I.T. (film)

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I.T.
I.T. Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by John Moore
Produced by David T. Friendly
Beau St. Clair
Screenplay by Dan Kay
William Wisher
Story by Dan Kay
David T. Friendly (uncredited)
Starring Pierce Brosnan
James Frecheville
Anna Friel
Stefanie Scott
Michael Nyqvist
Music by Timothy Williams[1]
Cinematography Ekkehart Pollack
Edited by Ivan Andrijanic
Production
company
Voltage Pictures
Irish DreamTime
Friendly Films
Fastnet Films
22h22
Distributed by RLJ Entertainment
Release date
September 23, 2016
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Ireland
France
Denmark
Language English
Box office $114,536[2]

I.T. is a 2016 thriller film directed by John Moore and written by Dan Kay and William Wisher. It stars Pierce Brosnan, James Frecheville, Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott, and Michael Nyqvist and was produced by David T. Friendly and Beau St. Clair, who was Brosnan's producing partner at the production company Irish DreamTime before her death. The film was released on September 23, 2016, with a limited release and on video on demand.[clarification needed]

Plot[edit]

Mike Regan is a self-made aviation tycoon who lives in a state-of-the-art smart house full of modern technology with his wife Rose and 17-year-old daughter Kaitlyn. Mike's company is developing an app called "Omni Jet" which will increase business while the company raises much-needed financial capital with a stock offering. However, it requires U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval.

At the company, Mike meets Ed Porter, a 28-year-old information technology (I.T.) consultant and calls him to fix his home's Wi-Fi signal, which his daughter complains is slow. Porter also upgrades the Global Positioning System (GPS) in Mike's car and claims that he also worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) and had taken part in a military exercise in Kandahar.

Porter meets Kaitlyn and starts a relationship with her through social media, but Mike fires him after Kaitlyn invites Porter into the house; this ends his promising career at the company. Devastated, Porter begins to remotely access Mike's private data and his house as he covertly monitors them through the security cameras and devices all over the house. He also spies on Kaitlyn and secretly records her masturbating in the shower.

Porter sends fake emails to Mike's clients and the SEC, threatening the company's survival. He also takes full control of the house's technology, which leaves the family terrified. He uses a spoof email to send Rose fake mammogram results, saying that she tested positive for breast cancer. Rose is extremely distressed, but her test results were actually negative according to her attending physician. After Mike becomes aware that Porter has done this, he attacks Porter and threatens to kill him if he does not stay away from his family.

Porter then uploads the video of Kaitlyn masturbating online, immediately catching the attention of her schoolmates; she is mortified and blames her father for installing the technology in their house. Angered, Mike drives to see Porter but he is also being monitored by Porter, who mockingly telephones him through the car navigation system and sends him the video. Porter then remotely activates the car's brake system, hitting a nearby stalled truck and destroying the car.

Mike requests help from Henrik, an I.T. expert, who says that Mike must destroy all the smart technology in the house and delete his emails, bank accounts and computer files. Henrik explains that Porter's real name is Richard Edward Portman and that his father committed suicide when he was six years old. He also reveals that he never worked for the NSA, as he claimed, and the photograph of him with soldiers in Kandahar was fake. To allow Mike to obtain evidence from Porter's apartment, Henrik creates a diversion by stealing the phone of a waitress at a coffee shop with whom Porter's obsessed and texting Porter, telling him to come to the coffee shop. While Porter is gone, Mike manages to steal the thumb drives containing the evidence and escape just as Porter realizes it is a diversion.[clarification needed] Realizing that the masked man that he saw in his apartment was Mike, he frames him for assault.

After the police release him, Mike returns home to find Kaitlyn and Rose ziptied and their mouths gagged with tape by Porter, who holds the family at gunpoint.[clarification needed] A struggle ensues; Porter shoots a window and Mike punches Porter, who hits his head and lays dying as Mike holds the gun to his chest, but Rose begs Mike not to shoot.[clarification needed]

Some time later, the company's employees applaud Mike and his family for successfully developing the app and their house is restored.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was first announced in October 2013 as a revenge thriller with Pierce Brosnan headlining the project. It was set to be financed by Voltage Pictures and directed by Stefano Sollima.[5] In August 2014, it was revealed that John Moore had replaced Sollima as the film's director, and commissioned a complete rewrite of the script by William Wisher.[6] Stefanie Scott was cast in April 2015 as the daughter of Brosnan's character,[7] and that the film was to start shooting in June later that year, in Ireland.[8] A month later (in May), it was reported that Anna Friel had joined the cast as the wife of Brosnan's character and that James Frecheville would play the young antagonist.[9] Michael Nyqvist joined the project a few days later.[10] It is the last film produced by Beau St. Clair before she died from cancer.[11][12] Principal photography began on June 25, 2015,[13] and finished on July 29, 2015.[14]

Release[edit]

RLJ Entertainment acquired the film's North American distribution rights and aimed to release the film in a limited number of theaters, and on video on demand, in September 2016.[15] The theatrical trailer for the film debuted in August 2016.[16]

Reception[edit]

I.T. received negative reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 10% based on 40 reviews and an average rating of 3.6 out of 10.[17] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 27 out of 100 based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'I.T.' Soundtrack Announced". Film Music Reporter. September 7, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "'I.T. (2016) International Box Office Results". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Clean Break's Adam Fergus on how he landed a dream film role with Pierce Brosnan". Irish Mirror. September 27, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Taylor Swift's Younger Brother Austin Swift Makes His Acting Debut in Tech Thriller I.T." People. August 6, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Pierce Brosnan Stars In Voltage Thriller 'I.T.'". Deadline. October 3, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Voltage Sets John Moore And William Wisher For Pierce Brosnan-Starrer 'I.T.'". Deadline. August 26, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Stefanie Scott Joins Pierce Brosnan Starrer 'I.T.'". Deadline. April 28, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "John Moore's 'IT' to begin shooting in Ireland in June". ITFN. April 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Anna Friel & James Frecheville Join Pierce Brosnan's 'I.T.' – Cannes". Deadline. May 15, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Michael Nyqvist Logs On For Indie Thriller 'I.T.' – Cannes". Deadline. May 22, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (January 11, 2016). "Beau St. Clair, Pierce Brosnan's Producing Partner, Dies". Variety. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ Barnes, Mike (January 11, 2016). "Beau St. Clair, Pierce Brosnan's Producing Partner, Dies at 63". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Pierce Brosnan sports an impressive gash on his face as he takes a break from filming new thriller I.T. in Dublin". Daily Mail. June 25, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Instagram Pierce Brosnan Official: That's A Wrap On My Movie "I.T."". July 29, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pierce Brosnan's 'I.T.' Acquired By RLJ Entertainment For September Bow". Deadline. July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "It's Pierce Brosnan vs. One Crazy Hacker in Exclusive Trailer for Techy Thriller 'I.T.'". Yahoo. August 4, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "I.T. (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  18. ^ "I.T. Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 

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