#43 / 365 – ‘I Am Number Four’ – 109 mins
Cinema Challenge #18 / 115
On the brink of destruction by an evil force, an alien race sends nine special children to Earth. Three of these children have already been killed. The fourth must now fight for his life, while learning to understand his emerging powers and his love for a human girl.
Based on the young adult novel by Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four offers nothing new in the sci-fi genre and after an opening voice-over explaining that an ancient alien race as all but been wiped out, it plays out the predictable and generic story of teen John Smith (Alex Pettyfer, ‘Stormbreaker’) with special powers, chaperoned by his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant, ‘Die Hard 4.0’) moving from town to town, settles in one, falls in love with local girl Sarah (Dianna Agron) and this romantic side-story is nicely done – whilst all the time the bad-ass aliens are planning to wreak havoc.
With the film produced by Michael Bay you know the visual effects are never going to disappoint and this coupled with D J Caruso (‘Eagle Eye’) sharp directing they ramp up the action into fifth gear during the final thirty minutes, as our hero is backed up by a kick-ass bitch and likeable number six, to ward off all manner of creatures, where some are remarkably reminiscent of Jurassic Park. Whist, ‘I Am Number Four’ is an introductory tale that will leave audiences entertained, it is questionable how successful and how much longevity there will be as part of it’s planned six book franchise.