What you may need to know.
1. “love at first sight may sound trite but it’s true, you know, I could list the details of everything you ever wore or said, or how you stood that day…”
2. That, dear reader, sums up my relationship with Anna Friel since that fateful day in 1992 when she walked into Brookside and Stole away my heart (insert thieving scousers joke here) and so as a consequence I’ve sat through so much dross over the past 24 years simply because she was in it (Marian Keyes‘ Watermelon anyone?).
3. Twenty four years I’ve waited for Anna while she’s been involved in long, tempestuous relationships with first David Thewlis and then Rhys Ifans. At this stage I’m beginning to wonder is she really just playing hard to get or have I misjudged the whole nature of our relationship….
4. In her latest movie I.T. she stars as the wife of Navan’s own Pierce Brosnan.
5. Brosnan plays the part of Mike Regan. CUE MOVIE VOICEOVER MAN:
“a self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife (Friel), a beautiful teenage daughter (Scott) and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. His company is on the verge of changing the aircraft leasing business forever, when his relationship with Ed Porter (James Frecheville), his I.T. consultant, goes bad. Mike soon finds himself in a deadly high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when Ed starts stalking Mike’s daughter and using technology to threaten his family, his business, … and his life.”
6. Personally, I don’t mind Brosnan. I know he acts like somebody is shining a really bright torch in his eyes and bizarrely for an Irish actor he had one of the worst Oirish accents in movie history in Evelyn (2002): “der’s no laws in dis cuntree dat’s gonna keep my dawterr away fromee”, but he also has moments of utter fabulousness like The Matador (2006) that make me think he could be brilliant with the right script.
Bertie’s Verdict: When two people you like collaborate if can be great like Sparks & Franz Ferdinand or it can be poisonous like Bob Dylan & Keith Richards at Live Aid. This one looks more like the badly tuned guitars in Philadelphia
Release date: September 26 (UK)