I am Number Four – another Clark Kent
In a planet where we are slowly but surely killing ourselves, a story about an almost extinct alien race hiding on Earth should appeal to all ages.
I am Number Four is about a group of alien children, nine exactly, who are sent to hide among the Earthlings after their planet is destroyed by another alien race and adapted from the book by Pittacus Lore.
Directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) and produced by Michael Bay (The Transformers series), Steven Spielberg (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial), Chris Bender, C. J. Spink and David Valdez (The Book of Eli). Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker, Tormented) takes the lead role as Number Four aka Danny/Johnny, Timothy Olyphant (Hitman) as Henri, the guardian/warrior, Diana Argon (Lucy from Glee) as Sarah Hart, the love interest and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Number Six with Cullen McAuliffe (Rhys from Packed to the Rafters) as conspiracy theorist Sam Goode.
The story centers on Number Four, a teenage alien from the planet Lorien who is forced move from location to location in order to avoid the Mogadorians, an alien race that feeds off other planets. In the course of the film we are told that nine Lorien children were sent to Earth to escape the invasion and destruction of their race. Three have been murdered by the Mogadorians and Number Four is next on the list.
Pettyfer seems to take to the role like a duck to water with his experience in Operation Stormbreaker. We are introduced to his character with a jet skiing scene where he does a somersault in race with his human friends, who do not know about his true origins. Number Four later will start noticing strange powers he begins to develop much like Clark Kent in Smallville who slowly finds out about his powers.
Olyphant too, seems to fill in the role of an alien guardian/ warrior quite well, probably channeling his experiences portraying an almost emotionless Agent 47 in Hitman.
It was also refreshing to hear an Australian actress use her native accent in an American film. Palmer who plays Number Six gives this international film an Aussie taste. Unlike her role in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, this time she has cool powers which she uses to kick alien butt.
With the growing concern about climate change and global warming this film brings a message about protecting the Earth with a touch of romance, action and adventure.
The ending scene is probably template from Transformer as Optimus Prime sends out a message. In the end, Number Four sends a warning about protecting Earth. However, unlike Transformers, the end had me asking more questions and left me a bit disappointed, partially satisfied and more curious than the start.