I recently took my daughter to see I Am Number Four, the latest in a string of teen-action movies out of Hollywood recently that include Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Push. I Am Number Four starts off with a bang and never taps the breaks. Director D.J. Caruso, of Eagle Eye and Disturbia fame, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride- and a pretty decent one at that.
Let me just get this out of the way: I Am Number Four is written, shot, and directed for a very specific demographic. If you have a pre-teen or teen son/daughter then you know what I”m referring to.
Like Eagle Eye before, Caruso neatly guides the main characters through the action and thrills, with just enough plot to keep the whole thing moving. Scenes where the main character “John Smith” (a lonely 17 year old alien) who yearns for a normal existence finds a nice girl and falls in love, are well balanced by ear-pounding explosions and creepy bad-guys. Like I said, consider the target audience.
I Am Number Four stars Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, and Dianna Agron, who all turn in solid performances. Pettyfer and Olyphant play runaways from a conquered planet called Lorien. Chased across the galaxy by the bloodthirsty Mogadorians (picture Neo meets the shark from finding Nemo). Only nine special children of Lorien survived, they were smuggled to Earth due to their super powers or Legacies, in hopes of one day joining together to defeat the invaders.
All-in-all I Am Number Four is a teenage parable about the isolation of puberty, the restrictions of parents, and the alienation of high school. It’s also about the need to rebel, fail, learn, and eventually move on to “adulthood,” a little more grown up, and with a few deeper relationships intact. All the while being saved by a hot chick in skin-tight leather.
In the end, I give I Am Number Four ♣♣♣♣ (out of ♣♣♣♣♣). If you’re between the ages of 11 and 24… The acting is good, the special effects are seamless, the explosions are big, the suspense is solid, and the hotties are hot…
That’s my two cents Eugene!