From the director of “Eagle Eye” and “Disturbia” (D.J. Caruso) and producer Michael Bay (Transformers) comes another high-action thrill ride with special effects galore. Surprisingly enough, “I Am Number Four” did not have Shia LaBeouf playing the lead characters, as the others did.
Alex Pettyfer stepped in to play the lead character, John Smith; a seemingly average teenager whom we come to realize is really an alien from outer space. In total there were nine aliens, each with their own guardian, but one by one, the aliens were being killed off in chronological order by another alien race known only as the Mogadorians. John was next, for he was number four.
John finds his home in a small town in Ohio. There, he must deal with every day teenage issues, including dealing with a bully, who has a personal vendetta against him, because he’s spending a great amount of time with Sarah (Dianna Agron, from Fox’s GLEE), who he is beginning to develop feelings for. He also befriends Sam, a nerd who is a UFO enthusiast that claims his real father was abducted by aliens. All the while, he has to deal with the fact that he was slowly developing extraordinary abilities. Light was illuminating from the center of his palms, he had super strength and agility, telekinesis, and more.
It comes with no surprise that Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the creators of the hit CW TV show “Smallville” (a show about a boy developing super powers) were the screenwriters of this film. What I did like about the movie was the fact that most films involving super-human abilities deal with the hero just wanting to be normal but have an overwhelming responsibility to use their powers for good. This one is about a teenager wanting to test the limits of his abilities, but use them for good in the meantime. Plus, the movie leaves a possible sequel open for thought.
Also, keep an eye out in the film for Warsaw, IN, where John briefly goes to in the film.
One thing viewers may not realize about the film when watching it is the fact that is based on a book with the same title, written by Pitticus Lore, and spent seven straight weeks on the top shelf of the children’s chapter of the New York Times Best Seller List. So, if you’re not in the mood to watch the film, you could always stop by the Saint Joseph County Public Library and check out the novel instead.
“I am Number Four” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on May 24th, 2011.