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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

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 ... Michelle
Christopher Colquhoun ... Dr. Bale
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Storyline

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

Will Poulter was previously cast as Tom. Poulter and Bill Milner (Tom) appeared together in Son of Rambow (2007). 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 »

Soundtracks

Be Right Back, Moving House
Performed by Ghostpoet feat. Paul Smith
Written by Ghostpoet (as Obaro Joe Ejmiwe)
Published by Universal Music Publishing Lts
Courtesy of Play It Again Sam
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Predictable, clichéd, needlessly grim
31 October 2017 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

A teenage boy (Bill Milner), living in the London outskirts, gets shot in the head as he stumbles upon his friend (Maisie Williams) getting raped. Pieces of his phone get blasted into his brain and this gives him the superpower of control over all things electronic. Because of course it does.

And the premise itself is fine. Super hacking as as a power is something you could definitely build a movie around. The way it's depicted here is perhaps the easiest way around the visualization issue, but for a low-budget film such as this one, I'm willing to give it a pass. I also like the two main actors, especially Williams, who gives a very credible performance as a strong person with inner fire brought low by the cruelty of life.

Unfortunately the story and its execution are garbage. The story is nothing more than a revenge fantasy. And that would be fine with the right tone. Many a grindhouse film has been nothing more than a revenge fantasy. But this film tries to be grim and realistic. Grim I could deal with. Realistic is a deal-breaker.

Plus, the central idea, that of super hacking, is not handled correctly. The way the main character gets the powers is cheesy enough that it circles around and lands on the right side of the line. The problem is the way these powers are showcased. Because it's not really super hacking. It's super martial arts, mind control, blaster powers, anything and everything under the sun basically. It's powers as the plot demands, and that is always a terrible idea. Always! Especially if handled this egregiously.

iBoy has a promising idea. It has some acting talent. But it also has terrible writing, uncomfortable morals, lackluster action, questionable plot twists and an overall poor structure. Not recommended.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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