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Movie review: The 4400, Seasons 1-4

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Movie review: The 4400, Seasons 1-4


Over the last 50 years, 4400 people have mysteriously disappeared from Earth. Suddenly they are returned, without having aged a day, without knowing where they have been. And they have returned with something extra, mysterious powers.

Joel Gretsch (Tom), Jacqueline McKenzie (Diana), Patrick Flueger (Shawn), Conchita Campbell (Maia), Chad Faust (Kyle), Billy Campbell (Jordan), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Isabelle), Mahershala Ali (Richard).

What would happen if aliens abducted 4400 people over the past 50 years, only to return them one day having not aged at all, and with supernatural abilities? The 4400 follows the lives of several 4400's as they reintegrate into society. Or in the case of some, don't reintegrate. Choosing instead to try and reconfigure the world by bringing supernatural abilities to everyone whether they want them or not.

Acting was surprisingly good from Flueger, Campbell, Faust, Campbell and many others. Gretsch and Mckenzie as main characters however were both a bit disappointing. Gretsch felt like he was at a photo shoot for GQ magazine most of the time with hardly fitting emotion as necessary. McKenzie was slightly better but it seemed like her character changed personalities throughout the series.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done and varied throughout the series. Physical and CGI effects were all well done with good attention to detail and quality. Dialogue was also well done and used nicely to both explain the plot and move it forward. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

In the end, The 4400 is four seasons of sci-fi mystery rolled into an alien caused revolution of supernatural abilities. This one has a lot going on, but it is done fairly well. Sci-fi, mystery, and even drama fans will likely enjoy at least some aspect of the series.

With some sexuality, violence, and adult situations this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2004-2007
Reviewed: 2.18.14
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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