I Am Number Four

Theatrical Release: February 18, 2011
I Am Number Four


John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four.

Dove Review

This film produces some mystery, as the character known as John (Alex Pettyfer), who is posing as a high school student, is also known as Number Four, and attempting to avoid an enemy seeking to destroy him. The three before him didn’t make it. He is from the planet Lorien and the Mogadorians have destroyed his world and followed him to earth. He finds himself in Ohio and falling in love. He states sadly that it is a terrible thing for Lorien’s last survivors including him to be the last. An interesting element about his number and predicament is that nine have to be finished off and in order.

The film, theme-wise, urges the viewer to think about extra-terrestrial life, and to also recognize how bullies cause a lot of harm and pain. If the film successfully makes people think about such things, that is good. Unfortunately, the methods used to tell this story in film also contains strong language, including biblical profanity, and we see teen drinking. Although the film does not applaud this as normal, neither does it really preach against it, a mistake we believe. Teen drinking and deaths are an all-too-real problem.

At any rate, there are some “jump” scenes, scenes which suddenly occur, which might frighten some viewers. Due to the strong language in the movie and the teen drinking, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: A couple makes out at a party; a comment that a child being born gave it away that a couple had been "fooling around".
Language: J-4; OMG-2; S-9; Slang for female genitalia-1; slang for male genitalia-1; A-7; H-2; Crap-2; B-1
Violence: Sci-fi lasers and knives are seen; some beatings but little blood; creature crashes through door; creature lifted up by throat and throat is ripped out and creature stabbed; talk of killing; football is thrown hard and knocks down two characters; a street light is blown out by alien powers; blasts and explosions; a ball with rotating blades is shoved into character's mouth although the result is not seen; blasts kill several characters.
Drugs: Teen drinking; wine with dinner is served; a teen is said to be alcohol-fueled.
Nudity: Girls seen in bikinis; shirtless guys; cleavage.
Other: Race has tattoos on head; girl has tattoos on neck; nose-picking scene; disrespect shown by some characters; bullies; a few jump scenes which might frighten viewers.


Company: Disney
Writer: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Director: D.J. Caruso
Producer: Michael Bay
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 110 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter