Friday, January 27, 2017

Now on Netflix: iBoy (2017)

iBoy (2017) - Directed by Adam Randall; Written by Joe Barton; Starring Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Miranda Richardson, Rory Kinnear, Jordan Bolger, Charley Palmer Rothwell.

By Kenny Howell

A movie about a kid who gets pieces of cell phone stuck in his head which gives him superpowers should not take itself so seriously.

But that is what iBoy, the new Netflix original movie, does over its 90 minutes. It doesn't have too much fun with an idea that sets itself up so perfectly to do so.

The titular iBoy is played by Bill Milner, real name Tom. He lives in kind of a rough area of London where his former childhood friends are now gang members. One who is not is Lucy, played by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, the reason a lot of people will watch this movie. One night, Tom hears trouble in Lucy's place, and walks in on a couple of guys attacking her. He tries to intervene, but they turn their attention to him.

After the attack, Tom wakes up in the hospital several days later, and the doctor tells him that he has pieces of his smart phone now embedded in his brain. They can't be removed because there is a fear that it will damage his brain further. The doctor tells him to just let him know if anything weird happens.

Well, weird things happen. He starts being able to see what is happening on people's cell phones, hear their conversations, and soon he can manipulate basically anything that is electronic. He decides to use that ability to track down the people that attacked Lucy. He doesn't have to go very far.

iBoy has a good look to it with a rainy London in constant hues of blue. Milner and Williams are also good in the lead roles, and one of the main bad kids, played by Charley Palmer Rothwell, has one of the most punchable looks. However, it just isn't all that much fun, which it should be. You have to take a leap of faith to think that a smartphone would give a kid superpowers, so you might as well as run with it. Unfortunately, iBoy does not leaving it kind of a mixed experience.

iBoy is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **

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