I Am Number Four often feels like several other films wrapped into one. Luckily it feels like other good movies. Although its simple in its goals, as the film went on I started to really enjoy it.
John (Alex Pettyfer) is a part of an alien species who is living on earth. Three of the aliens have been killed by enemy aliens. John is number four and he is next on the hit list. John along with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant) must stay out of the spotlight and keep their presence on the down low. But when John moves to a small town and falls for a girl named Sarah (Dianna Agron) his location becomes easily traceable. He must prepare for a fight and must protect his friends and loved ones.
I Am Number Four has a fresh intelligence and charm about it. It knows that its plot is a bit mad, so it doesn’t take itself overly seriously but at the same time it has characters that are likeable and kinda interesting. Alex Pettyfer was essentially casted because of his looks, but past that he’s a solid actor who is potentially better than his past work may allude to. Glee’s Dianna Agron is also truly likeable and glowingly beautiful, she will have a bright future for sure. Co stars such as the irresistible Teresa Palmer and the ever cool Timothy Olyphant add to the spark of the film.
The plot is quite clichéd and daft, but the characters and performances raise the quality and the film never drags. The CGI is also top dollar, especially in the final 25 minutes where a massive action scene ensues. The film had a helping hand by Michael Bay and that can be clearly seen in the action scenes. As a fan of Bay, I found his contributions to be welcomed.
I Am Number Four has some small but effective touches throughout that make it much better that it ought to really be. The film is just a lot of fun and it hopefully will get the sequels that it so clearly is preparing for.