"Action movie" is a term used pretty loosely here. For the first hour, this was a damned episode of Dawson's Creek with a whiny alien thrown in. It's like the filmmakers found a list of teen movie cliches and crossed them off one by one. The newcomer's first day of school, the wonky locker, the dick football player, the bullied science nerd, etc. I almost fell asleep.
John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is new to Paradise, Ohio. He's secretly an alien from another planet, on the run from otherworldly assassins. He's spent his life on the run from the deadly Mogadorians alongside his protector Henri. (A mercifully talented Timothy Olyphant) His attempts to blend in at his newest home are thwarted when the school bully takes things too far too many times. He also is careless enough to make friends and to fall in love. Of course, this complicates things. (Oh, the angst)
There are at least ten other actors I'd pick for this part before Pettyfer, and that includes Robert Pattinson. (Hey, at least RPattz can hold an American accent for one scene) He's either unconvincing and boring or trying way too hard. Dianna Agron is gorgeous, but underwhelming. Thankfully, both Olyphant and Teresa Palmer are awesome, though under-used. Callan McAuliffe earns a nod as the supporting geeky friend, Sam.
If you can make it to the second half of the film, it's not half bad. But a good movie doesn't make you wait.
Becoming Number Six: Showcasing Teresa Palmer's training for her fight and stunt work. We got the chance to talk to the adorable and effervescent Palmer on Joblo's GEEK CHICKS and it was obvious she had a blast doing this movie. She's just as excited and fun in this segment. I dare you to not fall in love with her.
Blooper Reel: Some funny gag clips, fun to watch especially for Olyphant.