I Am Number Four

SCI-FI; 1hr 51min

STARRING: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron

An perfect 10: Pettyfer and Palmer

Being an alien on Earth is a tall enough order. But try being an alien in the guise of a strapping teenage boy (Pettyfer as John Smith), perpetually on the run from another ET species. In addition to being fiendishly unattractive, with serious skull tatts and matching Matrix-y overcoats, these towering uglies are also killing off the nine remaining survivors of John’s kind, one by one in. The first three on their hit list are already dead. John is number four. He’s a broody dude, and so is his killjoy guardian (Olyphant), but who wouldn’t be in their sticky shoes? And even though there are superpower compensations and a girl who John is keen on (Glee’s Agron), he’s not exactly free to date…


Twihards should swallow this mix whole. Teenage aliens (Palmer is number six)! Small-town American high school! Romance a-brewing between two really good-looking stars! Sure, it’s pop corny. But with D.J. Caruso directing a screenplay based on the hit 2010 book by Pittacus Lore (aka co-authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes) and the cast taking matters very seriously, it’s also kind of crazy-cool — especially when the wildlife gets going.