In action-packed, romantic sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, John Smith (Burberry model-turned-actor Alex Pettyfer) is an ordinary teen with extraordinary superpowers and Sarah Hart (Dianna Agron, most notable as Glee’s lead Cheerio) is the lovely “girl-next-door” who, upon a chance encounter with Smith, compels him to question his destiny, hero capabilities and on-the-run existence.
Directed by C.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) and based off a six-series novel by Pittacus Lore, moniker of James Frey and Jobie Hughes, I Am Number Four is visually alluring and highly entertaining.
Smith is an extraterrestrial being from planet Lorien living an anonymous lifestyle in an attempt to protect himself from archenemy aliens Mogadorians, who are on a quest to find and kill all nine existing Loriens in sequential order. He is number four.
Yes, how very out of this world.
On the contrary, the film does a remarkable job dwelling into human complexities of friendship, lost and love in a small Ohio town. “A place is only as good as the people you know in it” is a reoccurring theme.
An unexpected high point is Aussie actress Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Take Me Home Tonight) as Number Six, a witty, unflappable alien who becomes Number Four’s partner in defeating
With a favorable soundtrack (Agron says she “recommends and loves it!”) that includes Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and Adele, in addition to heart-thumping cinematic effects and a superb storyline right to the bittersweet end—with an emphasis on sweet—will leave audiences demanding, “Sequel, please!”
I Am Number Four hits theatres nationwide February 18, 2011.
Official Site: www.FindNumberFour.com
Review By: Jeanette “J’Net” Nguyen