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It has a lot of raw energy, and raw energy goes a long way in a movie that mostly consists of people typing and pointing at screens.
"There is something appealing about the walking under water pacing of this film thats anchored by a number of fine action set pieces."
Exhibit A: Michael Manns ludicrous high tech cat and mouse thriller Blackhat.
Or how Manns personal style avoids cinematic framing and crisp, rendered shots, instead opting for plain, news show worthy lighting and subsequent siz ..
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Unlike most directors, style is hardly a side dish with Michael Mannits the main entree.
The formula can be intoxicating even in a slack piece of storytelling like Blackhat, which is good enough to make you wish it were better.
All of its characters are ciphers.Ive seen LinkedIn profiles with more dimension.
In other words: you already know this formula, and Mann hasnt done much to tweak it.
The story feels fresh, even if it is a bit on the technologically farcical side.
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As the action escalatesand is ultimately, brutally resolved through resoundingly low tech meanstheres nothing in the way of catharsis or closure.
Slick and sometimes goofy as it is, Blackhat is an odd, fascinating movie: a high tech action thriller about the human condition.
Unfortunately, relevance alone does not a good movie make, and while the feature does have a good amount going for it, it also cant outrun its major i ..
The movies smart ideas are overlaid with dull, standard issue moments of people typing on computers or pursuits through crowded streets.
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Its Michael Mann good in flashes, which is good enough to hold the pic together for Manns hybrid approach of blending together the arcane with the com ..
But it lacks both the chemistry and kinetic energy of those earlier films, and whats more, it looks just plain awful at times, owing to Manns proclivi ..
Being concerned with cyber terrorism, this is nothing if not timely.
Put this one on your Redbox schedule, but take this life hack advice and skip the theater.
A moody cyber noir with not much on its mind but looking good, Blackhat is a must see if you like your dialogue (romantic, dramatic, subtitled Cantone ..
But while the plot and performances are compelling enough, the connections the movie draws are forced, the villains central motivation strains creduli ..
A disappointing film about cybercrime and the difficulties in dealing with it.
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At his best, style became substance, an articulation of the inner lives of inarticulate individualists.
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Its story is preposterous, asking viewers to make many leaps in judgment and logic, but Manns presentation of the story is exactly right.
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Through all this the story maintains its straightforward momentum, emulating the globe trotting thrills and intellectual ennui of the Bourne movies, w ..
Its acceptably entertaining while youre watching it. But how depressing that Michael Mann should settle for being acceptably anything.
Director Michael Manns globe trotting drama is devoid of suspense.
Manns heart is clearly in the old school stuff explosions, shootouts in container yards, copters over Hong Kong.
The spectacle here is sometimes absorbing but more often ridiculous, and it isnt his best work.
The unsavoury aesthetics aside, theres the sheer stupidity of the story.
However, recent efforts have failed to fulfill, with Public Enemies his last and least effective picture.
In practice, though, the movie cant escape its routine plot and trappings therein.
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A hacking thriller starring Chris Thor Hemsworth, it would seem cant miss, just from its timing.
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Perhaps somebody will finally figure out a way of making a tale of cybercrime compelling, but Manns mixture of glitzy computer screens and badly stage ..
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Barrett serves as Hathaways handler and coordinates the American team with the Chinese, while Ms. Daviss fine grained performance deepens the movies e ..
Nobody can top Manns urban night scenes, with their oily neon and skyscraper light grids, but for the most part this plays likewithout the heat.
Mann, almost aware that this is pretty preposterous, then just turns the film into a simple bloody revenge tale in its final act.
Watching actors tap out code as big buzzing screens of digital data flash on the screen just doesnt cut it.
I dont know about you, but for me any movie year that kicks off with a Michael Mann mind bender cant be all cinematic malware.
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Another silly cyber thriller, almost saved by an intense Hemsworth and some bruising action.
Blackhat offers a strange mix of sophistication and crudity, brilliant ideas and half baked ones.It wont ever be bracketed with Manns finest work but ..
If the second half is better, its only in the sense that silly is less awful than boring.
Mann has never shied away from big gestures, and if Blackhat is more effective as a visceral ride than a thought provoking commentary, its nonetheless ..
Procedural implausibilities abound, and the Bond esque plot is incoherent and eventually underwhelming.Punchy, enlivening action is dotted throughout, ..
Given Sonys recent travails, the timing couldnt be better for a movie about the vulnerability of international computer networks, but Blackhat is too ..
There is such a richness and cinematic ambition to Manns best work that its a shame it is often undercut by what seems a real contempt for his audienc ..
