review by Bobby Blakey
Pierce Brosnan is one of those highly underrated actors that has had a great career, but the last few years has been churning out more of the straight to home release features. Like all of them they are hit and miss, but he is always good in them. His latest I.T. co-stars Michael Nyqvist, James Frecheville, Anna Friel, and Stefanie Scott with A Good Die to Die Hard and Behind the Enemy Lines director John Moore at the helm, but does it offer anything new to the thriller genre or will it not be worth a friend request?
I.T. follows a man with a beautiful family and a top of the line smart house. The company he owns is on the verge of changing flight leasing forever. That is, until the relationship with his closest advisor turns nasty, to the point where his teenage daughter is being stalked and his family is under attack through every technological facet of their lives. The idea here is sound, but the execution is pretty by the numbers. As always Brosnan is great in the film, but the story that surrounds him is so generic that you will feel pretty uninspired overall. They have a good lesson here to showcase how our own technology can be used against us, but the reasoning behind this obsession is pretty thin. The guy’s motivation for his obsession and almost instant breakdown makes little sense and feels forced most of the time. There are a couple of directions they started going which made his obsession make more sense and then it derails to something else. This seemed to be an attempt at making it a bigger issue, but instead makes it too convoluted for you to ever really buy into it.
When things start picking up a little over half way through it does get more interesting and adds some excitement, but it just never can climb its way out of the forgettable generic nature that will likely get it lost in the sea of other films on the shelf. If you are a fan of Brosnan then it is worth checking out for him alone, but keep your expectations low.