The teaser for I Am Number Four wasn’t terribly engrossing — it smacked of yet another mopey supernatural flick for teens with a bit more special effects. To make matters worse, the lead, Alex Pettyfer, is also starring in that hideous-looking crapfest Beastly, which is an automatic two strikes. BUT… it also stars Kevin Durand, who is always fun (if not somewhat scary) to watch, and the lovely Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Most importantly, it co-stars one of Pajiba’s favorite men… Timothy Olyphant.
And who doesn’t love them some Olyphant (even a graying, bearded wiseman version, as he is here)? No one. No one sane, anyway. Olyphant is up there with The Statham — chicks dig him, dudes love him, dogs probably wish he would adopt him.
Anyway, here’s the new trailer, which gives a bit more of the story. It’s based on a series of young adult novels by Pittacus Lore, which is kind of an awesome pseudonym (don’t know, don’t care what his real name is). The novels are supposedly breezy, kind of intense fun with a solid mythology and some interesting ideas. It could work, I suppose. Here’s the full synopsis:
Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
DJ Caruso, though… Disturbia was decent, mainly due to David Morse, but Eagle Eye was a nightmare committed to celluloid. However, he also directed the very underrated The Salton Sea, so… we shall see.
Check the trailer: