Pierce Brosnan has become the poor man’s Liam Neeson, cranking out B-movie thriller after B-movie thriller for the VOD market like he’s GM in ’50s Detroit.
The enjoyably preposterous and disposable I.T. is the latest model.
This time around, he’s Mike Regan, an aviation tycoon who’s launching an IPO for a new app that’s the “Uber for private jets.” But his presentation is marred by technical glitches that the freelance brainiac I.T. guy Ed (James Frecheville, Animal Kingdom) rapidly solves.
Impressed, he gets Ed to come to his high-tech home to fix his Internet issues and puts him on staff.
Faster than you can say “Wi-Fi,” the crafty but creepy Ed is lusting after Mike’s teenage daughter (Stefanie Scott) and he keeps making excuses to hang around her. When Mike kicks Ed out of the house and fires him, Ed goes into full Fatal Attraction mode but instead of boiling a bunny he becomes the ghost in the machine, haunting the family through their technology: their smart home, smart car and smartphones.
It’s a fun premise even if there are so many logic flaws and inconsistencies that, if finding them were a drinking game, you’d be face-down drunk by the very predictable third act.
Chief among the problems is that while I.T. is supposed to take place in the U.S., the cityscape in this shot-in-Dublin project looks about as American as Blarney Castle.
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☆☆ 1/2 (out of five)
Director: John Moore
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, James Frecheville, Anna Friel
Rated: Unrated (violence, brief nudity)
Running time: 95 min.