Monday, February 20, 2017

Movie review: I.T.

Mixing business and pleasure is a bad idea as Mike is about to learn. As owner of a jet leasing company, with a beautiful home, wife, and child, Mike has it all. Or maybe he just has a lot to lose.

Pierce Brosnan (Mike), James Frecheville (Ed), Jason Barry (Patrick), Anna Friel (Rose), Stefanie Scott (Kaitlyn), Clare-Hope Ashitey (Joan), David McSavage (Andy).

I.T. begins nicely with brief introductions and set-up before moving quickly to the main plot. Mike's jet leasing company has made him wealthy and he seems to have it all. Befriending a new I.T. consultant Ed, things only get better. Until Ed begins to covet Mike's daughter, leading to a falling out between the two and Ed focusing his I.T. skills on making Mike's life miserable. Once the plot is set-up the film steps up to a good pace with a fair amount of action, drama, and thrill. The only downside here; the plot is familiar and the ending textbook, bringing nothing new to the genre.

Acting was decent with Brosnan still able to fill a varied role and deliver nicely. Frecheville was an appropriately creepy stalker and his role fit well. Friel, Scott, and the remainder of the supporting cast did a solid job.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are solid with a realistic, elegant feel that fit the film well. Action scenes were pretty good with a solid feel. Dialogue was reasonable but a bit bland. Sound and soundtrack were okay.

Overall I.T. is a decent thriller with pretty good technical work. Sadly there isn't anything new here. The plot is familiar, including the ending, and while the film moves along well it never develops more than mild energy. Finishing with an ending that can be predicted before even seeing the film doesn't help. While dedicated genre fans may enjoy this one, others may feel the story is repetitive.

With some solid violence, blood and gore, sexuality, and foul language, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 2.8.17
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Irish Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery

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