Sullen or not, its no surprise that Hawthorne gets a conditional get out of jail card to join his old roomie in pursuing the bad guys.
Blackhat is a mess of a movie from Michael Mann, a would be cyberthriller slowed by stupidity and sabotaged by a stunningly silly subplot.Its as if Ma ..
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Such lazy devices in a film purporting authenticity is as unwelcome as it is unnecessary.
And Blackhat might appear ultra modern but it feels desperately dated, its as if Mann has dusted off a cheesy straight to video thriller from the 90s ..
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Hathaway is soon a free man, romancing Chens sister Lien (Wei Tang) and leading a manhunt that races from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and Jakarta as Mann ..
Though Mann stages a few striking shoot outs, shows some gore, and delivers some topical references to cyber politics, he cant mask the over all sense ..
Michael Manns best movies (Heat, Collateral, The Insider) are a masterful combination of style and substance, gorgeously shot, artfully orchestrated b ..
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Blackhat, or Thordfish, as I like to call it, feels like what happens when a director realizes his project was a bad idea halfway in and still has to ..
The script, by Morgan Davis Foehl, keeps the histrionics to a minimum, but the intrigue level rarely rises above medium.
There is an intriguing enough plot to keep our interest its just obfuscated by an excess of filmmaker insecurity towards what well understand without ..
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Unfortunately, Mann also leans on ill fitting story elements that he might easily and smartly have avoided, and the movies rhythms and credibility pay ..
Blackhat is the rare film in which overall viscera trumps more comfortable virtues.
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And cast billing amounts to little when it comes to knocking off characters.
As a result, Collateral is tremendously uneven veering wildly between gripping and diverting.
Thats about the last thing one understands as this movie progresses.But even worse than the plot are the plot holes and situations that simply boggle ..
Like everything else in the movie it is simply boring and leaves you clamoring for the next action sequence.
Laura: It would be difficult to determine this forgettable thriller was from director Michael Mann (Thief, Public Enemies) if one didnt know it going ..
As we saw with the middling Pacific Rim, the last, as awful as expected Transformers installment, and the almost indescribably idiotic Lucy, if theres ..
And the digital video visuals are distinctive.But the corny dialogue, (co written by Mann), robs the proceedings of any tension.
The setups to the set pieces are where Manns screenwriter (Morgan Davis Foehl) fails him.Though the film is reasonably engrossing and has a knockout e ..
Working from a screenplay by Morgan Davis Foehl, Mann delivers a one note effort that matches most of the movies one note performances.
And you get scenes of adults acting like adults occasionally punctuated by fiercely intense and seemingly authentic action sequences and shoot outs.
Its got some great shots, a few strong sequences but theres no weight to it.Its about cybercrimes, but emotionally it seems to exist in its own empty, ..
Instead, its a serviceable crime thriller with the confused aspirations of wanting to be the next Jason Bourne vehicle.
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Sometimes women are around, but this is a Manns world, and theres work to be done.Manns movies are meticulously staged, beautifully shot, precisely ed ..
Mann also used to have a much better feel for action, in movies like Heat, Collateral and Manhunter, than he exhibits here.
Mostly, though, I want Blackhat to be a gritty 10 hour miniseries so it would have time to explore its ideas and its potentially pretty fascinating ch ..
Then there are the others folks who will find this a riveting thriller that kept them on the edge of their seats.
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Mann does tap a nerve in a world increasingly reliant on digital technology, but translating those fears into workable on screen thrills and spills is ..
What a murky, dull excuse for an action flick this is, a far cry from the crackling cyber terrorism thriller suggested by the trailers.
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Thankfully dialogue is kept to a minimum, and Hemsworth flexes in set pieces so brutal theyll leave viewers picking their teeth from among the kernels ..
Once the exposition is out of the way, Blackhat features so much stylized momentum that its easy to get caught up in the far fetched hoopla.
The only thing less interesting than the inner Internet is the films dead end dialogue.
Blackhat may be so lovingly and artistically crafted that it fools some viewers into judging it as an art film.
This is quite a chilling thought, and it would have carried a bigger kick if the film didnt feel so muted.
Buttressing the romance, humour and redemption is a sprinkling of childhood magic that provides a high charm quotient central to its appeal.
Whatever the case, Blackhat still manages an idiosyncratic pulse for a cyber thriller, and thats due largely to Mann.
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Blah blah blah: Theres too much pointless chatter of dialogue, of gunfire and too little worth listening to.
