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



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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.

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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 Jeffries
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 Zhao
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
Tommy Wong
as Johnny Li
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 Banker
Frank Cutler
as United Captain
James Adam Lim
as Ambulance Driver
Berg Lee
as Ambulance Driver
M. Anom Perkasa
as Young Men at Papua Square
Jonathan Ozah
as Young Men at Papua Square
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 Sahibjahn
as Indonesian Banker
Yonkky Daniel Parengkoan
as Indonesian Bodyguard
Musim Surbakti
as Indonesian Bodyguard
Fadillah Ramadhan Rachmat
as Indonesian Bodyguard
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It's good... but just too slow moving.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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Cyber thriller that relies on its style instead of an engaging plot. A much leaner, shorter film would have worked better, but Mann still knows how to film terrifying shootouts. There just aren't that many here, sadly. The locations are pretty great too, but the hacking elements just don't work as well as the conspiracy thriller parts. There are still quite a few memorable scenes here, especially thanks to the exotic locations and the charismatic leading duo, but the result could have been so much more engaging.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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
Christian C

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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. read the whole review at

Aaron Neuwirth
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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