“You have no idea what I’m capable of. “ – Alex Pettyfer as John Smith
What’s good: The special effects are top notch.
What’s not good: Too many night scenes make it hard to see.
What happened: John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) seems like an ordinary teenager. He enjoys the beach life with his friends on a warm Florida day. Later that night, severe pain catches him completely off guard freaking out everyone. Henri (Timothy Olyphant) finds him unconscious on the beach that morning. John is the fourth of nine special children sent to earth long ago. Each child left their planet with a warrior for protection and Henri is his. An evil force named the Mogadorians are hunting them one at a time. We see what happens to child number three at the beginning of the movie. The pain in John’s leg means life will get more complicated from this day forward.
Henri believes it is time to move again but John is tired of running. They leave anyway headed for Paradise, Ohio. Henri warns John to lay low as he finishes his investigation into their new hiding place. John just can’t do that and enrolls into school. Meanwhile, an unknown blonde girl (Teresa Palmer) tracks them.
Sarah (Dianna Agron) gets in trouble at school for bad behavior. She hopes her photographic talents will get her out of the small town. Mark (Jake Abel) has a problem with anyone talking to her. This will certainly create problems for John in the future. Sam (Callan Mc Auliffe) is a nerd living a miserable life. He and his father were publicly ridiculed for their research. Henri later finds out just how important this research was.
Strange things begin to happen to John. He experiences an abnormal sensation right in the middle of class. These are the first of his legacies. More of his legacies (or powers) come out at the town fair. A mysterious blue rock holds the key to his survival. John must either keep running or finally take a stand and fight.
‘I am Number Four’ is a good movie that could have been so much more. The special effects are the best part of the film. The romance is corny but the action is great. Sadly, this movie feels like it is missing something. A more developed story would have made this film better. Most of the action takes place at night to show off John’s unique abilities. It is too hard to see what is going on when it gets dark.
Bottom Line: A good sci-fi film with excellent special effects. Just be mindful of a lacking storyline.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
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