Pierce Brosnan is one of many actors who used to be a blockbuster-opening weekend kind of A-list star who only really did huge movies. But like many stars he has morphed into an actor who does a lot of direct to VOD/DVD movies now. 10 years ago a direct to video career was frowned upon and looked at as a move only for those who couldn’t get big screen work. But much has changed. Pierce’s last few movies direct (or close to direct, sometimes just a limited theatrical run) have been excellent such as Survivor with Milla Jovovich, The November Man, and No Escape with Owen Wilson. The freedom to do more movies on slightly lower budgets opens up actors to more frequent roles and a wider range of characters. His new film, I.T., arrives on shelves this month and is another solid film to add to his resume.
Mike Regan (Brosnan) has it all. He is a self-made success with a profitable private airline company and is about to branch out into a new venture that could revolutionize private air travel. After a mishap during a presentation Mike befriends a new I.T. tech at his company, Ed Porter (James Frecheville), whose skills saved the day. But Ed seems to think he is closer to Mike than he should and starts uncomfortably inserting himself into Mike’s private life, prompting Mike to fire him. Unfortunately that sends Ed off the deep end and spawns an all out war with Ed using his considerable skills to completely derail Mike’s life. Now Mike must fight back to regain everything he has worked so hard for and protect his family from a potential madman.
I.T. is based on the familiar trope of the societal outsider who is spurned and goes crazy. Kind of a Fatal Attraction/Single White Female/Hostage sort of deal. But it takes a fresh enough approach and has the added bonus of featuring the always excellent Brosnan. The technological element added some nice differences as well and really makes ones paranoid to even turn on your computer again. James Frecheville is also great as well as the unhinged Porter. Everytime he appears on screen he is unsettling. I.T. is a thoroughly entertaining thriller with a solid cast and plenty of suspense. Let’s hope Brosnan keeps knocking these out. Highly recommended.