Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Different Love

As a child growing up, we watched a lot of movies. Being poor, it means that you find whatever entertainment you can, so we invested in a VCR and rented movies. I grew up watching My Fair Lady, Oliver, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, Now Voyager, and other non-musical movies as well as a healthy plethoria of musical movies. I still love a good musical as well as Lucille Ball & Henry Fonda in Your's Mine and Ours.

So I thought I'd add a movie review to my blog. I will rate it for family friendliness as well as overall content. I will give it either thumbs up as opposed to stars. I hope you enjoy it.

The first movie I will review is: "I AM NUMBER FOUR!"

The premise of this film is that there are nine children and their guardians sent to Earth after their world is taken over by other fellow aliens. These nine children all possess special powers. The first three have been murdered and you witness this in the first few moments of the film. Cue into number four - a young man who you will know through the majority of the movie as John Smith. Alex Pettyfer is a good choice as the ruggedly handsome young man who struggles to control his burgeoning powers as they make themselves known. Timothy Oliphant does a good job as his guardian, Henry. Diana Agron of Glee fame actually does a good job as the photographer in training who is not a cheerleader. Of course, the story isn't neatly cut and dried, as we see another one of the nine following John and trying to find him as well as helping hide his tracks. Number 6 is played well by Teresa Palmer - who can also be seen in The Sorcerer's Apprentice as the love interest of the hero. The action is great and if you love science fiction or a bit of the supernatural (not ghosts, just having special powers) then this is a good movie to see. However, it is not a good movie to see with children under the age of 13 years of age. It does contain mild bad language and there is a lot of action. It is short on blood though and graphic violence - you never see the actual knife go into Number Three - you just know he's being killed by the knife that takes his life but you don't see it go in and there is no blood spattering in it.

As a family friend movie I have to give this one thumb down. While this might be a decent choice to see with an older child it is very intense in moments and the fantastical elements in this film make it unsuitable for smaller children, since they often have trouble distinguishing what they see on TV from what can happen in real life. I also give it a thumbs down in family friendliness since John often ignores his guardian and he is rebellious.

However, for adults and older children it was a good movie and compelling. But I also enjoy science fiction, and if you aren't an enjoyer of science fiction you may not enjoy the movie. So if you are an adult who enjoys science fiction and action adventure, then you'll really enjoy this movie.

Have a good week and God Bless.

Love in Christ,


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