Posted on 2/22/11 05:24 PM
"I Am Number Four" starts out promisingly enough with an intriguing concept and the right blend of beautiful people and science-fiction. Sadly, it never comes to fruition.
The dialogue is disappointing and fairly paper-thin given the gravity of what these kids are dealing with (only survivors of their home world, chosen to defend it etc). Alex Pettyfer's Number Four has enough muscles, blonde hair, and good looks to fill the screen but he is let down by pedestrian story-telling that relies too much on CGI and stunt work (which is quite good) than actual drama. Timothy Olyphant's Henri is an interesting character but we barely get to know him and he is ultimately underutilized. Dianna Agron has zero charm, is bland all the way around and we're supposed to believe that Number Four is in love with her? Then there's the lovable sci-fi nerd Sam who is befriended by Number Four and who coincidentally had a father that was researching Number Four's people.
This is intended on being the first part in a series of films, given it's ending, and there is a promise with the introduction of Teresa Palmer's Number Six who breathes some life into the film as the rebel without a cause (except she has a cause - survival) who helps save the day. Other than that, this film is a miss from D.J. Caruso who helmed the under appreciated 'Disturbia' and it's a shame because there are some fun moments in the film. Ultimately wait until this is out on video or one of the movie channels because it is easily digestible but also as easy to forget.