Veteran director D.J. Caruso (Salton Sea, Taking Lives, Disturbia) guides this mildly compelling sci-fi thriller about a high school student (Alex Pettyfer) with secret, still burgeoning supernatural skills and the big, ugly alien enemies who'll do anything to exterminate him
. Caruso has been adept at crafting entertaining, if flawed, thrillers out of B-level material in the past, and he does his best here, employing the film's many special effects with largely seamless precision. But, while the story injects a few interesting twists on how technology has impacted modern life, its central concern is nothing new: a coming-of-age tale in which our hero discovers his true love (played by Glee
's Dianna Agron) and his own, distinct identity. Pettyfer and Agron make for a suitably swoony couple, but I Am Number Four
's various baddies are about as subtle as the film's overblown final act, which leaves little doubt about the possibility of another go-around. Grade: C-plus
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