Director: D. J. Caruso
Written by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon
Produced by: Michael Bay
Release Date: February 18, 2011
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 1h 51m
Country: United States
Edited By: Vince Filippone, Jim Page
Music by: Trevor Rabin
Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Budget: $50 million
Box Office: $150 million
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand
In 2010, Dianna was cast for the role as Sarah in “I Am Number Four”. DreamWorks went through multiple rounds of tests to find the right actress for the female romantic lead without finding their perfect girl, but Dianna landed the role after a meeting with the executive producer Steven Spielberg at a charity event. Due to a filming schedule clash with Glee it first seemed impossible for Dianna to fit it in, but when the schedules were changed she was able to accept the part – which later have become one of her most famous to date. Filming went on between 17 May 2010 and 17 August 2010, and Dianna fitted in the film promotion tour in-between the award season with Glee early 2011.
Extraordinary teen John Smith (Pettyfer) 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 (Olyphant), 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.
John Smith is an alien from the planet Lorien. He was sent to Earth as a child with eight others to escape the invading Mogadorians, who destroyed Lorien. Here, John is protected by a Guardian, Henri, and has developed powers, including enhanced strength, speed and agility, as well as seven other powers he will develop later in life, known as legacies. He is protected by a Loric charm which protects him from all Mogadorian harm as long as he is hurt out of order. He can only be hurt after the first three Loriens are killed in order.
The Mogadorians, led by the Commander, learn about the nine children and come to Earth to find them. The Lorien can only be killed in sequence; Number One through Number Nine. Three of them are already dead, with John being Number Four. Knowing this, he and Henri move from a beachside bungalow in Florida to an old farm in Paradise, Ohio, where John befriends conspiracy theorist Sam Goode and a dog which he names after Bernie Kosar. He also falls for an amateur photographer, Sarah Hart. Her ex-boyfriend, football player Mark James is a bully who torments both John and Sam.
During the Halloween Festival, Mark and his friends chase Sarah and John into the woods, where they try to beat John up. However, he uses his powers to fend them off and rescue Sarah. Sam witnesses this, which forces John to reveal his true origins. The next day, Mark’s father, the local sheriff, interrogates Henri on John’s whereabouts when his son and his friends were attacked.
Henri tells John that too many people are suspicious of them so they have to leave. John refuses because of Sarah. Meanwhile, the Mogadorians continue searching for John, while being trailed by another Garde, Number Six, who is also trying to locate Number Four. Number Six’s guardian was killed, and she realizes that the remaining six of the Garde will have to team up and fight against the Mogadorians. She knows Number Three is dead and that Number Four is being hunted.
The Mogadorians eventually locate John and manipulate two conspiracy theorists into capturing Henri. When John and Sam go to rescue him, they are attacked but manage to fend the Mogadorians off. However, Henri dies after John and Sam escape with some Lorien artefacts, including a blue rock that acts as a tracking device for other Garde. Sam’s father, a conspiracy theorist who disappeared while hunting aliens in Mexico, had another of the rocks. While Sam searches for it, John tries to say goodbye to Sarah at a party, only to discover that the Mogadorians have framed him and Henri for the murders of the conspiracy theorists. Mark sees John and calls his father, who corners John and Sarah. John saves Sarah from a fall, revealing his powers in the process, and they escape to their high school.
Meanwhile, The Commander arrives in Paradise, in a convoy of trucks. He is confronted by Mark and his father, and after injuring the sheriff, he forces Mark to show him where John is hiding. Mark takes him to the school, which he knows is Sarah’s hideout.
There, John, Sarah, and Sam are attacked by the Mogadorians, who brought two Piken to hunt the trio. They are saved by Number Six and Bernie, who is actually a shapeshifting Chimera sent by John’s biological parents to protect him. John and Number Six, who can turn invisible and can block energy attacks, continue to fight the Mogadorians. They eventually defeat them all, including the Commander.
