REVIEW: iBoy (2017)

Release Poster - Netflix
Release Poster – Netflix

The following is a quick review of iBoy – Directed by Adam Randall

iBoy – the newest Netflix Original Film – is based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Brooks, and it is a teenage science-fiction film about Tom (played by Bill Milner), a British teen, who has a crush on a girl named Lucy (played by Maisie Williams). One day, he goes over to her family’s apartment and he sees that it has been broken into.

As he runs away from the scene of the crime, and the criminals, he starts to call the police, but he is shot and incapacitated before he gets through. When he wakes up from a coma, he learns that Lucy was assaulted and that fragments of his iPhone have embedded in his brain. He soon finds out that these fragments have given him superpowers, and he starts to use his powers to avenge Lucy.

If you know anything about Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs games, then imagine that this is really a superhero version of those games. You have this one kid who can basically control or manipulate anything, and they probably couldn’t have gotten a better choice for the leading character. Bill Milner, who plays Tom, actually played young Magneto in X-Men: First Class, so that’s pretty perfect, huh?

Admittedly, this is a pretty goofy title for a movie that takes itself seriously, and the premise itself is pretty silly too. I think this film would’ve been much more fun to watch if it hadn’t been as somber as it is. At the time of writing, it is probably the best 2017 Netflix Original Film (compared to Coin Heist, Clinical, and Take the 10). I really enjoyed the look of the film, the visual effects were perfectly fine, and there were some shots that had some interesting camera work that I enjoyed. I enjoyed Milner and Williams’ scenes together, and I actually enjoyed the first half of the film.

But I’m not all that happy with the film as a whole. Maisie Williams’ character, who does get some action later in the film, is basically a plot-device, and as Williams was the best thing about the film, I would’ve liked the film to focus a bit more on her. I didn’t have a problem with Milner, but he didn’t make us care about his character.

All in all, iBoy isn’t a terrible watch. It’s perfectly watchable and it’s nice to see Maisie Williams doing something else than just being one of the Starks in Game of Thrones, even though she deserved something more memorable than what this film is. I liked the way it was shot, but the fun and silly premise is wasted as a grim and somber science-fiction revenge tale.

5.5 out of 10

– Jeffrey Rex

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