- Cast: Dianna Agron, Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Kevin Durand, Jake Abel, Callan McAuliffe, Judith Hoag, Beau Mirchoff, Emily Wickersham, Brian Howe, Tucker Albrizzi, Cody Johns, Patrick Sebes, Jeff Hochendoner, L. Derek Leonidoff, James Werley, Peter Mozingo
- Director: D.J. Caruso
- Writers: Al Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon
- Producer: Michael Bay
- Associate Producers: Emily Berger, James M. Freitag
- Executive Producers: Matthew Cohan, Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, David Valdes
- Art Directions: Douglas Cumming, John B. Josselyn
- Castings: Deborah Aquila, Mary Tricia Wood
- Costume Design: Marie-Sylvie Deveau
- D.O.P.: Guillermo Navarro
- Editors: Vince Filippone, Jim Page
- Makeup: Tarra D. Day
- Music: Trevor Rabin
- Production Design: Tom Southwell
- Set Decoration: Maria Nay
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 (Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Florida, USA; Pennsylvania, USA; Santa Clarita, USA
- MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action, and for language
- Production Budget: $50 million
- Production Companies: DreamWorks SKG, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Media Rights Capital, Participant Media, Reliance Big Entertainment, Bay Films, Road Rebel
- Production Schedule: 17 May 2010 - 17 August 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "In premise and look, this sounds like a big budget and more action-oriented reboot of late sci-fi teen drama "Roswell". Though based on a young adult novel series, it was another title in this category that was the impetus for this adaptation - Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series. Any novels with a focus on teen romance and an other worldly touch are presently being bought up right and left in the hopes of becoming the next great cash spinner. Most will crash and burn along the way.
This one however is being sanctioned by the two big names behind the "Transformers" franchise, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, who are both producing through the restructured DreamWorks. Bay himself was originally attached to possibly direct the project, but the job ultimately landed in the hands of D.J. Caruso whose thrillers "Disturbia" and "Eagle Eye" became solid earners for the company.
While "Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar along with "Buffy" scribe Marti Noxon adapted the script, Spielberg himself apparently contributed to the film's characters. The budget is said to fall into the sizeable $50-60 million range with a decent portion likely going on the visual effects from ILM, not to mention a solid supporting cast including "Glee" star Dianna Agron and "Justified" lead Timothy Olyphant. Twenty-year-old British actor Alex Pettyfer is the lead, though there may be some confusion as he also stars in the even more blatantly "Twilight"-esque "Beastly" opening a month later.
'Four' marks the first in a thirty-picture pact that Dreamworks signed with Disney's Touchstone Pictures label who plan to distribute their works. Thus it's not a huge shock that the box-office will be watched very closely to see how it performs. Despite Caruso's involvement and a marketing campaign designed to attract both genders, it's tough to see this appealing beyond the teenage market. The story is familiar, but very little in the trailer excites."