Honestly I didn’t really have high expectations for a movie with a name like iBoy but this one of the few Netflix Original movies I actually saw a trailer for ahead of its release and figured it would at the very least be more interesting than Take the 10.
It’s alright. The plot is pretty generic but the presentation is decent. I’ve never been interested in the Watchdogs games but from what I’ve seen this is pretty much a Watchdogs movie so if you enjoy those games there’s a chance you might like this film.
The main thing that stood out about this film before even seeing the trailer was Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams playing one of the lead characters. She gives a great performance and out of all the characters in the story is the only one with an actual character arc. I honestly think the film could have been much better if she was the main character, the scenes that focus on her character are some of the better parts of the film. Unfortunately because she’s just the love interest she ends up being a damsel in distress most of the time.
Another actor that gives a great performance is Rory Kinnear as the “final boss”. His character is pretty generic but he does such a great job playing him that he really stands out when compared to the other antagonists (who are also generic). Honestly this makes me want to see Rory Kinnear play a villain again in a better movie, maybe Marvel should consider getting him to play Norman Osborn.
Unfortunately the film’s biggest problems are with its focus. Tom is a pretty boring character and while it’s clear Bill Milner is a talented actor the film never gives him an opportunity to stand out. Even his revenge is more personal to Maisie Williams’ character Lucy than him. He has a couple of good moments like the scenes where he’s able to actually show personality and the scene where he traps some of the villains to interrogate them but I really think the film would have been better with Lucy as the main character.
It’s certainly better than Take the 10 but nothing special. I will note that as an adaptation of a book it’s possible most of the problems are with the source material and that at the very least it is well directed with a talented cast (especially Maisie Williams and Rory Kinnear). Anyway I recently signed up for Odeon’s Limitless so I plan on seeing films in the cinema soon, in fact I might have another movie review up later today…