Like other films before it, Harry Potter, The Matrixs, Pirates of the Carribean and now TRON, I Am Number Four is the newest in franchises, with plans to make it a 6 part series. Now to be perfectly honest, unless they focus more on the action they are going to lose a lot of audience members. Now to further explain myself, here is a warning…THIS IS NOT THE MOVIE YOU THINK IT IS.
Before I tell you more let me just tell you a bit about the film. Number Four (Alex Pettyfer) is on an alien on the run, he been running most of his life, after his planet was destroyed by the Mogadorians. He is part of a special group that were picked as children because of their unique gifts. There are 9 of them, they and their protector have all be running and hiding from the Mogadorians who are trying to kill them off one by one since they are the only thing that has any chance of defeating them. Number Four now known as John Smith moves to a new town, trying to lay low but unfortunately that doesn’t work out after he meets Sarah Hart (Dianna Agron). During this time, John is learning about his powers that seem to come at the worst time. He also befriends the school’s conspiracy nut Sam Goode (Callan McAuliffe) who gets tormented by the football team and soon after John does also. As everything starts to become normal, the Mogadoians start to draw closer and John is next to be killed.
Now I know that the trailer made this film look like it was non stop action, but don’t let the trailer mislead you. This film is more romantic (so guys if you were planning on going with a bunch of you buddies, save it for another movie and take your girl friend) than action, I’d have to say that the action didn’t really kick into gear until the last 45 minutes of the movie. Another thing that ruined the movie was that the trailer gave away Number Six’s part, in the movie she is suppose to be mysterious but thanks to the trailer we know who she is before we sit down and watch it. I did think that the cast was really good, although their characters were very typical, also was the setting. Alien is treated like geek, gets pushed around by the jocks, then befriends geek and then falls for prom queen. Although Sarah isn’t the prom queen she sure does look like one, but she is the new clichés, instead of being the mean (sometimes really dumb) cheerleader, she is the moody, different, deep girl, who used to be popular but got out of it all. Now if it sounds like I’m bashing this movie I’m not, I rather enjoyed myself, when the action did arrived it was really amazing. Another thing was that it has some really great bad guys, the Mogadorians very creepy, but even they were a tad typical and even a little comical, But I don’t know why they always have the bad guys look so weird. But even after everything you are left with some questions mostly with John/Number Four, his origin is only slightly covered and things happened that are just as new to us as they are him.
Although this film has it’s problems, it is still worth checking out, but I would recommend waiting on the DVD. There are much better things coming into the theaters now and in upcoming months.