I Am Number Four
   Director: D.J. Caruso, Rated M, 119 Mins

Like the brilliant Australian movie Tomorrow When the War Began, DJ Caruso’s thrilling production (following his earlier direction of Eagle Eye) is based on a novel for young adults penned by Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for writers Jobie Hughes and James Frey) and includes young Australian actors in remarkable roles.
   Passing as a typical high school student John Smith (Alex Pettyfer -Tormented) plays an alien from the planet Lorien, who is Number Four in a group of nine Loriens being hunted down by the fearsome looking Mogadorians, who have followed them to Earth.
I Am Number Four
   As revealed in the opening scenes, the Loriens possess special powers but can only be eliminated in numerical order.
   And, each time one of them is killed a decorative scar appears-which is what occurs when John discovers three scars on his leg-indicating that he is next on the list.
   This forces John and his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant-Hitman) to move to the town of Paradise Ohio where he finds himself standing up for the much picked on Sam (played by young Australian actor Callan McAuliffe) against the school bully antics of Mark (Jake Abel - Percy Jackson-The Lightening Thief) besides falling for school sweetheart Sara (Dianna Agron from the TV Series Glee).
   With the day of reckoning approaching John soon confronts the Mogadorians with only his two human friends Sam and Sarah at his side-and the sudden but electrifying appearance of Number Six (wonderfully portrayed by Australian Teresa Palmer from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).
   In creating a new franchise Caruso has replicated the theme from Tomorrow When the War Began, by crafting a sci-fi storyline that includes a group of young people (including young aliens) fighting against an alien force and having renown producer Michael Bay (Transformers trilogy) part of his production team.
   This results in the stunning range of special effects being demonstrated by Number 4 (Pettyfer) and Number 6 (Palmer) in their confrontation with the Mogadorians.
   Caruso has certainly latched onto a fascinating series with the next novel The Power of Six, due out in the coming months and a sequel bound to be as enjoyable and entertaining as, I Am Number Four.

VIC'S VERDICT:       4 Rubber Stamps

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