The following day, John and Number Six unite their blue rocks and discover the location of the other four surviving Garde. John decides to let Sam come with them in hopes of finding Sam’s father. They set off to find the others so they can all protect Earth from the Mogadorians, leaving Sarah and a repentant Mark, who lies to his father about John’s whereabouts, telling him to head west since he told his father he was heading east, and returns a magic box left to John by his Dad that Henri hid that was in police evidence. John thanks Mark and promises Sarah that he will come back to Paradise to find her. While they share their goodbye kiss a hurt and slightly agitated Mark is shown, but he shakes his head before waving and putting on a fake smile. The film ends with John, Sam, Bernie and Number 6 driving out towards the sunset, smiling and vowing to protect their new home, Earth. (Source)
Filming & Box Office
The principal photography began on May 17, 2010, using 20 locations all within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. DreamWorks selected the area primarily due to tax incentives from the Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit. The film studio also had a positive experience shooting “She’s Out of My League” in Pittsburgh in 2008. The production was scheduled to last 12 to 13 weeks.
Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro shot the film on 35 mm, using a format known as Super 1:85. Beaver, the former Conley Inn in Homewood, and nearby Buttermilk Falls were used as locations in the film; interior and exterior scenes were shot near a boat launch in Monaca. A spring fair scene was filmed in Deer Lakes Park in West Deer; Port Vue, North Park, New Kensington and Hyde Park were also used as locations. The setting of the film’s fictional town of Paradise, Ohio is Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, where filming took place from June to July 2010. Producers chose Vandergrift as the “hero town” of the film because of its unique look and curved streets, laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York City’s Central Park.
Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville was chosen over 50 other schools in the area, due to its proximity to nearby woods, a part of the film’s plot, and its surrounding hills. The school was also selected for its one floor layout, wide hallways, and its football stadium in front. Teachers and recent graduates appear in the film, and a set that replicates the school was built in a studio in Monroeville for filming explosion scenes. In the last few weeks of production, scenes were filmed at the 200-year-old St. John’s Lutheran Stone Church in Lancaster Township. Additional filming took place in the Florida Keys in the beginning of the film in Big Pine Key, Florida as well as the spanning of the drive over the bridge showcases the keys 7 mile bridge.
Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $22,755,854, 18 February 2011, Wide Release
Gross USA: $55,100,437
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $149,878,437
Trivia & Goofs
The movie is based on a young adult science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore, and it is the first book in the Lorien Legacies series: “I Am Number Four,” “The Power of Six,” “The Rise of Nine,” “The Fall of Five,” “The Revenge of Seven” and “The Fate of Ten.” The final book in the series was released in 2016.
Alex Pettyfer and Dianna started dating while filming this movie. They broke up shortly after the film was released in theaters.
Dianna landed her role after a chance meeting with executive producer Steven Spielberg at a charity event. As a big fan of Glee (2009), Spielberg was seriously considering Dianna for a prominent part when the chance encounter proved beneficial for both parties.
The evil aliens in the film are called “Mogadorians,” and are apparently from the planet “Mogadore.” Mogadore also happens to be a small suburb of Akron, Ohio, not far from where the film takes place and not far from where James Frey, one of the writers of the novel on which this film was based, grew up.
As Henri digs into the disappearance of Sam’s dad and what he found at the closed ore mill, the camera pans over what appears to be a map of earth but is actually the continents drawn on a star chart. Then, the eye-like symbol with nine circles Henri had been standing on in the mill, with lines through it and Earth locations written with latitude and longitude coordinates. 1) Malaysia – The coordinates are for Taman Negara, a national park. 2) London – a point on the south bank of the Thames just east of London City Airport. 3) Africa – A spot in the Sahara Desert, near Libya’s east border with Egypt. 4) Florida – The first number in the longitude is difficult to read, before the decimal point, but for Florida it should say *negative* 80. That spot is in the water near Key West.
Several of the ending plot points were set-ups for a potential sequel, including: coming back to Sarah in Paradise, Sam being “one of us now,” the search for Sam’s real father, what is in the box, and more.
Goof: Sarah uses old, mechanical cameras, such as Nikon F, yet never focuses before shooting.
When John throws the football back at Mark’s friend, Sarah is just getting her camera out and doesn’t take pictures of John until after he throws the football; however, when John looks at her website later, there is a sequence of photos of him throwing the football.
When Henri gives John his phone, he informs him that he’ll be calling every hour John is on his own to make sure he’s okay, and if John doesn’t pick up, Henri will know something is wrong (implying he’ll assume the Mogs have attacked John and will come looking for him). During dinner at Sarah’s, John reluctantly surrenders his phone after noticing three missed calls from Henri. Despite the fact that John had not answered his phone for three hours, Henri does nothing about it, and does not even mention it at all afterward.
