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Reviews: 'I Am Number Four,' 'Unknown'

Alex Pettyfer and Teresa Palmer are shown in a scene from the 2011 film, 'I Am Number Four.' (Courtesy DreamWorks II Distribution Co.)

February 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
This rainy weekend makes it a good time to go to the movies. New at theaters are a sci-fi mixed with romance and a mystery mixed with action.

In "Unknown," Liam Neeson believes he's married to January Jones. But after being in an accident and then in a coma, his life is suddenly not making sense. Plus, someone would like to see him dead.

"Unknown" also features Diane Kruger, who teams up with Neeson to help solve the mystery before she becomes one of its casualties.

The action is done well and it keeps the movie moving at a fast pace. You will likely figure out the intentions of a couple of characters, but I don't think you'll be able to unravel the real mystery until it's unraveling on screen. It's a good surprise.

And that's what keeps you interested in watching, being able to guess along the way.

This is not a perfect movie. There is a formulaic feel to it, but Neeson's intensity as a man who wants answers and will stop at nothing to get them makes "Unknown" a better movie.

In "I Am Number Four," Alex Pettyfer plays a high school student who finally feels at home. But he's actually very far from home. He's here from another planet and some evil forces want him dead!

They've already killed three, and he is next on the list.

When I first saw a trailer for this movie weeks ago, I thought it looked awful. In this case, don't judge a book by its cover. The film really surprised me.

On one hand, it's a sci-fi flick, complete with monsters and mayhem. On another hand, it's a sweet romance between two teenagers falling in love. And on his hands, it's a mystery thriller.

The film's cast - Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer and Timothy Olyphant - are all engaging to watch.

On paper, the idea of this film seems silly. On the screen, it's pure popcorn.

"I Am Number Four" is aimed at the younger set, while "Unknown" is more for the adults in the household. But both should entertain you. Just don't expect either to be on your top 10 list at the end of the year.