Veteran director D.J.
Caruso (Salton Sea,
Disturbia) guides this
mildly compelling sci-fi thriller about a high school student (Alex Pettyfer) with
secret, still burgeoning supernatural skills and the big, ugly alien
enemies who'll do anything to exterminate him.
Caruso has been adept
at crafting entertaining, if flawed, thrillers out of B-level
material in the past, and he does his best here, employing the film's
many special effects with largely seamless precision. But, while the
story injects a few interesting twists on how technology has impacted
modern life, its central concern is nothing new: a coming-of-age tale
in which our hero discovers his true love (played by Glee's
Dianna Agron) and his own, distinct identity. Pettyfer and Agron make
for a suitably swoony couple, but I
Am Number Four's various baddies are about
as subtle as the film's overblown final act, which leaves little
doubt about the possibility of another go-around. Grade: C-plus
Opens Feb. 18. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.