Positioned as a hip, young romantic-thriller for the iPad generation, I Am Number Four is in fact something of a cross between a bad superhero movie and a mushy Twilight installment
Alex Pettyfer is Number Four, a good-looking blond teen who’s actually an alien living life on the run from gill-faced adversaries intent on wiping out the last nine survivors of a destroyed planet. Forced to relocate to a close-knit town in Ohio, and instructed to stay under the radar by his guardian, the lonely kid ends up drawing attention to himself when he takes on the campus bully, befriends a nerdy classmate, and falls hard for the high school sweetheart.
Barely any fun because the premise is so familiar and because the special effects are fairly standard, this film doesn’t even boast the kind of scorching chemistry between its leads that the Edward-Bella pairing delivers even in the worst Twilight outing. The only cheap thrills are provided in a noisy duel between two monstrous creatures in the climax, but that’s hardly enough reason to waste good time and money on this pointless, predictable film.
I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for I Am Number Four. Avoidable at all costs.