Review – I Am Number Four

Remember when vampires used to be cool before the ‘Twilight Saga’ turned them all emotional and sparkly? Yep, the rule book was thrown out the window and into a chipper. Get ready for aliens to undergo a similar transformation with the arrival of ‘I Am Number Four’, a sci-fi flick for the Twilight generation. In ‘I Am Number Four’ John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an alien with special abilities living secretly on Earth with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant). An evil race of aliens is hunting down nine teenage aliens with similar abilities to John, they have killed three of them and John is number four on their list. Things get tricky when John arrives in a new town and falls for Sarah (Diana Argon) and is torn between is destiny and his heart. ‘I Am Number Four’ is a decent sci-fi flick with a good story, some nice special effects and great action, it’s just dripping with too much teen romance and some hammy acting to make it a real winner.

The screenplay for ‘I Am Number Four’ is nicely crafted by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Marti Noxon. Combined they all have some great experience working in the genre with Gough and Millar working on TV’s ‘Smallville’ as well as ‘Spiderman 2’ and Noxon spending some time on the series of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. The story plays out nicely and they do a good job of setting up the story and the characters in obvious hopes this film is turned into a franchise and with the ground work done it’s deserving of a second or third run. The special effects are a great and work effectively in complementing the action which is another highlight especially in the final battle of the film. Sadly the film doesn’t hit the action button enough and when it finally gets going in the finale it’s all over too soon.

‘I Am Number Four’ is certainly ticking all the boxes for a great sci-fi flick but it drowns in its attempts at teen romance. During certain parts of the film it gets a little too sappy and instead of watching the main character carve up bad guys with his new found alien powers we have to sit through characters talking about their ‘feelings’. The performances are pretty average and a little hammy at times with Timothy Olyphant dangerously underused.

‘I Am Number Four’ does a good job of setting up a potential sci-fi franchise but when you break it down it’s just ‘Twilight’ with aliens.


The Popcorn Junkie