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Blackhat (2015)



Critic Consensus: Thematically timely but dramatically inert, Blackhat strands Chris Hemsworth in a muddled misfire from director Michael Mann.

Movie Info

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary's Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.more
Rating: R (for violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Morgan Davis Foehl, Michael Mann
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 12, 2015
Universal Studios - Official Site


Chris Hemsworth
as Nick Hathaway
Viola Davis
as Carol Barrett
Tang Wei
as Chen Lien
Leehom Wang
as Chen Dawai
Holt McCallany
as Mark Jessup
Ritchie Coster
as Elias Kassar
William Mapother
as Rich Donahue
Andy On
as Alex Trang
Christian Borle
as Jeff Robichaud
John Ortiz
as Henry Pollack
Brandon Molale
as Sort Guard
Danny Burstein
as Associate Warden Jef...
Abhi Sinha
as Daniels
Jason Butler Harner
as George Reinker
Manny Montana
as Alonzo Reyes
Spencer Garrett
as Gary Baker
Shi Liang
as Lieutentant Colonel ...
Kan Mok
as Major Yuan
Sophia Santi
as Mrs. Novo
José Márquez
as 18th Street Gangster
Victor Chi
as Korean Waiter
Peter Jae
as Korean Thug
Ivan Ngan
as Yang Lin
Courtney Wu
as Samuel Wu
Adrian Pang
as Keith Yan
Kurt Kishita
as Paul Wang
LeAnne Li
as Emergency Worker
Leanne Littrell
as Emergency Worker
as Bahasha Speaker
Ahyu U. Rosli
as Tall Indonesian Bank...
Frank Cutler
as United Captain
James Adam Lim
as Ambulance Driver
Berg Lee
as Ambulance Driver
M. Anom Perkasa
as Young Men at Papua S...
Jonathan Ozah
as Young Men at Papua S...
Eric Berindei
as Commodities Broker
Jeremy Tatar
as Commodities Broker
Gerald Petrow
as Commodities Broker
Brian Labahn
as Commodities Broker
Razaq Sahibjahn
as Indonesian Banker
Mohd Gaizudeen Sahib...
as Indonesian Banker
Yonkky Daniel Pareng...
as Indonesian Bodyguard
Musim Surbakti
as Indonesian Bodyguard
Fadillah Ramadhan Ra...
as Indonesian Bodyguard
Kamal Hassan
as Bahasha Speaker
as Bahasha Speaker
Tommy Wong
as Johnny Li
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Critic Reviews for Blackhat

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (39)

[Hemsworth] spends much of the film tapping away on keyboards, frequently looking down at his hands - no, really, the expert computer hacker looks at his hands to type.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

One of the most visceral, thrilling and enjoyable movie-watching experiences of the year.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

There is an intriguing enough plot to keep our interest-it's just obfuscated by an excess of filmmaker insecurity towards what we'll understand without being talked down to like a child.

Full Review… | February 24, 2016
The Film Stage

It's Michael Mann good in flashes.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The plot is both too in control and out, but the shots are absolutely taut, audacious, imperfect, and compelling.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015

The meat of the story takes too long to develop and by the time it does, I found myself too detached to really care about the outcome.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Blackhat


The film's story and direction are both perfectly fine, run-of-the-mill, mass market Hollywood action. The problems here are the unconvincing and unheroic Hemsworth in the role of the hero, a typically snotty-for-no-reason Viola Davis setting an inappropriate tone, and some really, really, really stupid situations that should have been reconsidered by the director. However, if you can buy absurdities like men bulldozing their way through a parade with no one noticing, a man violently stabbing two men to death with a screwdriver in the middle of the parade (again!) with no one noticing, and crowds of people fleeing in terror TOWARD gunmen who are opening fire in the middle of a parade, then "Blackhat" may be a wonderful film for you. For the rest of us, we may need to work particularly hard to suspend disbelief if we are to enjoy this film.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Hathaway: The real hit is still to come...

Blackhat is a slickly-produced techno-thriller from co-writer/director Michael Mann. While Mann continually enjoy exploring the relationship between cops and crooks, this film and the last couple efforts from Mann (Miami Vice, Public Enemies) seem to feature same issue: personality vs. interest. The fact is, all of Mann's films have tons of personality, given his stylish tendencies, but his recent efforts have unfortunately not left us with much to connect with, beyond the visuals, committed (yet somewhat shallow) performances, and visceral quality of the action in his features. Blackhat does nothing to really change that around and while a January release date is harsh sentencing for a director that continues to put what I imagine is tons of effort into his productions, it stands to reason that a film with a couple action-based highlights amidst a world filled with exotic locals, techno-jargon, and the handsomest hacker of them all could only draw up so much excitement. That in mind, I am still a Mann fan and while bloated, I tend to enjoy the visual language Mann puts on the big screen, overweighing my need for a more enjoyable screenplay, which is still unfortunately the issue with these recent Mann projects.

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Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


"Blackhat" starts with a hacker striking at both a nuclear power planet in China, causing a deadly meltdown, and manipulating soy futures on Wall Street. Captain Chen Dawai(Leehom Wang) of Chinese Interal Security recognizes code that he wrote with Nick Hathaway(Chris Hemsworth) back when they were both in college. The only problem is that Hathaway is currently in prison but Chen gets him sprung for his task force he has formed with the Americans and his opposite number, Carol Barrett(Viola Davis), on condition that Hathaway is tracked 24/7 by GPS tracker and accompanied personally by his very own federal marshal, Mark Jessup(Holt McCallany). That's not mention Chen's kid sister Lien(Wei Tang) being along for the ride.

Admittedly, "Blackhat" may not be the strongest plotted movie ever, with its adding nothing to the tried and true it takes a hacker to catch a hacker plot. Luckily, this smart movie has more going on than that, as Michael Mann's handheld digital filming style finally hits the mark. That might have more to do with it not being applied to a period piece or Mann's own past but instead towards the near future(unless, I'm wrong the first date stamp we see is for March 2015), that assumes a very globalized planet, for better or for worse. As such, there is no looking back, as especially Hathaway, the unlikeliest of hackers, has no regrets and can only look forward.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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