Blackhat – Movie Review


Release Date: January 16, 2015

Studio: Legendary Pictures, Forward Pass

Director: Michael Mann

Writer: Morgan Davis Foehl

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang, Leehom Wang

MPAA Rating: R for violence and some language


So, you want to know about cyber crime?  This could give you an example on hacking and creating mountains in order to get what you want, if you have the knowledge already.  I was actually disappointed with this one.  I was expecting a lot more action (which I think it was somewhat added based on Hemsworth previous roles).  First, cyber crime is a hot potato today, though it has been going on for some time.  The storyline was okay.  It was pretty drawn out.  Lingering glances between Hemsworth and Tang.  There was so much left out.  It was hard to follow, in a sense.  Well, it can be hard to follow if you don’t have an idea on cyber crime. It’s pretty predictable.

I love Chris Hemsworth, but it is hard to imagine him as a hacker.  Maybe Jay Baruchel – okay definitely Jay.  Hemsworth, I am accustomed to seeing him in action packed films.  There really is a stigma for hackers.  I just didn’t think Hemsworth fit the personality of one. This was a doozy for me.  It looked like a low budget film, honestly. There wasn’t a hard time understanding the language (Chinese) (it is subtitled), but the conversation was odd. As in, delayed. Some action.  A little comedy, more on Viola Davis’ part.  Leehom Wang, was more my hero.

I have seen other Michael Mann films, but this one just didn’t do it for me.  I am just a writer, with an opinion.  Watch it, for the run time it is and definitely decide for yourself.  It didn’t do it for me (and apparently it was not a favorite among other writers).


Blackhat opens January 16.