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Blackhat Review: An Inane Cyberthriller with no Thrills

Movie Review: Blackhat

After Liam Hemsworth’s as predictable as ABC’s cyberthriller Paranoia, Chris Hemsworth follows suit with Blackhat.

In fairness, Blackhat does have redeeming qualities. The film features an international cast. Michael Mann’s use of hi-def cameras gives the film’s action scenes immediacy and kinetic energy. This also infused its settings with realism that made it look timely.

Mann makes an effort to stage real-time action, including how lines of code can do damage. But hacking isn’t a cool nor action-packed thing to do, so the movie livens up the plot with terrible choices.

Blackhat jumps from one character to another that none of the cast registers past their job description. The plot moves at an agonizingly slow pace because it takes a huge chunk of time to figure out everything, even a simple clue.

The cast isn’t given any chance to inject life into their characters. It’s a huge waste of talent which includes Lee-Hom Wang (of the epic Lust, Caution), who is reduced into a tacked on exotic love interest.

The multi-ethnic team jumps to different countries in an increasingly dumb plot. If a villain could manipulate the market to earn millions why not just do that instead of creating a complex plan? If the good guys could figure this plan with an internet connection and a laptop, why fly to ground zero?

The dialogue is filled with tech lingo that an average person won’t be familiar with and descriptions to help the audience make sense of what’s going on.

As a result, Blackhat is an overlong boring procedural instead of the edgy cyberthriller it aims to be.

There is something about the power of anonymity in today’s digital age. The internet can be a playground for dictators, plunderers, and all sorts of horrible people. It’s interesting how hackers with the worst intentions often have the best methods.

Unfortunately, Blackhat doesn’t have the creativity to elevate its premise past generic blockbuster action tactics.

Watch the German movie Who am I – Kein System ist sicher instead.

Blackhat

4

Blackhat is a boring overlong procedural disguised as a cyberthriller with an inane script and forgettable characters.

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