Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Nick Hathaway, an extremely talented hacker who has gone astray, finds his way out of a 15 year prison sentence when parts of a computer code he once wrote during his youth appears in a malware that triggered a terrorist attack in a nuclear power plant in China. This opportunity will reunite him with an old friend but will also put him in the middle of a power game between the American and Chinese government as well as an arch villain hacker whose identity he has to find if he wants to keep his freedom and his life.
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June 06, 2015 at 06:28 PM
1. REALLY FLAT CHARACTERS
Even tho the movie is rather long, it invests almost no time into
1.1 Chris Hemsworth is left with a role that is neither likable, nor
interesting, and I have never heard one line of good dialogue from him
throughout the whole thing (same for every character here). He's
supposed to be a genius hacker, but if we wouldn't be told that all the
time, nobody would recognize him as either a genius or a hacker. He's
just an attractive dude who knows a thing or 2 about codes. SPOILER:
Also, in the end, he solves all his problems just by primitive physical
force. Wow. what a hacker.
1.2 The Chick and the love affair... it doesn't get more flat than
that. It really doesn't. She is also supposed to be a great IT
specialist or something like that. But we barely see any of those
1.3 The Bad Guy, well... I hoped for the entire movie that he would
make the difference when he appears. But he didn't. He was just a one
dimensional greedy cliché.
1.4 The supporting characters are no better. Like that black government
lady. Saying "I lost someone on 9/11" shortly before she dies is an
absolutely desperate attempt to give her character (that was
emotionally completely meaningless before) some depth and make her
death more tragic. Another Michael Mann movie, where this technique
worked really well was "Heat". In "Blackhat it just didn't work one
2.SOOOO MUCH BUILDUP FOR THE MOST UNSPECTACULAR "TWIST" EVER.
In the first half, the movie raises a few questions and sets up some
mysteries. I actually liked that, but only because I wanted to see the
puzzles solved creatively and unexpectedly. SPOILER AGAIN!... turns out
the bad guy hacked a nuclear power plant (!) and the stock market (!!!)
TO PRACTICE (?????) for some rusty engines somewhere in Malaysia. I'm
not gonna lie, I bursted out laughing in the theatre at that point, and
a few other people were even joining me.
3. I'M NOT AN IT-SPECIALIST, BUT I HEARD THE HACKING SHOWN IN THE MOVIE
IS RATHER LEGIT.
...ok but who cares? That would have been the icing on the cake if the
movie itself was good, yes. But that fact alone doesn't make it a good
movie or anything.
So that's it. I'm really confused about the many positive feedbacks
here. I can not imagine how anyone could give this movie more than 3
stars. I can't even give it 2...
Absolute waste of time and a talented director and cast...
Blackhat is not only disappointing, its embarrassing
Blackhat is the latest from maverick director Michael Mann...it also
happens to be his worst film ever. Yes, I am even factoring in The
Keep. It is THAT bad. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis, this
film is a misfire and criminally misuses a talented cast and a talented
crew. Nick is a furloughed convict trying to nail a destructive hacker
who is damaging the financial stabilities of countries all around the
world. Now, on the list of people better suited for this role, Chris
Hemsworth shouldn't even be on this list. Watching him as a hacker is
as painful as watching Adam Sandler in drag seduce Al Pacino. Working
off a screenplay from Morgan Davis Foehl, Mann seems to focus more on
having the shakiest hand-held cinematography not in a Paranormal
Activity film than actually telling a coherent story with good
characters. And for those of you who were expecting Michael Mann to
deliver a film like Heat or The Insider, you will walk away from this
thoroughly disappointed. The action is short, rare and very tame while
the scenes that are attempting to explain what the hell is going on are
so convoluted, long and boring that it creates a very uneven film that
borders unwatchable. One of the biggest gripes I have with this film is
the cinematography. It is entirely too shaky for a film like this and,
on a serious note, reminded me more of End of Watch. While that style
fit End of Watch perfectly, it doesn't fit this film. It doesn't make
it look gritty, it just makes it look painfully under-produced and
underfunded. Overall, Mann's Blackhat serves as one of the biggest
disappointments in recent memory considering the fact this is Michael
Mann we're talking about here...the guy who did Heat, Thief and
Collateral. Unfortunately, if this is the best Mann has to offer, I
fear it is only going to get worse as time goes on. Blackhat is
underdeveloped, unrealistic, and filmed terribly. Watcher beware!!!
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Slow, boring, uninteresting and a waste of time
I think that about sums this film up.
Some hacker who most will recognise as the god of thunder is released
from prison by his bestie, to help track down some faceless
cyber-criminal. An hour and a half in, we're still none the wiser as to
what's going on, but do know that the released hacker is free to run
around the globe as he pretty much spearheads the investigation...
which, sadly, is even less entertaining than watching YouTube videos on
how to write HTML.
His best mate from university also just so happens to have a semi-hot
sister with dodgy English tagging along, and while it's understandable
that, having been banged up for some time, our hacker is very likely to
jump on the first thing in a skirt, her interest in him seems like a
bizarre Chinese experiment on how to have a relationship in which there
is zero chemistry.
There's some US Marshall assigned to keep the hacker in line, but that
doesn't include stopping him from going around cutting open people's
faces with broken bottles in restaurants, or interfering with crime
scenes when their main suspect has been removed from the equation under
Our hacker is also 10x smarter than the entire Hong Kong police force,
a krav magra expert, quite nifty with a firearm and the all-round hero,
being the first to go into a reactor after some kind of meltdown. Given
his skillset, he could have just hacked into MI6, gotten a fancy watch
and car full of gadgets and lived out the rest of his days as 007.
Seriously, the film is god-awful and for a huge fan of action films
like myself to want to press the stop button in the middle of the first
real fire-fight, something has to be very wrong.
As it happens, I couldn't endure much longer after that and came here
to write this instead, because telling others how I turned this tedious
dross off seemed like a much better way to spend my time than sitting
through the rest of the film to see what happens in the end... which is
something I really couldn't care about.