A movie about cyber terrorism starring Chris Hemsworth? What could go wrong? Turns out a lot. Blackhat, directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral), is the one thing a thriller should never be: boring. Filled with tech jargon, spoken and subtitled, Blackhat is about as exciting as watching an actual hacker sit down at a computer and type.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) plays Nick Hathaway, a computer genius on furlow from prison to help stop a hacker who is causing havoc throughout China and the United States. Hathaway and a small team of way too good looking computer nerds are hot on his trail trying to figure out why he is doing this. Spoiler alert when you find out… you probably won’t care.
For what it’s worth Chris Hemsworth was not terrible in this movie. He is a charismatic guy, and on occasion that comes through in his acting. However, over all, he is given dull, sometimes laughably bad dialogue that ultimately does not work. Not to mention, as far as the movie tells us he is strictly a computer hacker, but he also seems to be well versed in gunplay and hand-to-hand combat because… plot? Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) was also a solid addition to the cast, giving as much to the bland dialogue as she could. Aside from that there were no memorable supporting characters, which means when most of them inevitably are killed, you don’t really care. Don’t get me started on the incredibly shoehorned “love story” that they threw out there to give the female audience something to hold on to. Stupid. Maybe I have no soul… But I expected more from the director of Heat.
I would be remiss if I did not point out the scarce yet exciting gun fights with very good sound design.
I know I’m not enjoying a movie when an hour in I’m checking the time and yawning uncontrollably. Because of its bland cinematography and script, along with its mediocre acting and story, I’d suggest you skip this movie. Want a better movie involving cyber terrorism? Watch James Bond’s Skyfall.
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