I Am Number Four – 2011

Language: English

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Romance, Fantasy

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

Director: D.J. Caruso

Music: Trevor Rabin

Reasons to watch: I would suggest you stop with watching the trailer!

Reasons not to watch: Where do I start???!?!?!

Storyline: With the Twilight Saga coming to an end and the flashy vamps bowing out in 2012, Hollywood tries to build a new franchise with I Am Number Four, to yet again take advantage of all the suckers for over – dosed romance and superhero antics.

John Smith aka Number Four (Alex Pettyfer) is an alien-teen-superhero-fugitive on the run from a barbarous enemy clan known as the Mogadorians. Led by his protector Henri (Timothy Olyphant), Number Four comes to Earth and attempts to settle down in the quiet suburbs of Paradise, Ohio, as one of those kids with no ties to his past (Although he sometimes exhibits his extra-terrestrial prowess with glowing xenon-like hands and telekinesis). Here, he stumbles upon Sarah (Dianna Agron), and soon D.J. Caruso takes us on a disastrous boat ride through a love tunnel which is reminiscent of yesteryear Bollywood couples running around trees! But, there is no time for the mutually zonked out couple to engage in their juvenile romance because obviously there is villainous interference by the manic Mogadorian Commander (Kevin Durand), who tracks John to Ohio. With an imminent Mogadorian attack, Number Four, his homosapien buddy (Callan McAuliffe) and Number Six (Teresa Palmer) prepare to fight back, simultaneously striving to fulfill their legacies.

Climax Handling: Absolute snoozer that shamelessly flaunts weak stunts, dull special effects and haphazard usage of CGI heroics. There is a twist at the end, but it is very mundane and only a half-brained attempt to make way for a sequel.

Points: English actor Alex Pettyfer’s performance is painfully unbearable and he constantly nags the audience with his dubious version of the American accent.

Rating: 4.5/10

Comments: Based on Pittacus Lore’s best seller “I Am Number Four”, the movie lacks the electrifying vivacity that would have made it a colossal hit.