Numbers game fails to add up

Numbers game fails to add up

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It's official. The trend of teens with superpowers seeking normal lives has reached saturation point. I Am Number Four is based on the novel of the same name - the first in a proposed six-book series. After watching the movie, however, you pray the filmmakers won't be as ambitious as the publishers.

The title stirs your curiosity, but not for long. Nine teens have survived the mass annihilation of the planet Lorien. They possess special powers - or "legacies" - and flee to earth. They are bonded by a mysterious curse, where they can only be killed in a set order. Numbers One to Three are dead.

Number Four (Alex Pettyfer) lives a nomadic life with guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), constantly moving to avoid the Mogadorian Army. Soon he's fed up with his lifestyle - he's actually met a girl, Sara (Dianna Agron) - and decides to take on the army, with the help of Number Six (Teresa Palmer) and Sam (Callan McAuliffe), who believes his dad was abducted by aliens.

Agron, primarily a TV actor (most notably in Glee), seems awkward in the semi-romantic scenes with love interest Number Four. In other words, she looks like she's acting. Pettyfer is not much better - he comes off more as a model, less a superhero.

Along with the dull, stiff dialogue, and lack of chemistry between actors, the film is essentially a mess.

Leave the superhero stuff to the experts at Marvel.

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