Blackhat has no originality and a convoluted story line, there is a reason this film was slated with a January release and no marketing. Woof.
Blackhat is the type of methodical crime drama thriller that infuriates fans of the genre. Rather than trying to be energetic and original, it follows the formula to a banal end and is frustratingly uninformed.
With several interwoven subjects such as computer hacking, market manipulation, terrorist attacks and prison furloughs, it makes sense that every other film summary of this messy narrative starts Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth). Honestly, if you truly try to summarize the plot it reveals itself for its true form – a baffling waste of time. What starts as a film about an explosion in Hong Kong and a market surge across the world in Chicago swiftly turns into a race against time to preserve Hathaway’s freedom. Oh, and did we mention he falls in love in that time?
The introduction to the film and the core plot of Blackhat is not terrible, but as the movie twists and turns over the course of over two hours, it digs a deeper and more intricate rabbit hole. Blackhat is like a first draft screenplay turned in by an undergraduate without any revisions or proofreading because the deadline was in an hour. It’s as if screenwriter Morgan Davis Foehl hopes to beguile viewers with labyrinthine plot shifts to trick them into thinking these perplexities were well done and bold craftings.
Perhaps Foehl has no idea about cyber crime and director Michael Mann is a bit out of touch with the modern and smart film viewer. The entirety of Blackhat is horridly unrealistic, ineffective, inferior and forgettable.