The film opened at number two in the United States and Canada with a gross of $19,449,893. In its second weekend, it dropped 43.4%, earning $11,016,126. The only other market where it has grossed over $10 million is China. It began in third place with $3.4 million, but had an increase of 91% in its second week, topping the box office with $6.4 million. In its third week, it decreased by 21% to $5.0 million. As of March 27, 2011, it has grossed $17,328,244.
A teaser trailer for the film was issued in late September 2010, and a full-length trailer premiered on December 8. Advertisements ran in Seventeen and Teen Vogue magazines, Disney released a promotional iPhone app in January 2011. Disney also developed a lot of Internet content to target a teen audience with their marketing campaign. A cast tour, in association with American retailer Hot Topic, and cast media appearances were scheduled to lead up to the release of the film.
Just like Sarah, Dianna loves photography – and her little brother is a professional photographer.
Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 33% approval rating and an average rating of 4.8/10 based on 158 reviews. The website’s consensus reads, “It’s positioned as the start of a franchise, but I Am Number Four’s familiar plot and unconvincing performances add up to one noisy, derivative, and ultimately forgettable sci-fi thriller.” Metacritic gives the film an average score of 36 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”. Empire Magazine gave the film three out of a possible five stars and said, “If you can make it through the bland schmaltz of the first half you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular blast of sustained action and the promise of even better to come. This could be the start of something great.”
John: [Reaching for book] What’s this?
Sarah: Umm… That is kind of private, actually.
John: It’s amazing!
Sarah: Ok, that’s enough.
John: [Flipping through book] What, you’re allowed to look at everyone else, take our pictures, and we’re not allowed to see you?
John: Seems like you want to run away.
Sarah: Just be happy when I can get out of here.
John: I don’t know. Been to a lot of places…
Sarah: You don’t have to give me that “there’s no place like home” speech. I’ve heard it.
John: No, no. You can go wherever you want, see whatever you want to, but, um… a place is only as good as the people you know in it. I… I think this is a pretty good place.
Dianna on the film
– “When I was cast on I Am Number Four, I hadn’t met Alex. I had dinner with the movie’s director, D.J. Caruso, a couple of nights before our first table read with the big studio executives and that’s when D.J. said to me, “Perhaps you should meet Alex before the table read?” I thought that was a really good idea.”
– ” I really love the character of Sarah because there are a lot of similarities to how I was at school. Sarah loves photography, and so do I. I really started to get into it at school. I have about 10 cameras now and they all have different purposes.”
– “(Working on) I am Number Four was awesome. I felt like I knew everyone on the cast and crew personally so sometimes I forgot what a huge film we were making.”
– On stunts: “I had to fall off a four-story building! I was in a harness and wearing clothes two sizes larger than usual–I felt like the Michelin Man! It was fantastic. I’m not afraid of heights, so that helped.”
– On Sarah: “She’s a strong girl. She’s not going to be the one running and hiding as soon as all the madness kicks in. She’s in it until the end. I liked that.”
– “I loved being a night owl. We shot most of the film at night, so my whole schedule got turned upside down, and I loved it.”
– ” I found out very late in the process that I was going to be doing this movie, so from the time I was cast to the time I was on set, it was about three weeks. That was so fun because it was like, “Okay, let’s go!” I went straight from doing the Glee tour, which we finished in Radio City Music Hall, and then, that night I flew to Pittsburgh. It was a real chance to step into a different world. ”
On November 20, 2010, Dianna kicked off the film promotion by attending the first photocall for the film with her co-star Alex Pettyfer at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Ahead of the big film premiere, the cast toured in association with American retailer Hot Topic. Dianna and Alex Pettyfer attended fan signings on January 28, February 5 and February 11. Their co-star Terese Palmer joined the duo on the February 11 signing.
As a part of the film promotion, Dianna was a guest at “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (February 3), “Access Hollywood Live” (February 18) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (February 14).
Gallery Albums & Video Archive Links:
– Gallery: “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Screen Captures
– Video: “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”
– Gallery: Access Hollywood Live Screen Captures
– Video: “Access Hollywood Live”
– Gallery: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Screen Captures
– Gallery: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Production Stills
– Video: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
On February 9 (2011), Dianna and the cast attended the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘I Am Number Four’ at Mann’s Village Theatre in Westwood, California. Since Dianna missed the London screening of the film due to attending the SAG Awards with the Glee cast, this was the only red carpet premiere for the film she attended! For the big event, Dianna walked the red carpet in a stunning chiffon dress by British designer Vivienne Westwood.