Opening 17 Mar 2011
Writing credits: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Marti Noxon, Jobie Hughes, James Frey
Principal actors: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe
They’re among us, though probably not in Roswell, as in the TV series. A few Loriens – human-looking aliens from planet Lorien – escaped from their home planet when it was conquered by their enemies, the Mogadorians. John Smith/Number Four (Alex Pettyfer) is one of nine Loric teenagers with unique abilities who have a special destiny to fulfil. John and his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant) move from place to place, always leaving when their security is compromised. Although the Loriens try to blend in and keep a low profile, their deadly enemies hunt them down one by one. Three are already dead, and Number Four is the next one on the list. Too bad that keeping a low profile can be quite a challenge when you’re in high school, look like a model and have supernatural powers – like Number Four. When Sarah (Dianna Agron), who loves looking at the world through a camera lens, publishes pictures of John on the internet, trouble isn’t far away. But this time Number Four is in love and refuses to run.
This fast-paced thriller with relatable characters, lots of action and dramatic fight scenes is fun to watch from beginning to end. Teenager or not – if you like stories combining science fiction and fantasy with real life, you’ll probably enjoy this film. If you enjoy it so much that you hope for more: The book I Am Number Four, written by Jobie Hughes and James Frey under the name Pittacus Lore is only the first book in the Lorien Legacies series. (Christa Greiff)