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I Am Number 4

This is Hollywood pulp aimed straight at the teen market. Clearly I don

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST


I Am Number 4
  • Genre:
    Sci-Fi Thriller
  • Cast:
    Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer
  • Director:
    D.J. Caruso

I Am Number Four about an alien, who hides in a small-town in Ohio and falls in love with his high school classmate, has generated buzz as the next Twilight. But this is a film so bland and formulaic that it makes the Twilight films look like Citizen Kane.

Alex Pettyfer plays the alien, John Smith, who was only one of nine to make it out of their planet, when the vicious Mogadorians attacked. Each of the nine has a specific power. But now the Mogadorians have followed them to earth and threaten to wipe out the human race.

The first three have been killed and John is number four. I couldn?t figure out what made the Mogadorians so angry but they snarl incessantly and even have a frothing, dinosaur-like beast that they shuttle around America in a closed truck.

There is no logic or narrative to speak of ? which would be fine if the special effects were crackling but director D. J Caruso doesn?t even give us any spectacular battles.

This is Hollywood pulp aimed straight at the teen market. Clearly I don?t fit into that demographic. I?m going with two stars.
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