Movie Review: Blackhat (2015)

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After over a week of abscence, movie reviews are back! And this time it is for a movie that I have been genuinely excited about for quite a while. Some of you might remember that I put the movie in my “Most Anticipated Movies of 2015” list… on third place to be completely honest. And now it is finally time to review it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blackhat”.

In this movie a cyber terrorist is blowing up nuclear plants around the world which brings together an American and a Chinsese agency to try to stop him, but they apparently can’t do jack-shit by themselves. So they bring out hacker Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) from prison to help them find and take down this cyber terrorist. There is also a romance side-plot involving Hathaway and one of his partners in this adventure. Problem is that none of these plots work very well. There was some excellent potential in the plot for the movie, but it isn’t that interesting. I wouldn’t say that the main plot is bad, but I would say that it isn’t as interesting as it could have been. And the romance side-plot… I didn’t fucking buy into it. It was like “Hey, we just met… want to get unrealistically romantically involved?”. I’m sorry, but that is basically what it was. They met and somehow they fell in love despite it being practically impossible. Hathaway probably just did it because she was the first hot woman he’d seen in quite some time (since he’s been in jail) and his hormones said “Dude, hot chick!”. And she fell in love with him because he’s Chris Hemsworth and I am over-analyzing this way too much! Plot overall was… meh.

The characters in this movie are really dull. And I don’t think it is because of the actors, because this movie got a very talented cast including Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis, two great actors. The reason all characters are less interesting than slices of white bread is because of the script which if you listen/look closely is pretty bad. Chris Hemsworth is the only somewhat interesting character in this movie because Hemsworth is an actor with an excellent screen presence, he is also generally likeable. But he is still just like I said, a piece of sliced white bread… pretty boring. Also, when does a hacker have time for a five hour gym routine… fucking never, that’s when! Hacking takes time, patience and concentration, it’s not as simple as in “Watch Dogs” where you just click a button and shit happens! *Deep breath* I am over-analyzing again… clam down Markus, it’s just a dumb action movie.

Here is at least a smoewhat redeaming factor, the music in the movie is genuinely good. It is a mix of different artists and composers to create a very mixed soundtrack that help convey some form of emotion despite the script being devoid of any emotion (shots fired?). However there is no real “Original Score” for the movie. There was supposed to be one done by Harry Gregson-Williams and Atticus Ross (Sidenote: I am intrigued by this, please let me listen to it) but it was ultimately scrapped by director Michael Mann for his typical mixed bag of music. And even though I am a little disappointed that we didn’t get to hear that probably great original score, the soundtrack we got was actually pretty great.

Like I mentioned a second ago, this movie was directed by Michael Mann who I am a fan of. I mean, “Heat” and “Collateral”, anyone? Anyway, he directed this movie and once again he has made a very well-directed and pretty unique looking movie. He uses his typical handheld camera style which makes a gritty and real feeling that I love. Again, like “Collateral”. And when a shootout happens, shit gets real! Whenever a shootout in a Michael Mann movie happens it actually feels real, the sound design feels so genuine that it immerses you into the scene and makes you feel like you’re a part of it. There is also a pretty cool hand-to-hand fight scene in a restaurant that I liked. But then we have a type of scene which just didn’t mesh very well with the gritty and handheld Mann style; and that is when they have a camera go through a computer-generated image of the inside of a computer (Computer-ception?). Those scenes look too polished and symmetrical and CGI-ish to actually work well together with the rest of the movie. They just feel distracting. Well… at least the shootouts are awesome.

This movie has not been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 34% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 51/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,4/10.

“Blackhat” is a bit of a fucking mess. It has a meh plot, boring characters, great music, fantastic direction (except for the CGI computer scenes) and some awesome action. It is such a mixed bag that it took me a while to figure out what to say about it. But I finally figured it out and now it’s time for my final score. Got a mail from Jeff. Oh, it’s my final score… guess he’s going digital. *Prints out score* *Computer dies* What the hell? Did he send me a virus? That bastard! My final score for “Blackhat” is a 6,42/10. I’d say that it’s worth renting.
Rent it

Review of “Blackhat” is completed.

Here is a better name for the movie that I found online: “Beefcake Supernerd”.

 

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