I’ve grown up loving the Sci-Fi genre, watching Star Trek when I was a little boy with my mum, to now watching Stargate. Having read only the movie description before entering the cinemas, “John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is ‘Number Four’.” I did not hold high hopes for what turned out to be an action packed Sci-Fi thriller.
The movie starts by building the story line in a dark forest where we see ‘Number Three’ get killed by aliens in quite a dull and dark start to the movie. Of course, we are then introduced to the main character, John, better known as ‘Number Four’ who is enjoying life as a normal kid at school. Interestingly when I was reading other reviews on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) website, an exact opposite review was posted, stateing that they loved the start of the movie and disliked the rest.
After we have been introduced to John, he moves to a new town and starts a new school. This is where the movie falls into the usual plot of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy discovers super powers and saves the day with the help of another girl with super powers – classic tale really.
The above description sadly outlines the way the movie plays out, very predictable. Putting this aside, the fight scenes are well made, the special effects are very cool and the acting is above par for this type of movie. Let us not forget the poor acting job of Hayden Christenson who played Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode Two.
I walked out of the film feeling unchallenged (apart from the reappearance throughout the movie of a special box which was never opened), yet, strangely satisfied. I Am Number Four will not be up for any Oscar nominations in the near future but is an enjoyable movie to make you kick back, relax and forget yourself for a few hours!
In Cinemas from Thursday 24 February 2011
Reviewed by Drew Patchell