RANDALL J. WILLIAMS – The Corsair
By DreamWorks Studios
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for language.
The incredible fight scenes and story make “I Am Number Four” a title worth seeing. Based off the book of the same name, this tale of super powered aliens vs aliens doesn’t disappoint.
Earth seems to be the battlefield or destination for just about every form of alien violence shown in most fictions. The story revolves around Number Four or “John” as he and his protector “Henry” try to stay undercover from a horde of aliens hunting them as well as the other aliens around the world like them for necklaces that are apparently part of a plan to conquer Earth.
The movie also shows an emotional side as John ends up wanting the life of a normal human boy; but with the constant moving and changing identities he hasn’t been able to.
Eventually, John and Henry move to Paradise, Ohio where John goes to high school and ends up meeting future allies in the form of a photographer who is also the top quarterback’s ex-girlfriend, the apparent science nerd who gets picked on by the football team and a dog that follows him just about everywhere.
The relationships between these three characters to John starts very distant(since he’s trying to keep a low profile) but quickly shows to be his deepest, possibly only second and third to his relationship to his protector, Henry.
However, even though there is a sentimental and emotional side to this movie, the action is what really makes it. John begins to develop super abilities like the other number named aliens including but not limited to super strength, agility and telekinesis. The powers definitely come in handy as the evil hunter aliens, among other things, hunt him down.
Luckily for him, John isn’t the only good guy fighting the aliens with super powers. Another one of the aliens, Number 6 also steps in with a shield able to defend against explosions as well as the ability to teleport and with a few weapons of mass destruction at the helm.
Overall, this is a must-see for action and sci fi fans. It’s action with a decent story to make an excuse for the action mixed in with a few dramatic moments. I give it a 5 out of 5.