While on queue for the movie I Am Number Four, the lady in front of me asked the ticket seller “What’s this movie about?” and the employee in the booth answered, “It’s a sci-fi action film.” The movie started at 2:30pm and lo and behold, all the action and sci-fi scenes started an hour later. More than half of the film turned out to be the love story of John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) and Sarah Hart (Dianna Agron). It should’ve been classified under ‘teenybopper action thriller with alien invasion” movie. On the other hand, the experience of watching this Michael Bay movie was generally entertaining.
Drawing inspiration from Pittacus Lore’s six-book series (yes, this is just the first installment), I Am Number Four is about a 15-year old alien who is “Number Four” among the nine human-like Loriens hunted down by silly-looking Mogadorians; and these Voldemort look-alikes chasing our hero can instantaneously be exterminated to dust by staking them the way Buffy The Vampire Slayer does. And so the “alien walks among us” theme is perfectly integrated throughout the movie backed up with cool special effects. Honestly, I got surprised and almost jumped off my seat twice because of some startling scenes and sound effects.
Bottomline: are aliens real? This issue surfaces in countless Hollywood films and TV shows that has entertained us for years.
Whether based on truth or make-believe, sci-fi flicks bring me back to my younger years and rekindles my belief that I have undiscovered super powers. 6 ½ out of 10 stars for this movie I watched last weekend.