By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Kevin Brooks’ teen thriller book published in 2010 about a boy who gains superpowers after a head collision with his mobile phone is getting the Netflix movie treatment. Starring Bill Milner (Anthropoid) as Tom Harvey and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Lucy, the film deals with the everyday life of inner-city Londoners whose encounters with gangs and their drugs is the norm. Tom who is eking out an existence in one such neighbourhood becomes just another statistic after his mate (friend) Lucy is assaulted by a group of thugs. Waking up from a coma, Tom’s discovered parts of his phone have become embedded into his brain. But Tom’s narrow escape gains him more than his life, it’s gained him new-found powers too. With these abilities Tom is out for justice for what was done to Lucy.
Screenplay is by Joe Barton, who wrote for the AMC/Channel 4 robot drama series Humans and is directed by Adam Randall. The series also stars Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders), Charley Palmer Rothwell (Legend), and David McKell (Hetty Feather).
Available on Netflix globally from January 27, 2017.
Video Source(s): Netflix US & Canada.