Blackhat (2015) A Michael Mann film

Directors Club Cinema 3 
SM City BF Parañaque

The trailer that I was not able to see

Blackhat is another one of those films that we opted to watch without knowing what to expect, except that it was a security cracker film and it starred Chris Hemsworth.  We never saw any trailer and we weren't able to read press releases too.  

I guess it's better that way.  You start with a blank slate and no one's opinion would make you jaded regarding that film.  

Chris Hemsworth doesn't appear until sometime that you may wonder if you, entered the right cinema or not so when Wang Leehom the Asian-American singer who plays Chen Dawai, appeared, he was sort of the saving grace of the first part of the film.  It is believed that singers are better actors because they don't only memorize their lines, they internalize and they understand each word or phrase to be more effective than others so that they could be who they are portraying and I believe he was able to deliver.  Not only that, he was also an eye candy.

Chris Hemsworth is very bankable, yes, but I guess he didn't give it his all as Nick Hathaway, the secret crush of Dawai's sister, Lien.  His love affair with the beautiful Tang Wei was sort of forced.  I didn't feel their connection.  They do look good together in Malaysia and Indonesia, under the heat of the sun, but their love or lust for one another, could be called trying hard at first.

Later, maybe when they were more comfortable with one another as co-stars, they become somehow convincing.

I just found it funny that, although they were fast, they seemed to be typing fewer keys than those appearing on screen.  The commands they typed executed a little bit too much.  Well, what do I know? I am NOT a computer expert. ;-)  

Anyway, I think the actors(and probably this entire crew) worked well together.  There were a few scenes that made you wonder why Agent Carol Barrett portrayed by Viola Davis, stood where she stood when... 

Hemsworth and Tang became better towards the last quarter of the film and the story itself added a bit of excitement towards the end.  

It's not the best Michael Mann film, but it's good enough.

Directed byMichael Mann
Produced by
Written by
Music by
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Edited by
Distributed byUniversal Pictures

 A "black hat" hacker is a hacker who "violates computer security for little reason beyond maliciousness or for personal gain" (Moore, 2005).[9] Black hat hackers form the stereotypical, illegal hacking groups often portrayed in popular culture, and are "the epitome of all that the public fears in a computer criminal".[10] Black hat hackers break into secure networks to destroy, modify, or steal data; or to make the network unusable for those who are authorized to use the network. Black hat hackers are also referred to as the "crackers" within the security industry and by modern programmers. Crackers keep the awareness of the vulnerabilities to themselves and do not notify the general public or the manufacturer for patches to be applied. Individual freedom and accessibility is promoted over privacy and security. Once they have gained control over a system, they may apply patches or fixes to the system only to keep their reigning control. Richard Stallman invented the definition to express the maliciousness of a criminal hacker versus a white hat hacker who performs hacking duties to identify places to repair.- Wikipedia

Premise: A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Storyline from imdb:  Nick Hathaway, an extremely talented hacker who has gone astray, finds his way out of a 15 year prison sentence when parts of a computer code he once wrote during his youth appears in a malware that triggered a terrorist attack in a factory in China. This opportunity will reunite him with an old friend but will also put him in the middle of a power game between the American and Chinese government as well as arch villain hacker whose identity he has to find if he wants to keep his freedom and his life. Written by ithia2003

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