How serious do you like your superhero movies?
iBoy takes itself very seriously. The frames are dark, the general mood is dreary, and everyone's future, for the most part, feels hopeless. Moments of cheeky self-awareness -- Tom learning self-defense on the fly, Lucy mocking the absurdity of her hero's moniker, Kinnear's character wishing to tell his back story uninterrupted and, moments later, laughing at the thought of a Star Wars-ian twist -- appear, but they're rare and almost random, perhaps not as light as they could be.
Is seriousness a good thing? Depends. The main way iBoy distinguishes itself from its older brother is with its tone. If you liked The Crow's weird-ass villains and inappropriate jokes, know that such playfulness doesn't exist here. Prepare instead for a video-game-like sprint that's less concerned with making you laugh or immersing you in a love story, and much more intent on picking apart a gang -- deglamorizing its violence, eye-for-an-eye attitude, and superficial lures along the way.