If any of us were a young girl or boy far from a home we barely remember, had powers beyond our imagination and a mysterious, yet noble destiny to fulfill while being hunted by a ruthless evil intent on destroying us, what would we do? Would we stand and fight, or run away as we have for the last eighteen years?
That is the question that lies within the story of Dreamworks new film, I Am Number Four. A film in which the hero, John- played by Alex Pettyfer– is the fourth of nine children being tracked down and killed by a brutal enemy because of the powers they possess and he is the next target. For most of John’s childhood he and his protector, Henri (Timothy Olyphant) must move from one state to another to avoid being found.
When they arrive in Paradise, Ohio,John discovers the powers that were passed to him from his parents while at the same time adjusting to a new school. This makes fitting in a little difficult for John. Nevertheless, he manages to spark the interest of a local girl named Sarah (Dianna Agron) who has a passion for photography.
I Am Number Four is more than just another science fiction film with great special effects and exhilarating action. It is a movie which tells the tale of a young man ripped from the home to which he belonged and must rise to meet his destiny head on without fear in order to protect his new home. Proving that home is not where the heart is, but where we make it or, just where all the best people are.
Getting straight to the point. Megamind is full of fun, laughs and even romance. There is also plenty of action. The film featurs the voices of Will Ferrell (Megamind), Brad Pitt (Metro Man) Tina Fey (Roxanne Ritchi), David Cross (Minion), and Jonah Hill (Hal/Tighten). While it appears to be merely a vehicle of entertainment, the motion picture gives the audience plenty of reason to be entertained with its outstanding visuals, animation and spectacular action sequences. However, the story on the screen has more than what is at its surface. Which is nearly always the case with a Dreamworks animated release.
Amidst the jokes and action is the story of a person trying to find their place or purpose in the world. In the beginning of the film, Megamind believes he has discovered that purpose as he and Metro Man consistently fight each other. Megamind is on the side of evil and Metro Man is on the side of good. All is right with the world as far as Megamind is concerned and nothing ever could; or should change.
To Megamind’s eventual dismay, things do change and he once again struggles to find his place or purpose in this world as he did while in his childhood. Being the genius that he is, Megamind comes up with a plan which unfortunately turns sour rather quickly and our misguided and somewhat reluctant hero, must decide whether to remain on the dark side so to speak, or step out into the light and be something greater than he ever dreamed of being.
In the end, Megamind is a wonderfully crafted film that entertains in a mega-fantastic way and presents us with a story of how a person can rise up out of the darkness and become a better version of themselves when faced with insurmountable odds. Go see this movie. Even if it’s to have something to do or simply to laugh. You will not be disappointed.