I Am Number Four

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

I Am Number Four (Touchstone Movie)

“I Am Number Four” is a science fiction action film released in 2011, directed by D.J. Caruso and based on the novel of the same name by Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes). The film stars Alex Pettyfer in the lead role, along with Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, and Dianna Agron.

The story revolves around John Smith (played by Alex Pettyfer), a young extraterrestrial being from the planet Lorien. He is one of nine gifted teenagers who escaped to Earth after their home planet was destroyed by a hostile alien race called the Mogadorians. The nine survivors are known as the Garde and have unique abilities or Legacies, such as telekinesis, super strength, and the ability to control elements.

John is known as Number Four and lives in constant danger as the Mogadorians, led by the ruthless Commander (played by Kevin Durand), are hunting down and killing the Garde in numerical order. As the fourth in the sequence, John knows that he might be the next target. He is under the protection of Henri (played by Timothy Olyphant), his guardian and mentor, who helps him keep a low profile and constantly moves him from place to place to avoid detection.

John’s life takes an unexpected turn when he moves to a small town called Paradise, Ohio. There, he tries to blend in and live a normal life while attending high school. He meets a girl named Sarah Hart (played by Dianna Agron), with whom he develops a romantic relationship. However, he cannot hide his true identity and his abilities for long, especially when the Mogadorians close in on him.

As the action intensifies, John must come to terms with his destiny as the chosen one to lead the Garde in a final battle against the Mogadorians. With the help of Number Six (played by Teresa Palmer) and his new human friends, he must embrace his powers and confront the forces threatening not only his life but also the fate of the entire planet.

“I Am Number Four” offers a thrilling blend of science fiction, action, and romance. The film showcases impressive special effects and intense action sequences, making it an exciting watch for fans of the genre. Alex Pettyfer delivers a compelling performance as the reluctant hero, while Timothy Olyphant and Teresa Palmer add depth to the supporting characters.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, “I Am Number Four” has gained a dedicated fan base over the years, especially among young adult audiences. The film’s exploration of themes like identity, friendship, and the fight against evil resonates with viewers, and it has become a cult favorite among science fiction enthusiasts.

I Am Number Four

Additional Details


  • Alex Pettyfer: John Smith
  • Dianna Agron: Sarah Hart
  • Teresa Palmer: Number Six
  • Timothy Olyphant: Henri
  • Callan McAuliffe: Sam Goode
  • Kevin Durand: Mogadorian Commander
  • Jake Abel: Mark James
  • Jeff Hochendoner: Sheriff James
  • Greg Townley: Number Three
  • Reuben Langdon: Number Three’s Guardian
  • Judith Hoag: Mrs. Hart
  • Brian Howe: Frank
  • Charles Carroll: Mr. Goode
  • Ken Beck: Jackson
  • Tucker Albrizzi: Tuck
  • Emily Wickersham: Nicole
  • Patrick Sebes: Kevin
  • Andy Owen: Bret
  • L Derek Leonidoff: Mr. Berhman
  • Garrett M. Brown: Mr. Simms
  • Megan Follows: Supermarket Cashier
  • Sabrina de Matteo: Physics Teacher
  • Cooper Thornton: Mr. Hart
  • Jack Walz: Sarah’s Brother
  • Bill Laing: Demented Farmer
  • Beau Mirchoff: Drew
  • Cody Johns: Kern


  • Director: DJ Caruso
  • Producers: Michael Bay
  • Screenplay: Alfred Gough, Marti Noxon and Miles Millar

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