Review: Blackhat (2015)


There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Michael Mann is one of the greatest directors working today. For over thirty years, he has been making everything from heist movies to engaging cop dramas to stunning period pieces. And I don’t think there is any other director who can make better use of scenery the way Mann does in his films and somehow manages to make them a theme of his movie. Mann’s latest film, Blackhat has been in production for many years and the fact that the movie came out during the graveyard shift worried me to be honest and the result is something that isn’t worthy of someone of Mann’s caliber


After a Hong Kong nuclear plant and the Mercantile Trade Exchange in Chicago are hacked by unknown perpetrators, a federal agent (Viola Davis) proposes that the FBI work with China to find the cyber-criminals. The leader of the Chinese team, Chen Dawai, insists that convicted hacker Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) be released from prison to help with the investigation. As Nick and his comrades chase their quarry, it becomes evident that the hackers have a sinister motive for their actions. Blackhat is a massive disappointment in the sense that it is a Michael Mann film. This pseudo techno-thriller rarely thrills and is for the most part an extremely dull and monotonous waste of time. The plot is so tedious and unengaging, it befuddles me how this movie was even pitched to the studio, not to mention the lackluster script. Mann’s direction is heavily flawed in this film, the camerawork is shaky and the film feels like it was filmed with a mobile camera. The film’s cinematography is probably the worst for any mainstream film in recent memory, this murky garbage made me want to close my eyes.


The performances are fairly decent but this is such a bad film that not even Daniel Day-Lewis could save it. Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis and John Ortiz are all right but the film’s Chinese cast fails to make any impression whatsoever. Hemsworth’s relationship with this Chinese girl is probably one of the worst things about the entire movie.

All in all, Blackhat is a bad way to spend two hours, I’d recommend this movie if you’re having trouble sleeping, this movie will put you to sleep within the first two scenes. It’s a massive disappointment that this movie was directed by Michael Mann, it feels like a huge stain on his filmography. It’s a muddled misfire and one of the worst movies of 2015




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