‘I Am Number Four’: A (mixed) review and Alex Pettyfer photo gallery

Feb. 18, 2011 | 4:22 p.m.

Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey had mixed feelings about “I Am Number Four” on several counts. Here’s an excerpt:

Dianna Agron, Alex Pettyfer and Teresa Palmer at "I Am Number Four" cast event held at Hot Topic on Feb. 12 in Hollywood. (Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images)

Actor Alex Pettyfer, producer Michael Bay and actress Dianna Agron arrive at the premiere of DreamWorks Pictures' "I Am Number Four" at the Village Theater on Feb. 9.

After narrowly escaping a dangerous explosion, John (Alex Pettyfer) emerges from the burning embers determined to fulfill his destiny. (Dreamworks)

John (Alex Pettyfer) displays his newfound abilities to Sarah (Dianna Agron) in a tender moment in "I Am Number Four." (Dreamworks)

I Am Number Four,” the appealing new kid-on-the-teen-angst block, reverberates with much of the same dark combustible mix of action and romance that’s been fueling the “Twilight” vampire mega-franchise for a while now. The issues of the heart have shifted from the undead to the otherworldly, and the battles have been amped up considerably, but its fate still rests on the basic boy-meets-girls story, which frankly could use a bit more bite.

Alex Pettyfer, another lean and comely Brit with moody charisma in the Robert Pattinson vein, and sugary soft Dianna Agron (“Glee’s” head Cheerio) are our star-crossed high school sweethearts John and Sarah. She’s grown up in the small town of Paradise, Ohio, and poses the film’s burning question, “Who are you?” Well, my pretty, he’s a stranger from another planet and already at the mercy of destiny, and when destiny is on your dance card, love doesn’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. For all the crazy anyone could ask for there are the deadly aliens of planet Mogadore.

Pettyfer’s John and his guardian-warrior-pretend dad Henri (Timothy Olyphant) are refugees here. They and a handful of others are all that’s left after the Mogadorians decimated planet Lorien, which is just like Earth except everyone looks hot. John’s one of nine survivors all coming of age now, all with super powers surfacing, all with a protector like Henri, all being systematically picked off by those alien bad boys…

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– Betsy Sharkey

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11 Responses to ‘I Am Number Four’: A (mixed) review and Alex Pettyfer photo gallery

  1. Jackie says:

    I saw this film on Wednesday Night, and I absolutely loved it!! It had lots of "jump out of your seat" action moments!! This film is categorized as Action/Adventure/Suspense/Thriller‎, but should add comedy to the list, because it was funny too. There were some lines that were cheesy, but I thought the way they were used was genius and quite refreshing. It also gives a good message to young viewers.

  2. Jamie says:

    Movie was and will remain horrible and Dianna Agron was the same character as Glee and Burlesque – she can not act.

  3. Harriet Bee says:

    Saw this movie last night and I absolutely didn't care for it!! It had lots of "jump out of your seat and walk to the car" moments!! I would categorize this as Tired/Unorigninal/Dull/Embarrassing, but should add unwatchable to the list, because it was unwatchable too. My popcorn was buttery, and my Coke was quite refreshing. It also has a good message, which is: a movie doesn't have to be in 3D to hurt your head after a while.

  4. Dee says:

    I enjoyed the movie, but it was nothing earth-shattering. It could have used a bit more passion between the leads; I just wasn't feeling the teen-angst. Alex Pettyfer was pleasing to look at, and I'm looking forward to seeing him in Beastly next week. I'm also hoping he'll take on the role of Jace in The Mortal Instruments movies; he's perfect for it.

  5. Ter05 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed it and so did my friends who went as a family. Alex Pettyfer was wonderful, Dianna Agron was pretty flat – didn't get the chemistry there, Callan McAuliffe was really impressive as Sam, and Teresa Palmer was striking as Number Six. Timothy Olyphant was good as usual and as in the book, I hated to see him die. There was enough action and special effects for the guys and that part was well done. Several of us had read the book but not all. Nice that it was as intense as it was and yet not something to have to cringe to have kids watch. Some of us are going back to see it again this week.

  6. zillaman says:

    so sorry to the people involved in this horrible movie. and to steaven spielberg please don't have your name attached to projects you have no control over. unless you really don't care because of your well established reputation in the sci-fi cinema making. i wish there was somthing for me to point out from this movie though there is not because there is no point. the movie trailor is better, and it's sad. the movie should have gone out straight to vhs. eaven the cgi was a let down, please people we don't need a number 5-6 or any for that. i am number what ever at the ticket count in the box office or victim i should say, realy this is the time to shine not blind us. there is no particular point i would like to addres in this movie well because it had no point. and this is just my unwanted opinion. zillaman out.

  7. zillaman says:

    lamo do not bother with this one. truly boring incipid, awfull,just some of the kindest words i could think of to let you know how i and my fam. felt while watching i am number four…

  8. Misty says:

    I loved the movie! The cinematography was wonderful, so was the music. After seeing it I bought the book and read it. There has been a lot of comparison with Twilight. The only similarity I see is that there is romance involve and teens. Honestly they're very different especially when it comes to story. This one has one, not all of it comes across from the book to the screen, which is unfortunate and i feel like people get confused somewhat as to the events. And not to sound like a Twilight hatter but this is way better than the 3 movies that came out, yea I've seen them all.
    Also, Pettyfer nailed the character of John, which was a surprise to me. I Am Number Four won themselves a Fan!

  9. Tree says:

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! IT IS AWESOME AND ALL THE CHARACTERS DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I HAVE SEEN IT 16 TIMES AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!!!!! ALEX IS GORGEOUS!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IT!!!! :O)

  10. David says:

    As an older person I like fantasy & some sci-fi movies, but this is one of the more modern ones I really enjoyed. Nothing again the Twilight saga folks, but your material is far more boring, and the actors in this particular movie were more attractive & better actors. I hope they work on a seguel for I Am Number Four. The conclusion left itself open for at least one or more sequels, and I'm glad, because I enjoyed this more than just another vampire drama that drags along with very little action to it. This is one movie I'll add to my DVD Blu-Ray library, but I'll probably wait to buy after the series concludes.

    • Terry says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. Write Paramount like I did. Maybe if they hear personally from folks like us they might more seriously think about a sequel.

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