I.T. (2016)

it-pierce-brosnanJohn Moore’s “I.T.” is like a digital version of “Fear,” where a young charming man is able to slide in to a normal family’s life by means of trust and quick wits. Pierce Brosnan does a good job with the sometimes half baked material as rising mogul Mike Regan. Regan is a man who is bordering on financial ruin and has invented a private form of uber involving custom jets. After a failed presentation, Regan garners the help of temp Ed. After Ed saves the presentation, Mike takes him within his inner circle, allowing him to work on his home automated system, and to relax with him. When Ed meets Regan’s young daughter Nancy, he begins to form an obsession that involves gradually intruding on Regan’s life with his family. When Regan warns Ed to back off, soon Ed begins a mission to make Regan’s life miserable, and it involves using his technological skills.

Sadly, Regan’s life revolves around computers and technology, and it becomes very easy for Ed to not only infiltrate Regan’s personal life, but to destroy everything he’s worked toward over the years. The cast pull in fairly solid performances, including James Frencheville who is very slimy as Ed, the mentally unbalanced young man whose skill for computers makes him a danger at every turn. Brosnan and Frencheville work well as a pair that turn from friends to foes very quickly, while Richard Nyqvist is very good as an enigmatic hacker hired to combat Ed’s terrorism on Regan’s family. That said, a lot of elements in the story simply don’t add up, in the end, calling to question some holes in the film’s logic. Wouldn’t Regan hire the best technical team in the world if it meant keeping the presentation for his business running freely?

If Regan has proof by his very team that Ed broke in to his computer system, hacked his files, and ruined a lot of his records, why didn’t the police believe Regan? Even if Ed hid his finger print while hacking the computers, wouldn’t Regan’s team be there to testify to the fact that Ed is basically breaking the law? And why did the police buy so easily that Ed was beaten up by Regan when there was never any convincing proof that Regan ever actually touched him? Wouldn’t there have to be some DNA or physical evidence to show Regan interacted with Ed at some point? And why would Regan break in to Ed’s house to steal his high tech computer equipment when he makes it abundantly clear he can’t even operate his cell phone? In either case, despite the gaps in the logic, “I.T.” ends as a solid thriller with some respectable performances from the cast. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t entertained the whole way through.

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