I.T.- Film Review
The first thing that resonates when one profiles an I.T. guy usually involves someone dependable with computer-related intelligence accompanied by an air of content introversion. However, I.T. a film directed by Jason Moore puts a different spin on things, with everything that is meant to be kept in privacy displayed for the whole world to see.
Although it might be elusive to the rest of the cast, it is immediately obvious to the viewer that the I.T. nerd named Ed Porter (James Frecheville) is a bit unhinged. The movie starts with scenes of Ed taking pictures of a waitress inconspicuously in a cafe, followed by several other scenes of him putting the icing on top of his “neurotic” tendencies. Ed, a newly hired employee first befriends and then terrorizes airplane tycoon Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan), his wife Rose (Anna Friel), and his teenage daughter Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott) by invading their privacy and ruining their lives with his supreme “internetting” skills.
Regan, the tycoon, is poised to expand his business with a new-style app that will allow aircraft owners to lease their jets, almost like an Uber for aeroplanes. He goes public with his company, doing the investor rounds before the intended IPO (Initial Public Offering on the stock exchange) through a series of Powerpoint presentations.
The movie has a beat-by-beat predictability about it, and in the midst of one of these crucial presentations, there is a technical glitch, which the newly-hired temporary IT guy, Ed Porter quickly fixes saving the day for Regan and cooing his prospective investors.
Regan, relieved and grateful, asks Ed to rid his smart house of some technical glitches (slow wifi, etc.), and is so impressed by the young man’s efficiency that he offers him a full-time job. The movie intensifies when Ed develops an unwelcome piercing interest in the family. He sends a Facebook friend request to Regan’s daughter, and afterwards shows up on impromptu visits for dinner and volunteering to give Regan’s daughter Kaitlyn a ride home after school.
The movie in essence does not stand out from other films of a similar nature, as the script is basically a hollywoodification of hacking with computers that glitch for no apparent reason and an array of codes that run across the large computer screens in Ed Porters creepy apartment. It shows that the script writers did not do much research on the subject while the directing by Jason Moore is full of flashy camera moves and wild editing tricks to cover up the stale screenplay.
The movie’s only saving grace is the acting skills of Pierce Brosnan. His character, Regan, exudes a smooth confidence, constantly lounging around in chairs sipping matured scotch and issuing instructions in an authoritative tone. Regan displays consistent personality traits like patting his employees on the back and saying “good man” in a humorous Scottish accent. The bad guy in the movie, Ed does a great job at making the audiences believe that he is mentally unstable with the odd twitch here and there through his obscene disconnectedness from reality stemming from his obsession with a life behind monitors.
The movie isn’t bad, however it isn’t all too good either. It is packed with some genuinely tense scenes and head bashing action, in a literal sense, which is perhaps where its entertainment lies.