It isn’t ground breaking but there are some cool action scenes. The dialogue is stilted and drags at times but it doesn’t make you want to get up and walk out. There isn’t a whole lot of character development but what would one really expect out of this kind of film?
“I am Number Four” follows John, played by Alex Pettyfer, a teenager with special powers. He and his guardian, Timothy Olyphant (one of my favorite actors), are on the run from their intergalactic hunters.
It turns out that Pettyfer is one of the last of his kind sent to earth to hide until he reaches his full power and can stop the hunters. There were nine other youths sent to earth to hide each with special abilities that will help them against those that would harm them. Each is being hunted down in order (one through nine) and Pettyfer, number four, is next.
On the run Pettyfer meets a human girl Sarah, played by Dianna Agron. This is the only part of the film that feels a little like Twilight. Apparently Pettyfer’s kind only loves once and his feelings for Sarah, who he knows for about a week, are too intense to move past, so he must face his attackers. Love that never dies, very Twilight-esque.
There are some flashy special effects and enough of a plot to make the movie engaging. Really the biggest problem with the film is that it is clearly a set up for a sequel. One thing that can ruin a movie for me is if it doesn’t end at the end of the film but instead leaves the door open for another movie. It feels like a two-hour set up.
Want to go see a not very good movie? I suggest going to see “I am Number four,” it’s not very good. But it’s also not that bad.