It May Be “Number Four” But It’s Not Number One

One ticket to Alex Pettyfer’s new film: $11.00. Popcorn, a large coke and M&M’s: $14.00. Getting the opportunity to meet and talk to this hot, up and coming heartthrob: priceless.

“I Am Number Four,” directed by D.J. Caruso, is about John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), a seemingly regular teenager, who must deal with more alterations concerning his physicality and lifestyle than most his age.

Watching the movie, I kept feeling eerie twinges of deja-vu. Then I realized, it wasn’t me, but rather the film’s uninspiring similarity to some of science fiction’s most popular stories, such as “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “Tron Legacy.” In fact, that was exactly what the film was, a mere mixture of all three.

You have the regular teenage girl, who isn’t actually so much “regular” as she is different, mysterious and an outcast.

Then you have the misunderstood, gorgeous, masculine, yet somehow extremely sensitive, new guy, who falls in love with “different girl” because she’s different, of course. Oh, and can’t forget the part where he saves his one and only’s life by catching a cop car mid-air before it causes her face to get very acquainted with the cement.

Actor Alex Pettyfer stars in “I Am Number Four.” (Photo Courtesy of Terry Hines & Assosciates)

And lastly, you have the girl realizing her suspicions about the new hot boyfriend were true all along, but not in time to give a proper goodbye before he has to go off and fight werewolves. Oh, wait, that’s another movie. Nonetheless, add in a few sort of impressing visual effects that any Tron and Potter fan would approve of, a couple of evil, scary looking villains, and you’re watching “I Am Number Four.” Ultimately, the only remotely inspiring thing about this film was the main actor, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and whose talent and looks far outweigh those of Edward Cullen.

He walked into the room with a plain blue baseball cap, white T-shirt, jeans and one of the best smiles I’ve ever witnessed. I had never seen or even heard of Alex Pettyfer before watching “I Am Number Four,” but one might recognize Pettyfer, who began his acting career in 2005, as the male lead in “Wild Child,” a film about a rebellious teenage girl (Emma Roberts) whose parents send her to a boarding school in the UK. Speaking of the UK, that’s where Alex was born and raised, and when asked how he feels critics there would receive the film, he had no doubt that because “the film has a great love story” that people can connect with “and lot’s of action and adventure,” it will appeal to audiences everywhere, despite differences in location. He goes on to state that it’s easy to relate to John Smith because, “at some point, we all feel like an outsider, and John is an outsider who believes he wants a normal life, but can’t have it because of the secret he has to protect.”

Granted, I didn’t find the film as captivating or unique as he might have, but it didn’t prevent me from noticing the immense amount of talent Pettyfer has as a young actor. Even though I didn’t find the role he played very original, I maintain that he played it very well. Had another actor played John Smith, I’m not so sure I would have watched the entire film. I can’t figure out if his good looks make him talented, if his talent highlights his good looks, or if he’s just both extremely talented and good looking, but whatever he has is working for him, and fortunately it’s working for the producers, too.

Ultimately, if you’re on the fence about this one, I recommend you wait until it’s on DVD, but don’t dismiss Pettyfer as a “here today, gone tomorrow” Hollywood heartthrob, because after he discussed his upcoming film, which also stars Justin Timberlake, he made me realize he might just have some serious promise.

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