John Moore’s I.T.

​I.T. is that hard R thriller that has dark twists and turns, creating a rewarding moviegoing experience in a genre of film that has been sorely lacking.   The film packs a punch and takes itself places that are as shocking as they are refreshing in an era of oversaturated gloss and CGI.

Clocking in at a lean 95 minutes from filmmaker John Moore and screenwriters William Wisher and Dan Kay, the film doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and tautly finishes to a mysterious, yet rewarding ending. 

Pierce Brosnan has gone through an interesting period post Bond.  He’s dabbled a little in the spy/action genre, but he’s also stepped back and played many anti-Bond roles, and this film is certainly one of them.  Brosnan takes on the role, in a such a restrained and psychical way, he throws enough shade that leaves us questioning the integrity behind that dashing and dapper businessman.

The narrative wraps itself in the culturally relevant world of cyber attacks and lack of personal privacy and security in our post 9/11 world.  Brosnan plays a self-made aviation tycoon who in personal financial strain, opts to make his business public, launching a new app that is essentially Uber for the ultra rich seeking quick travel via private jets.

His business and personal life are flipped, as he becomes victim to a sociopathic intern who turns any and all smart devices that Brosnan and his family use against them.  It’s a slick story, that knows the terminology and world it lives in, without ever running the gambit of ever over explaining anything.  

Perhaps the strongest suit of the film is an airtight screenplay, and a Tangerine Dream esque score by Tim Williams that creates an atmosphere of digital age threat and paranoia.  I.T. is a very good adult oriented thriller crafted so well, with such attention to detail, that it’s a film that stands incredibly high on its own originality.

I.T. is currently streaming on Netflix.

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