Image Entertainment has released the latest Pierce Brosnan drama/thriller I.T. on Blu-ray. Read on to find out if I.T. is a day one purchase or if it needs turned off and on again.
Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful business man with a loving family. He has everything anyone could possibly ask for, even a state of the art “smart home”. However an evil I.T. person (James Frecheville) decides he wants to be part of this perfect family at any cost and inserts himself into their world. What happens next? Not much actually.
If you are like me (and I know I am) as soon as I started reading the description I thought “so this is a mixture of Cape Fear and Firewall“? That’s exactly what it ends up being unfortunately (or fortunately depending on what you are looking for). I.T. is basically your typical computer thriller written by people who know very little about either computers or what makes a story thrilling. The cast seems pretty much wasted by weird decision making and a ludicrous plot.
This is not really to say that there is anything offensive about the storytelling, just that it is your typical “bad movie”, it is basic and bland. There really isn’t anything new to see that hasn’t been done before many many times. The director John Moore has previously done the films Max Payne, A Good Day to Die Hard, Flight of the Phoenix, Behind Enemy Lines, and the Omen remake. These films are pretty indicative of the type of movie he makes. However you feel about those will probably be how you feel about I.T.
Audio and Visuals:
I.T. is presented on a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound with English SDH and Spanish subtitles. This is a moderately budgeted production and therefore the action is mostly brief but sounds nice here. The sound designs aren’t going to win any awards but the dialogue is clear and works as intended.
The visuals are consistent with the sound in the fact that this is a decent production but it doesn’t have the polish and shine that a big budget picture would. The detail is clear and the film has a stylized color palette. It tends to hover more in the blue/green spectrum of the color wheel. Personally this gives it more of an artificial look and tends to lean more towards a modern television show look than a theatrical one. However this is purely a personal preference and may not be a noteworthy thing to all viewers.
Behind the scenes of I.T. – At around 8 minutes long this is a typical behind the scenes interview plugging the film.
I.T. Final Thoughts:
I didn’t find much to love in the story or acting in this film. I suppose if you are a really big Pierce Brosnan fan he might be interesting enough for 96 minutes of story, but he wasn’t for me. Nothing is really memorable in the film although frankly I have seen worse movies. Obviously there is nothing wrong with I.T. being a typical movie, and every film doesn’t have to break new ground. However my interest level kept getting lower the longer the movie went on because I felt like I had already seen it. There are no new surprises found here.
If a silly plot and characters making bad decisions don’t bug you very much then you might be able to tolerate it more than I could. I think if it does sound like your kind of movie then I suggest at least waiting just a little bit until it reaches the bargain bin. There is no reason to spend retail price on it in my opinion. I suggest adding it to your Amazon wishlist and waiting for the inevitable discounted sale.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.