An extraordinary young man, John Smith, is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events -- his first love, powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. (Source: movies.yahoo.com).
It was with great anticipation and excitement that I journeyed to the movies yesterday to see I AM NUMBER FOUR-that based on the trailer seemed it would offer an exhilarating and thrilling ride. Was I exhilarated and thrilled by the experience,continue reading to find out.
What's Good about the movie:
The Last 30 minutes of the film is the best thing about the film.This is where we are introduced to #6, who along with #4 are a few of the remaining 9 specially gifted youngsters from planet Lorien who are being hunted by the Mongadorians ( an invading race who destroyed their planet).#6 totally steals the show with her sass,attitude and acting and last but certainly not least her super ass-kicking abilities. I totally believe that the producers and casting directors missed an opportunity here as #6 should have been cast as #4 which would have really made this an awesome movie.#6 (played by Teresa Palmer who has been in the Grudge 2, Bedtime Stories and The Sorcerer's Apprentice) totally stole the show and had a much bigger impact than #4.
The fight scenes and special effects were also commendable due largely in part again to #6.
What's Bad about the movie:
We are introduced to relatively newcomer Alex Pettyfer who more looks like he belongs in a CK underwear ad than as the lead in a feature film. He doesn't connect to the audience and is less than believable in his role as #4 but I'm sure teenage girls and tweens everywhere would beg to differ.
The quintessential boy meets girl love story:
This to me felt very forced and unnecessary but may be due largely to the #4's acting.
In the end I loved the last 30 minutes of the film again due mostly in part to #6 which somewhat salvaged the almost 2 hr experience.
I'll give this movie a C. I know teenage girls would be lined up around the block screaming to get in to see this Sci-fi take on the Twilight series and may just have enough fight scenes,effects and action at the end to appease the young male.