I'm not going to lie ... I was definitely looking forward to the Steven Spielberg/Michael Bay produced I Am Number Four. It looked like it had a lot of what I like in a film. Its even directed by D.J. Caruso ("Eagle Eye", "Disturbia") both films I absolutely loved. Its based on the novel by James Frey with the same title that I have not read. The book is the first of a planned six.
The film revolves around a stranger, Number Four, with mysterious powers, having to hide himself from the public eye so as not to reveal himself, which has him and his warrior guardian, trying to live a normal life while trying to stay off the grid. Number Four is part of of a group of nine infant aliens from the planet Lorien with the power to defend their race. But, before they could mature, their planet was wiped out.
Now these nine have been raised on Earth along with their guardians, and only six of them remain. As they grow, they discover "Legacies" that they have. Individual powers that can help them defeat the Mogadorians, a race intent on wiping them out. Number Four has to discover his legacies, while keeping his identity hidden, and try to blend in with the humans.
Sounds super geeky I know but what pans out is a mediocre first half of a film setting up the story and characters. The last half of the film really takes off with superb special effects, amazing fight scences and a couple of twists. And when it ends you are really disappointed that there is not another hour of film. It is definitely set up for continued sequels based off the future books but I'm sure this depends on the success of the first film.
Even though I was looking forward to this movie I was super surprised at how good it was. Especially at how good the effects were and the little bits of comedy sprinkled throughout. While this is a really good film it not perfect. Like I said the beginning is slow moving and it is sprinkled with few corny one-liners. Also Number Six totally steals the show at the end with some amazing fight scenes.
Definitely the first must see film of the year!