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But when visuals speak as loudly as this films do, thats not the end of the world.
This is a snazzy looking film, and many of Manns visuals pack genuine punch.
Blackhat is both a clunky Michael Mann movie and a classed up Steven Seagal movie.To perceive either statement as an outright pan is to delude yoursel ..
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From Michael Mann, the director of the monumental crime epic Heat and the original and best Hannibal Lecter movie Manhunter, this lumbering saga of cy ..
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Its both dizzying and disorienting; creating an urgency thats maintained throughout the lengthy run time.
Michael Manns Blackhat is a mess.Its a slick, shallow effort from a filmmaker who usually does better a lot better.
Where his previous films functioned as elegant, skillful genre pieces, Blackhat gets hung up by an abysmal script and a trio of miscast actors in the ..
closeup work on the characters themselves is shaky, perhaps in the hope that we wont notice theyre made of cardboard.
Its a film not about details and particulars but about mood and sensations.
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But its too little, too late in a style over substance thriller which doesnt have even enough to offer in the style department to be worthwhile.
Tom Cruise Jamie Foxx thriller Collateral wasnt a masterpiece, but it was distinct and suspenseful and wildly entertaining.
A finely produced thriller, mature and classy. It just doesnt pound your pulse nearly enough to achieve its ambitious goal of turning computerized lar ..
Complaints about narrative cliches and seriously, a movie is not defined by its cliches, but what it does with them and visual crutches miss the point ..
Blackhat is a plodding, visually murky snoozer whose plot is completely illogical.
Hemsworth and Tang Wei are lovely to look at, but their romance lacks punch.
Blackhat telegraphs its disappointing content in its lengthy introduction resembling a second sequel to Tron.
All this on top of a script saddled with a deadly combination of cliches and gaping plotholes.
This is a film motivated by sociology, not narrative, one driven by the spirit of cyber culture instead of the functional cogs of storytelling.Take it ..
Blackhats narrative beats are often generic at times, but Mann has always thrived within genre templates.
Its not a pretty picture, but Eastwood has made a powerful film out of it.
One of the screenplays few emotionally tender moments is communicated over headsets on a helicopter.
The premise is interesting, and certainly timely, though the film feels assembled from used components.
A Michael Mann film, and storycraft and logical commitment are thus not as important as mood and style in providing the films backbone.
Blackhat is Last of the Mohicans set in a 71 year old mans idea of the Internet age, but by Mjolnir, is it ever fun.
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Mann still has a fine eye behind the camera lens, but this story is a half baked mess.
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Blackhat has just enough smarts and flair to make its more tedious stretches feel like missed opportunities.
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Director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) brings his singular visual style to a slick contemporary thriller.
Although stylishly shot in parts, Blackhat fails to showcase Manns trademark sharp, character driven crime drama, and largely relies on visual and nar ..
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Mann, whose films often pop off the screen with urgency and vibrancy, opts for a grainy, muted and measured approach here, a choice that will have som ..
In the swirl of imagery, the plot is only a propellant for perfumed abstraction, and it will be the loveliest of looks to some eyes, this is likely no ..
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But even this action stuff is routine, and too often edited into choppy bits.
Sadly, the promise is wasted and what we ultimately get is a collection of B movie action sequences involving fights and gunplay poorly shot on purpos ..
Daily Film Fix
A movie that thinks the way to earn our knuckle biting is to be as dull as hell for 35 minutes, then send a giant shipping container hurtling along th ..
Unfortunately, it doesnt make the film that much more exciting, despite Manns attempts at placing the audience in the middle of the action with some ( ..
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Not everything about Blackhat is designed for us to understand, but like most of Manns best work it hits you on a gut level.
The plot is elegantly unravelled by Manns masterful hand, but the characters and their relationships are too lightweight to balance. Mesmerising and d ..
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Worse, that mumbling is often hard to decipher.Cant the modern film actor enunciate words properly
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Blackhat feels like the vehicle that Mann wanted to explore the hacking world but the casting and the scripts counterintuitive motivations it mutated ..
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It should have been a real Jason Bourne flick.Instead, its sort of a poor mans version, so while watching, try not to think too hard about that, or th ..
Its like the recent Denzel Washington thriller The Equalizer with a modicum of taste.
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Blackhat may be lesser Mannits not as tight as Collateral, not as epic as Heatbut its still an entertaining procedural from the master of the genre.
However, Blackhat never lives up to its promise and devolves into a generic action vehicle that commits the worst crime of all: its boring.
Mann, for all his successes, has a long history of making visually appealing, well told stories that walk a razor blade between style and substance.
