So apparently this is based on a book or something? I had no idea and had never heard of it before it existed in movie form, but I did become suspicious when they ending was left so wide open you could drive a fleet of sequel trucks through it. I’m somewhat curious about the book now, if only to discover if it’s as badly written as the movie. I need to know which writers to throw constructively critical bricks at.*
Anyhoo, I Am Number Four is a sci-fi alien movie that has a mini-crush on Twilight. There are nine refugee alien children on our planet, you see, on the run from the other aliens who exterminated their species. You can tell the refugee aliens are “good” because they look exactly like humans (except, you know, impossibly good looking) and that the other aliens are “evil” because they look like giant tiger shark-people in black overcoats. The nine kids, now teenagers, each have their own protector to keep them safe until they reach adulthood, at which point the children will gain awesome super-powers.
This is handy, because the protectors don’t seem to have any powers whatsoever, unless you count getting the crap beat out of them whilst holding blue-glowing mini-scimitars. One of them even gets beaten up by a couple of fat computer nerds, for God’s sake. Anyway, for reasons that are never explained, the nine are being killed in a specific order. So when Number Four (Alex Pettyfer) has a vision confirming that Number Three is dead, he knows he is next on the Big Mean Alien Hit List. Immediately he and his protector (Timothy Olyphant) flee, with their hunters in pursuit. Read the rest of this entry »