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.Written by
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I'm sorry for what happened to you.
Well, don't be. I'm not fishing for sympathy, here. I did the crime, I'm doing the time. Time isn't doing me.
What's that mean?
I do my own time, not the institution's. See, to hold on to who you are in there, you dedicate yourself to your program. You work out on your body and your mind.
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Michael Mann premiered the Director's Cut during a retrospective of his films at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 10, 2016. This version is three minutes longer than the theatrical release, and opens with the hacking attack on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, rather than the Hong Kong nuclear plant attack, which has been moved to the middle of the film. Some scenes and dialogue exchanges have also been cut or shortened. This version was shown on FX on May 9, 2017, and several days later it was made available on DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV and other streaming services. See more »
Looking at this film without any knowledge of anyone in it or the director (Michael Mann), I would have told you the following: It's low budget; and it is targeted to 15-year-old boys in Thailand, which is the typical blockbuster audience.
And I'd be wrong. Low-budget? How is $70 million? And how much did it make worldwide? $19 million. You spell that f-l-o-p.
"Blackhat" stars Chris Hemsworth as Nick Hathaway, a prisoner for stealing money from banks using his vast computing/hacking expertise.
After a cyber attack at a Chinese nuclear facility and to the American commodities market, the U.S. and Chinese governments join together to find the "blackhat" responsible. On the Chinese side is Colonel Chen Dawai (Leehom Wang), who, accompanied by his sister Chen Lien (Wei Tang), joins Carol Barrett (Viola Davis) and Mark Jessup (Holt McCallany) in LA.
Looking at the data, Chen Dawai realizes that the computer code used was actually invented by a friend from MIT -- Nick Hathaway. Chen Dawai wants him for the team.
The U.S. government tells Nick he will be going on furlough, but he wants his sentence commuted if he can identify the hacker. That is agreed to, and the team leaves for China. Identifying the hacker is one thing - but finding out the motive is another.
Such terrible cinematography - it looks cheap and gritty. The story is too talky, and I think Hemsworth was miscast. What was needed was someone who comes off as intelligent. I'm not saying Hemsworth isn't intelligent, but his acting persona is that of a tough guy. This guy is supposed to be a brilliant hacker from MIT. Not buying it.
The story was also on the confusing side.
Filmed in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Malaysia, and LA, the languages used throughout the film include English, Cantonese, Korean, and Indonesian - which was another reason I thought this was geared to the foreign market.
This is a Michael Mann miss, though there are some exciting action sequences and major shootouts. The acting from Davis, Callany, Leehom Wang, and Wei Tang was very good. For all her amazing talent, Davis didn't have much to do.
It's an okay rental - I wouldn't have wanted to pay to see this in the theater.
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