I Am Number Four Reviews
Such is the premise of 'I am Number Four', with the main protaganist as a teenager, who hides the secret that he is not really from this world and who is slowly discovering his powers (think Smallville!) in the small Ohio town of Paradise.
Very much a sci-fi movie for the Twilight crowd, this is unfortunately not really all that gripping or exciting - not one I'd be looking out for again.
One of the best things about the Harry Potter films (at least the early ones) was that they didn't take themselves too seriously. They knew their source material. They knew they were based on fantasy novels, and they embraced that and had fun with it. "I Am Number Four" fails to do this. Despite its absurd premise, "I Am Number Four" insists on taking itself too seriously, and as a result, is not as fun as it has the potential to be.
Don't get me wrong; there is a lot of potential here. But with a plot filled with bad, clichéd teenage drama, "I Am Number Four" is geared more towards young adults, unlike Harry Potter, which appealed to audiences of all ages. Instead, this is more like "Twilight" for guys, and so the range of its appeal is limited. Nevertheless, with some improvements to the acting and screenwriting, this is a series I could possibly get behind, and I wouldn't mind if they make a sequel.