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Pierce Brosnan lacks the requisite Neeson-like conviction for this blundering conspiracy caper
A techno-thriller for people a bit intimidated by their smartphone, I.T. is a dull-witted movie that pits Pierce Brosnan’s millionaire businessman Mike Regan against troubled computer genius Patrick (Jason Barry). When Patrick is rebuffed by Regan’s daughter, he turns the family’s hi-tech house against them. Brosnan lacks the conviction of Liam Neeson when it comes to the middle-aged badass genre.
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- Wendy Ide
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, James Frecheville, Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott, Jason Barry, Brian F. Mulvey, Martin Hindy, Clare-Hope Ashitey, David McSavage | Written by Dan Kay, William Wisher | Directed by John Moore
When his daughter complains about their home’s dodgy Internet connection, high-flying executive Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) brings in I.T. guy Ed (James Frecheville). Overestimating the breadth of their friendship – by assuming that they have one – the spurned tech guy turns stalker, using his computer skills to infiltrate and attack the family on every level. They’re gonna need a better firewall.
It may have a grizzled, craggy former James Bond as the lead, but this is no Taken riff. In spite of its ultra high-tech trappings, I.T. is a remarkably old-fashioned stalker movie, reminiscent of the likes of Prey, Pacific Heights, One Hour Photo or, um, The Cable Guy. It’s the sort of thing you might see Nicolas Cage »
- Joel Harley
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