Michael Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is the owner of a major aircraft company who is on the verge of releasing the IPO of an app that seeks to change the face of the aviation industry, and in so doing, save his company which is in danger of going bankrupt because Mike has overextended. Mike, impressed by the performance of one of is tech guys Ed (James Frecheville) asks him to take a look at the tech in his state-of-the-art home but it turns out this is an even worse call than his unwise business decisions.
One thing we have all learned from watching all of those James Bond movies is that you never ever mess with Pierce Brosnan. Never be fooled by his sleek demeanor and his calm facade. This dude will never back down.
Well, this actually worked in favor and against the movie. While Brosnan was playing the head honcho of a major firm and a devoted family man, there was an underlying sense of toughness about him that never boded well for anyone who tried to hurt his family. This was a good thing because viewers were at some point expecting some action from the film but on the flipside, they may have been too confident in his ability to protect his family that the sense of danger lessened somewhat.
Unlike other films involving technology, this film made sure that the villain was established straight out and that clues were already peppered throughout the beginning to give audiences a clear peg as to the direction the movie will take. In so doing, the filmmakers effectively loaded each of Ed’s actions with a sense of consequence for Mike and his family.
Audiences immediately began to think about alternatives for Mike and his family and figure out what they need to do to get out of their deepening predicament. In a way, audiences can relate to Mike and his family because everyone is connected by technology these days. And what Ed managed to do, the amount of control he was able to wield and the determination and focus he had in ruining the Regans was horrifying.
I liked that while the beginning of the movie was all about technology, in the end, it all came full circle and the final face off was all old school. There was a sense of justice in that after everything the villain did to toy with the family.
All in all, I.T. managed to make viewers think about technological dependency. It was straightforward. It was deliberate. It was simple, but the execution was on point so that in the end, it managed to get its message across and communicate the essence of caution about the people we give our trust to as well as sharing information online.