Even the romance is laughable.In this era, when everything is google able, making such incredulously pitiable movies is just embarrassing.
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The script often appears to be on the verge of digging deeper into its subject matter, but opts instead for generally surface ready entertainment valu ..
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With Blackhat, pulp film auteur Michael Mann takes a stab the sub genre, and if he cant do it then no one can. So apparently no one can.
Its a timely topic, and one Mann could have surfed to the very edge of accessibility had he found the right line, but he nosedives in the first act.
What Blackhat proves first and foremost is that Hollywood is still pretty stupid when it comes to making films about modern technology.
Making an entertaining and beautiful looking movie about hacking is even harder.
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Much like Colin Farrells turn as Crockett in Manns revisionist Miami Vice take, Chris Hemsworth doesnt feel quite right for the role, imbuing his perf ..
Hemsworth and Tang Wei are pretty but boring. They are to the movie as a food bolus is to the esophagus, a painful blockage that should have been remo ..
Watching this film your adrenaline will continuously pump while you will be simultaneously surprised at finding yourself savoring the subtle, sublime ..
Oh men Sometimes I wish you would stop hogging everyones time and attention and let someone else have a shot.
Somewhere deep inside this illogical attempt at a drama about international cyber crimes is a fantastic idea.
I dont think hell be remembered for the largely forgettable Blackhat, but the movies not all bad.Its just a bit bland.
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Not only is he popular but he is very good looking.Too good looking.
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The film is tedious, preposterous and probably the weakest film Mann has directed.It lacks spark and life.
Its not an awful movie, but neither is it memorable: youre likely to have forgotten it by the time the next Kevin Hart film hits theaters next month.
But it earns its place in Manns continuing study of crime and criminals.
Get over the shock of seeing Chris Hemsworth as a keyboard clicking computer hacker rather than a hammer heaving Marvel hero and Michael Manns stylish ..
While it isnt great, the directors technical flourishes and storytelling elements remain consistently compelling,
You just sigh that hes missing the point of this material; played pulpy and tongue in cheek take a second to imagine 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger playi ..
A Turbulent Beginning Michael was conceived in 1997, but his mother Carly was not sure who had fathered her child, Tony Jones, her mothers husband, or ..
Perhaps the Sony hackers should have skipped The Interview and tried to shut down Blackhat. Then again, they never said they had anything against abje ..
Although slow in pace, Blackhat delivers uniquely intense scenes and one incredibly shocking moment, but blatantly disregards details any audience wou ..
Such startling bursts of brutal energy provide the rare thrills in a film that more often feels like an overlong slog.
Blackhat plays like a parody of a Michael Mann movie, which is depressing, given that it is a Michael Mann movie.
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The love story is key to all Manns maximally minimalist vehicles: It lends the lone wolf hero a humanity and highlights the distinction between a true ..
Too overlong to be a pleasant diversion, too badass in parts to completely dismiss, this is a movie that tapdances on the precise equator between good ..
But if it accidentally delivered a big fun action movie instead, Ill take it.
Arrives with such a resounding thud that one feels compelled to start a forensic investigation before the closing credits have even rolled.
Can anyone ever truly escape the scrutiny of the culture of surveillance
Slow, boring and inconsequential, with a butt ugly visual style and stakes that are both low and ever changing. Has nothing to say and no light to she ..
Mann may not be at the top of his form here, but Blackhat is still proof that even in a flawed work, he is a master filmmaker.
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Directed by Michael Mann.Michael Manns Blackhat is a glorious absurdity.
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This shaky action flick directed by Michael Mann botches its shot at being the of the moment cyberdrama it might have been.
Its the kind of movie film theorists could only dream about a century ago.That may sound odd, given how many critics have negatively pointed to the fi ..
Each and every revelation that our crew learns through their long, meandering mission doesnt feel like a revelation at all.
However, much like Manns forgettable glossy crime caper in his toothless big screen adaptation of TVs Miami Vice, the eye rolling Blackhat pounds its ..
A dim witted, dullard of a thriller about hacking and terrorism for profit that has one saving grace: timeliness...Being current only gets you so far ..
Unfortunately, Blackhat proves to be worthier of Januarys taint than of Manns good name.
Blackhat still manages to deliver the action while avoiding most major action frustrations.
The cameras slow and swirl, and the pair embrace in a long, warm bear hug.These ex roommates know each other intimately, and they have a deep intellec ..
But surely Viola Davis makes this disjointed mess worth the watch, right Wrong.
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