Blackhat is about a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners who hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
I am ashamed for Michael Man for making this movie. From a director who made films such as Collateral, Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Insider, I don’t understand how he could create such a confusing and embarrassing film. Filmmakers always have a bad egg amongst their crop and this happens to be his.
Mann misuses his cast of the god of thunder Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis (The Help) and his crew to create a misfire of a film. For one, I couldn’t even imagine the likes of Hemsworth as a hacker. He is a good actor (see Ron Howard’s Rush) but totally unsuited to the role. Why was he even considered for something like this?
In many of Mann’s films, he has had stunning cinematography. Especially in the likes of Collateral. Blackhat, however, needs to win a Golden Raspberry Award for one of the shakiest, out-of-focus pieces of cinematography in film so far that I’ve seen or know of. And we should be thankful that the action scenes were short because the cinematography would’ve given it no justice. This seems to be Mann’s focus instead of actually trying to tell the story coherently. The story was long, boring, and convoluted. It was borderline unwatchable.
Overall, Blackhat is something you shouldn’t consider paying to see at the cinema let alone at home if you do have any desire to see it at all. The film is severely underdeveloped and filmed terribly. I just hope that his next film is better and Blackhat was just a bump in the road.