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iBoy (2017)

TV-MA | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 27 January 2017 (USA)
After being shot, Tom wakes from a coma to discover that fragments of his smart phone have been embedded in his head, and worse, that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a strange set of superpowers.

Director:

Adam Randall

Writers:

Joe Barton (screenplay), Joe Barton | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Milner ... Tom
Maisie Williams ... Lucy
Miranda Richardson ... Nan
Rory Kinnear ... Ellman
Jordan Bolger ... Danny
Charley Palmer Rothwell ... Eugene
Armin Karima ... Ant
McKell David ... Hazzard
Shaquille Ali-Yebuah ... Cass
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Cutz
Leon Annor ... Keon
Petrice Jones ... Shotgun
Cameron Jack ... Headteacher
Lucy Thackeray Lucy Thackeray ... Michelle
Christopher Colquhoun ... Dr. Bale
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After being shot while calling for help trying to stop a violent attack on his high school girl, a 16 year old boy awakens from a coma to discover that fragments of his smart phone have embedded in his brain, giving him superhero powers. He uses this knowledge and technology to exact revenge on the gang responsible for the attack.

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Trivia

The second time Bill Milner plays a character that develops super powers. The first was as young Magneto in X-Men: First Class (2011). See more »

Goofs

Around 45:00 iBoy is making up several small packages of drugs with smiley faces on them that he took from the gangs hideout and in doing so he is not wearing any gloves. When the forensics team finds them they are wearing gloves. iBoy's finger prints are all over them making him the prime suspect instead of the gang members who he is trying to frame. See more »

Quotes

Ellman: You don't call the devil then get upset when he turns up.
Tom: You're not the devil, you're just a cunt.
Ellman: I suppose I am a bit, yeah.
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Connections

Features Plants vs. Zombies (2009) See more »

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Swim
Written & Performed by Douglas Dare
Published by Erased Tapes Music
Courtesy of Erased Tapes Music
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Pretty Bad
30 January 2017 | by TherzThzSee all my reviews

I gave this movie a watch despite it's poor title choice. It's not particularly engaging and doesn't have a very good hook. Although the acting and cinematography are good.

A boy gets his smartphone smashed and embedded in his head, and gets super powers from this. His powers are never really explained, but it looks like he gets a heads up display of electronic items. As well as being able to control electronics with his mind. Such as speaking over radios and taking money out of online bank accounts.

Most of the characters are high school students and small time criminals. It's supposed to be gritty and street, but it's hard to believe. How are these kids so well armed? Why do they have access to all these drugs? What is ANYBODIES motivation? These are only some of the unanswered questions.

I think one of the main shortcomings is that audience age demographic wasn't properly decided on. Most of the actors are high school age, as well as most of the drama and comic relief. But the plot line and suspense is something from a more adult crime movie. The result gives us some incongruous action and unbelievable characters.

It's like a cross between 'Attack the Block' and '71'. Taking the characters from Block, and the convoluted plot from 71. But lacking all the congruity and charm of each project.

It looks good though and is well made. Everything but the plot is well executed. The super power angle ends up taking a back seat to the same old re-hashed Brit crime tropes after the first half. The climactic ending seems familiar. The establishing shots of London are the same as always. The cockney crime boss is just as menacing as in every other movie....

*Sigh*

You could completely avoid this movie and you'd miss nothing. Or if you like faux gritty Brit street movies then you'll find the good in this.


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English

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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