Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blackhat (2015)

Director: Michael Mann. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang. 133 min. Rated R. Action/Crime.

From L.A. dramas to gangster movies, Michael Mann has proven himself a crime genre expert. But here with a shift towards global cyber-terrorism, it's almost as if he's running out of ideas. The thriller uses the structure of one his most admired films, Heat (long frustrating cat-and-mouse chases, with mid-story machine gun battles in the streets), while becoming too reminiscent of the late Tony Scott's cyber-thrillers (Enemy of the State, Spy Games). But neither Hemsworth is even distantly of Pacino or DeNiro's caliber, nor is the climax as fulfilling as a Tony Scott film. All and all, nothing new.

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