I Am Number Four

Rated PG-13 104 min. 2011

Basically, what you’ve got here is a Twilight movie with a better-looking leading man, a less morose leading lady, aliens instead of vampires, orphan issues, and some explosions because it was produced by Michael Bay. So exactly what do we get with this sci-fi variant? Well, let’s see. There are these refugees from the planet Loria. There are, or were, nine of them, each with some kind of guardian protector. At the film’s opening, there are only seven left, because the evil Mogadorians who destroyed all the rest of their kind are determined to get these remaining specimens. Roughly, it turns out that these survivors are all that stands between the Mogadorians (who unlike our model-looking heroes are really ugly) and, yes, the destruction of Earth. After the requisite exciting opening, there are only six left. Our focus is on John (Alex Pettyfer), and his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), whose own cover is blown when John has some kind of pubescent awakening that causes him to glow at the knee. (Most puberty events take place a little higher, but perhaps things are different on Loria.) This — and the fact that John is Number Four and next in line for the Mogadorian chop — puts them in the gravest of peril. So they take it on the lam to some berg in Ohio (there’s ultimately a reason for the locale, but chances are you won’t much care). There’s tepid teen romance, a big ending, and the groundwork for a sequel, which hopefully won’t happen.

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Official Site: findnumberfour.com

Director: D.J. Caruso

Writer: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Marti Noxon

Producer: Michael Bay

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand and Callan McAuliffe

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