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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent book-based thriller has cursing, mature themes.

Movie NR 2017 90 minutes
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This is a curiously compelling movie, more focused on cyborg vengeance and cleaning up crime than on teen angst. Social commentary is the underlying theme, with an emphasis on the difficulty of upward mobility for those who start at the bottom. Tom's mother, also raised in the projects, died a drug addict. It's implied that doing well in school, as Tom does, is the best way out. While the gang members mock Tom's geekiness, there's a sense that they are jealous, too, that he's most likely among them to escape the drugs and violence of their world. Director Adam Randall manages to normalize and give some reality to iBoy's fantasy premise using a realist approach and competent special effects. The metaphor is unmistakable -- those who use their brains will probably do better in life than those who use their fists.

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