Premiering on Showtime this weekend was this year’s Sci-Fi movie, “I Am Number Four”
“I Am Number Four” is the story of nine alien children who escape to earth in order to hide from a hostile race, the Mogadorians, which have invaded their home planet. The nine of them were “gifted” with special powers which could help them fight back against the invaders. Now, however, the “Mogs” have found them on Earth, and are killing them in sequential order. The first three are dead. “John Smith” is number four.
It’s kind of like an alien assassination game of nine-ball.
Like many super powered teens, John Smith’s powers have only begun to manifest themselves, and he’s having some control issues. He has the ability to shoot backlight from his hands, be really good at parkour, and throw a football like it was shot out of a cannon. He has a personal guardian with him (Olyphant), and the two of them try to stay on the run.
When I first saw the promo clips for this on Showtime, I thought it had an enormous amount of potential.
To be awesomely awful, that is.
It didn’t disappoint.
The aliens are silly looking, they have a ridiculous name, and there’s this shiny veneer of teen angst to everything, from the music to the long held gazes between the awful teen cast. It’s deliciously terrible. The acting was really, really, really bad, the story was lame, and once the gloves come off, the action vacillates between guilty pleasure level entertaining and downright comical. It has an abundance of mockery worthy moments.
It’s obvious that the studio DID put some cash into this flick. They just didn’t put it in the right places, such as a decent script or teens that could act. Plus it’s a Michael Bay production, and you can see his fingerprints on it… Lots of things go boom.
D Mediocre and forgettable if you’re seriously trying to watch a real movie.
B+ If you’re a fan of bad movies that you can play “Mystery Science Theatre: The Home Game” to.