A young college student, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) has been on the run all his life from a species of aliens who destroyed his home planet and are bent on killing the last remaining 9 special gifted kids who escaped. John has had to change identities from town to town to keep his whereabouts a secret from the pursuing aliens. He has had the help of a guardian named, Henri (Timothy Olyphant) to stay one step ahead of the Mogadorians who are the hostile species who devastated his home planet. Anytime one of the surviving 9 is killed by the Mogadorians, the other survivors are branded with that murdered one’s number. It has been many years since John has felt the pain of a survivor being eliminated, but now it has happened again and there have now been a total of 3 survivors killed since they all were sent to Earth to escape extinction.

Henry informs John that they must once again move, because he is surely the next one they will come after. When John all of a sudden discovers that he is gifted with powerful abilities, he goes to Henry for answers. Henry tells him that he and the other 8 babies that were chosen all have unique gifts and where all destined to join together to finally put an end to the Mogadorians planetary annihilation. John is tired of running, and has met a girl that he has fallen for, named Sarah (Dianna Agron). As much as he wants to live a normal life, Henry informs him that he doesn’t stand a chance at defeating the Mogadorians on his own, and must seek out the other remaining 6 if they are going to have any chance at surviving. Unfortunately John’s time has run out as the aliens track him down in the new town. Luckily John won’t have to fight alone, as he is also found by Number Six (Teresa Palmer) who has already learned to use her abilities and has been searching for the remaining 6 survivors as well. Together they will stand their ground and try to defeat the approaching danger, but will the Mogadorians prove to be too much for just the two of them alone?

Now usually when a movie comes from out of nowhere with a trailer, within weeks of its release, that’s a sure sign that the movie will be terrible and has been sitting on the shelf somewhere. That’s was my first thought when I saw the trailer for this movie, but had not heard or read about it earlier on. I have to admit that it was ok. The characters were good, the storyline was decent, and the special effects were not too bad either, except for maybe the whole glowing palm thing. The action was pretty good as well once it came down to the finale battle between the two alien, species. The Commander of the Mogadorians (Kevin Durand) was really good as the evil leader bent on taking out the 9 survivors, and anyone else in his way towards planetary domination. The cast also included Jake Abel as “Mark”, the school football star who didn’t want to see Sarah with anyone else but him. Also with a supporting role was Patrick Sebes as “Kevin”, a UFO nerd who is befriended by John. The movie turned out to be pretty decent, and I could see a sequel being more action packed than this one, because now all of the character development is out of the way. I give this movie 2 out of 4 stars. It was entertaining, and the effects were good. The movie ran 1 hour and 44 mins. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for language. It was written by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Marti Noxon, from source material from the novel “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore & Jobie Hughes. It was directed by D. J. Caruso. The film was produced by Bay Films, Reliance Big Entertainment. It was distributed by DreamWorks Studios.

Sometimes it’s good to be special. Ezo
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