Replace Twilight’s hunky vampire with an equally hunky extraterrestrial and you have the selling point for dizzy sci-fi action thriller I Am Number Four. Bidding for some of Robert Pattinson’s heartthrob status, chisel-jawed young English actor Alex Pettyfer plays the film’s young hero, a fugitive alien posing as all-American teen ‘John Smith’ while on the run with his protector (Deadwood’s Timothy Olyphant) from their ruthless enemies, the Mogadorians. Hiding out in a small Ohio town, John falls for local girl Sarah (Glee’s Dianna Agron), befriends bullied geek Sam (Callan McAuliffe) and begins to flex his amazing superhuman powers. But the Mogadorians are drawing ever closer… I Am Number Four has a sluggish plot, yet when the action finally gets going there’s fun to be had. The film’s best asset is Teresa Palmer’s leather-wearing, motorbike-riding Number Six, a fellow alien fugitive who turns up late in the day and kicks Mogadorian butt with panache. But Pettyfer and Agron are so wooden they probably gave each other splinters during their characters’ clinches.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray on 20th June.