I Am Number Four Movie Review–Wait For The Sequel
Ah, the growing trend of turning everything into Twilight. We’ve got Red Riding Hood coming up looking to bring out Twilight with more werewolves, and some are already calling I Am Number Four the Twilight of alien invasion movies. They’re not too far wrong, sadly, though this is a bit more entertaining than Twilight, but only just a bit.
I Am Number Four follows the Loriens, who have, in the grandest Kryptonian fashion, sent nine of their young folks off to Earth to be raised by Protectors. The displaced Loriens are a powerful set of kids, with all sorts of bizarre superpowers, but as is generally the case with this sort of thing, it takes training to use them properly. The displaced Loriens also have a bigger problem on their hands, the psychopathic Mogadorians, who apparently managed to put paid to everyone on Lorien, but will somehow be killed by nine kids with superpowers. This is the first of many such plotholes. Anyway, the kids are rapidly being killed off by Mogadorians, and the first three are already down. Now, they’re on their way to take out Number Four, who’s been moving around the United States for years under a variety of names. And he’ll have to survive the Mogadorian onslaught long enough to learn how to use his powers and find the rest of the kids to have any shot of taking down the Mogadorians.
Seriously, I could go down a list of plotholes this movie’s packing. Like how a small town in Ohio, where Number Four spends most of the movie, has sufficient wealth to make both a camera store and guitar shop viable businesses but not sufficient to host a community college. Or how Number Six, who Number Four will encounter later in the movie, knows so much about her planet while Number Four spends most of the movie surprised by LITERALLY EVERYTHING. It goes on like this.
Now, this was actually a book to start with, apparently, so maybe some things have been lost in translation, like pretty much every Harry Potter fan will huffily point out every time I mention a plot hole in the movies. But still–a movie should not come with required reading just to get anywhere with the plot. A movie needs to be self-contained, with maybe some points left open for sequels (as this one so clearly did). Worse, it took almost an hour for I Am Number Four to start getting interesting, and much of the last few minutes was a terrific rolling fight scene but even here they didn’t take long to start setting up that sequel, which is inevitable, because we’ve got all sorts of unanswered questions in here.
Still though, it’s not bad–it’s certainly not the reprehensible train wreck that Twilight was–and will prove at least watchable. Though if you take a pass on this one until it hits on video and the sequel comes out, you might feel better about the whole thing.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives it a passable five out of ten, and looks at least somewhat forward to seeing where we go with this.