Director: John Moore
Run time: 1hr 35m
“Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successul, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs to rely on his old connections to defeat a new kind of nemesis.”
2:01 – Ooh, Marketplace! I listen to that, it’s fab. Actual Kai Ryssdal.
5:08 – Pierce being weirdly Irish in this one, considering he is Irish.
7:34 – People don’t usually applaud the IT guy, they usually give abuse.
11:55 – “Just don’t void the warranty.” Too late.
14:06 – Same as all things, you’ll compromise your privacy for convenience up to a point.
18:13 – Assuming he googled how to spell Kaitlyn, because there must be 100 different ways.
19:50 – Yay, defragging!
23:26 – I like windows that just flick to opaque like that.
34:00 – Having a teenage child must be hard.
39:46 – Don’t really understand why none of them have noticed the iPad things going crazy.
43:11 – “Just change everything, the pass codes, the words.” Someone who doesn’t understand IT clearly.
49:04 – Not clear why Pierce hasn’t called the police.
53:39 – Wonder if he’s changed the password yet. What the hell is he still doing in the house?
1:00:06 – Good lord, they are making this out to be far more serious than it is. First job: turn off the electricity. Second job: remove internet connection. Third job: Remove smart devices. Job done.
1:00:54 – Oh, and then move house, obviously.
1:09:02 – Grab what you came for and get out, my god.
1:11:52 – “He has a gun.” Scariest words ever.
1:22:41 – Wow, I’d love some of that rain recorded as a Rainymood track. Epic.
1:23:52 – All glass walls are great until you feel vulnerable and nervous.
We were excited to watch this one as it was released at the same time as being in the cinemas. That usually means it’s not so good (straight-to-dvd style) but we could never have imagined it would be this bad.
There are so many fundamental issues with this film, it’s impossible to enjoy it. The first half, until the IT guy goes rogue, is quite good – upping the suspense, wondering how it’s all going to come crashing down. But once he starts to exact his revenge, things go really wrong plot-wise.
No one seems to have an ounce of common sense about how to deal with the situation, and the way they all react to stuff is weird – including the police. They didn’t have an ounce of sympathy for a supposedly well-respected businessman. They didn’t treat the situation at the school as a crime, despite the serious nature of it. The Regan family continued to stay at the house, didn’t contact the manufacturer’s of the smart-software, didn’t consider turning stuff off, didn’t do anything a normal person would do.
It feels like the makers of this film were trying to capitalise on the audience’s concerns over smart technology and privacy, but stuck with the message rather than actually researching any of the details. Very bad.