Movie Review: iBoy

iBoy's Tom and Lucy posing in a digital, urban cityscape.

Browsing Netflix yesterday, I came across iBoy. One view of the trailer and I thought to myself, "I'm definitely watching this."

The film takes place in a not-so-nice British inner-city. A semi-dweeby young adult named Tom is shot in the head while attempting to escape some drug-dealing goons. Not only does he survive, but he gains the ability to see, control, and manipulate digital data.

Something as simple as being able to read your text messages from across the room, to burning a hole in your pocket and even kinetic blast waves that drain him for a while, but also annihilate anything nearby.

iBoy is the type of movie a small handful of sci-fi fans will appreciate, while most will find it boring or cheesy. So I'd say it's a niche film cyberpunk junkies like me may like quite a bit, but it isn't the type of widespread, mainstream film that's going to blowup headlines anytime soon.

I'm a digital boy, and thus, iBoy is exactly my kinda film. The production quality, scope, and scale isn't grand, but then again, it doesn't have to be. Some obscure indie films can go toe-to-toe within the biggest films to hit the big screen, and sometimes, they're even better.

So if you're looking for a fun, easy, techno-chiller, grounded, urban, yet cyberpunky science fiction film to stream on Netflix, I say give it a go. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy it, as I was.


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