DVD Review: Blackhat
In Blackhat Chris Hemsworth plays the role of a convicted convicted hacker, Nick Hathaway, doing time in some US prison. But after another hacker sabotages a nuclear reactor in Hong Kong, causing a near meltdown the attacks the New York Stock Exchange, he gets a shot a freedom when his expertise is needed to help prevent any further attacks.
Up front Blackhat sounds like a half decent thriller, with a hopeful leaning towards an action packed Enemy Of The State type film. What we get instead is Hemsworth looking very uncomfortable infront of a keyboard but having very surprising gun and close combat skills. Add the that the terrible audio in places where the conversations seem to dip and peak with a huge amount of annoyance. Then there is the schizophrenic nature of the cinematography, where Michael Mann seems content to try many different types of visual style, at one point seemingly filming with the actors holding a GoPro on a selfie stick.
In short, visually it’s a mess. Story wise, it’s not much better, with some scenes spoon feeding the audience and others having only subtle clues as to whats going on.
Some of the best work is in the gun battles, but even in the best of these Mann seems to give up and play the obvious we don’t need these characters anymore card so down they go.
It’s a pity because when the film hits top gear it’s exhilarating, it’s just not so much fun when you crash at every corner.