Imagine the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 being dropped into Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters from the X-Men movies and you’ll have a sense of the uneven pastiche that is I Am Number Four.
This is a film that can almost serve as a new edition of the DVD-based game Scene It? where you have to identify the sources of scenes, sets and dialog. The opening was clearly inspired by the recent film Predators, I recognized a number of ideas inspired by the perpetual running story of the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and there was also a generous dose of Twilight, both in the story and specific scenes in the film. By itself, inspiration isn’t a bad thing, but it’s up to the scriptwriters and director to turn those scenes and ideas into a coherent film.