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Blackhat

by Justin Johnson | 2015-01-16 | Movies, Reviews
Some say a good hacker movie has been missing from mainstream media for a long time.  With all the movie remakes and re-used ideas in film today, can you think of the last great hacker movie?  War Games (1983)?  Sneakers (1992)?  Hackers (1995)?  So the question on everyone’s mind might be, is Blackhat the great hacker movie that has eluded Hollywood for so many years?  Unfortunately the answer is not really, which can be considered both good and bad.  Good because there is still a sorely untapped source of movie material out there, bad because perhaps a hacker movie can’t be made great.  I mean, how long can the audience stare at some computer geek pounding away on a keyboard before we get bored?  Is that all a hacker movie can portray?  I for one think that a great hacker movie, as elusive as the movie may be, is out there.  It’s lurking in some young film writers mind, just waiting for Hollywood recognize its potential. The script will take the latest material from real life events and put it on film in such a way that the audience can relate, be drawn in, and cheer – perhaps even for a blackhat to win.  So what is a blackhat you may ask?  It’s a computer hacker that is breaking laws for malicious intent or personal gain.  So with that thought, lets dive into the movie. Blackhat is directed by Michael Mann, director of great films such as Heat and Collateral.  Clearly known for his cops and robbers type films, I was curious how he would direct a new genre of movie.  We clearly have plenty of “Michael Mann” moments in the film where the slow melodic music plays as a backdrop to main characters making their rounds, doing their thing, and living their life.  Unfortunately, the approach Mr. Mann’s takes with most movies did not work for me here.  The slow drama moments seemed very disingenuous with a total lack of emotion... read
 

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