTS: Alright, for those new to TSR, let me catch you up to speed. I saw the teaser trailer and it was interesting enough, but considering it was a teaser, there were plenty of questions left unanswered. In fact, the teaser trailer was really just a showcase for the special effects and pretty boy Alex Pettyfer.

This time around, this new theatrical trailer offers a little bit more, but remains heavy on the mystery. Personally, I think this trailer's main fault is its concentration on the relationship between Pettyfer and Agron. We get it, he's the mysterious broody new kid and she's the tortured artist (you can tell cause she's wearing a beret kinda hat) but what does that add to the story? For me, personally? Not a whole helluva lot. In most action flicks the relationship is pretty secondary until the girl inevitably gets herself in trouble with the big baddie. So why focus on Agron so much? Well, it could be to capture the Glee crowd or it could simply be that she's a pretty face. I don't pretend to have all the answers.

But it's not all close-ups of youthful longing. There's still a fair amount of action to make this two and a half minutes worth your time, plus some impressive effects that guarantee this to at least be amusing on a blockbuster level. I'm still trying to decide if they end up showing too much in the end or if it's just a fake out, but considering the recent slew of trailers? I'm takin' this one at face value and saying that a little bit of "less is more" would've been nice, but it's still a good time and enough to leave me at least a little curious about this one.

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