MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Am Number Four’ an uneven, but fun teen flick

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Supernatural teen in high school, blah blah blah, falls in love with pretty girl, yadda yadda, befriends nerdy outcast, blah blah, learns to control his powers, yadda yadda.
You’ve seen much of “I Am Number Four” if you’ve seen any TV show or movie about a kid in high school who has supernatural gifts.
What you might not have seen, however, is “Number Four’s” awesome ending, full of nail-biting energy and wow-worthy effects.
“I Am Number Four” is uneven, sure, but it’s a lot of fun.
“Number Four” is John (Alex Pettyfer), the fourth of nine teenage aliens sent to earth to escape the terror on their home planet. He’s sent here with a warrior, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), who moves him from town to town to protect his identity.
It’s in this new town that John befriends a nerdy outcast, Sam (Callan McAuliffe) and falls for a pretty photographer, Sarah (Dianna Agron).
If you’ve seen any supernatural high school show, like “Smallville” or “Roswell,” you can pretty much write the first two-thirds of “I Am Number Four” yourself. Nothing new happens.
The climax of the film is what’s entertaining. The bad guys from John’s home planet find him, and the battle is quite epic.
Number Six (Teresa Palmer) makes an explosive and memorable appearance.
The ending leaves room for at least another sequel, if not a whole slew of them.
I was pretty bored for much of “Number Four,” but the ending made up for it. It’s not groundbreaking filmmaking in any way, but it’s entertaining.
“I Am Number Four” is rated PG-13 and is now showing at the Malcos in Tupelo, Corinth and Oxford and Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.

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Scene’s Sheena Barnett gives “I Am Number Four” a B minus.

Wizard Review: Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “I Am Number Four” a B. “It’s like “Twilight, but with aliens.”

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