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A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.

Actors: Wei Tang , Christian Borle , Ritchie Coster , Andy On , Holt McCallany , Viola Davis , Tang Wei , Leehom Wang , Chris Hemsworth , John Ortiz , Yorick van Wageningen
Directors: Michael Mann
Country: USA
Release: 2015-01-16
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Slick and sometimes goofy as it is, Blackhat is an odd, fascinating movie: a high-tech action thriller about the human condition. I can think of no better current illustration of the notion that, to quote this site's founder, it's not what a movie is about, it's how it's about it. Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    Michael Mann's camera elegantly collapses the spaces between bodies and objects without sacrificing spatial coherence.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Mann’s first feature in nearly six years, the hacking thriller Blackhat is rough even by the standards of its director’s current creative period.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Blackhat is a meticulous and exacting procedural, as obsessive with its hunt for its intangible antagonist as Mann’s compulsive desire to appreciate the flow of 1s and 0s in the virtual space. It’s chockablock with technobabble and jargon that may alienate the average viewer, but Mann’s secret weapon is his infectious fascination with the subject. The movie is like a conductive surface for his unmitigated zeal, and its potency is viral.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Michael Mann’s thriller Blackhat, a story about the intersection of bodies and machines, is a spectacular work of unhinged moviemaking. By turns brutal and sentimental, lovely and lurid, as serious as the grave and blissfully preposterous, it combines a truckload of plot with many of the obsessions, tropes, sights and sounds that distinguish his other movies.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Unlike most directors, style is hardly a side dish with Michael Mann—it’s the main entrée. No one captures city lights at night or luxury cars slinking down the highway like the creator of Miami Vice, and his conversion to digital video continues to yield breathtaking results.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite being overlong, Blackhat is mostly engaging. The narrative features one major change of direction and things get increasingly preposterous as the climax approaches, but that's not unusual in this genre.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Best of all is the excitement of watching Mann use his kinetic powers as a filmmaker to tackle the new face of 21st-century warfare.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The camera tricks, the pacing, and the superbly choreographed set pieces are all there, in the right order, primed and timed like a string of fireworks. But what's holding Blackhat together is a dopey, ham-fisted script that plays like it's plucked from the bottom of the James Bond slush pile.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Technology may have changed, cyber-crime may be all the rage, but the narrative song remains the same in films like this, and it's a tune this director knows by heart.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    At its best, the movie achieves a broody dazzle, even as the narrative proves less memorable than one would have hoped. But the fluency of Mann’s direction and the slow-burn chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei counterbalance the more ordinary, and not always involving, procedural elements.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This Michael Mann-directed film is full of Michael Mann-isms, many of them familiar from, and done better in, “Heat.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A thickly plotted disappointment, yet it has three or four big sequences proving that director Michael Mann, who gave us "Thief," "Heat," "Collateral" and others, has lost none of his instincts for how to choreograph, photograph and edit screen violence.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There’s visual thinking everywhere you look in Blackhat, which is great until you realize that it’s bled into a kind of overthinking — the movie is too much of a good thing, an exercise that flattens any potential exhilaration or excitement into the sensation of grading a term paper.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Watching actors tap out code as big buzzing screens of digital data flash on the screen just doesn’t cut it.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Good enough to make you wish it were better.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Though the pacing is lumpy, to say the least, Blackhat occasionally bursts to life when Mann breaks out one of his signature action setpieces, which have the distinct pop of heavy artillery and the immediacy of video.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The film is a snarl of contradictions, starting with the discrepancy between Mann’s obsessive demand for realism and the consistently implausible screenplay.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Occasionally, Mann shows flashes of the sort of springloaded action set pieces he was once hailed for, like a shoot-out during a religious parade. But mostly they just come off as warmed-over parodies from a onetime master aping his own style.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Blackhat is a mess of a movie from Michael Mann, a would-be cyberthriller slowed by stupidity and sabotaged by a stunningly silly subplot.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Unfortunately, Mann’s newest film, Blackhat, fails to connect.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Louis Black

    Blackhat plays a surprisingly flat and ever-flatter cinema texture against the careful roll-out of an elaborate plot. Not only is the pacing deliberate, but Mann often supplies only about 80% of the information needed to understand what is going on in a scene.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Blackhat can’t decide if it is a grim, realistic story from the trenches or cyberwarfare or a giddy, “who cares if that makes sense?” Bond film.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    Interminable techno-dud.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Unfortunately, Mann also leans on ill-fitting story elements that he might easily and smartly have avoided, and the movie’s rhythms and credibility pay for it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Blackhat is a tedious, preposterous and incoherent cyberthriller that is anything but thrilling.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Blackhat will serve no purpose other than deflating the “Heat” director’s reputation and the star’s chances of ever starring in anything that doesn’t involve a helmet with horns on it.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Blackhat is pretty much nonsense, which Mann directs with such misplaced energy and with such little natural instinct for the material that, for most of the running time, the movie’s problems seem entirely his fault.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Blackhat is a staggering misfire by a whole bunch of talented people, terrible in a way that only a good filmmaker can accomplish, and it kicks off 2015 by setting the bar very, very low. Things can only get better from here.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The narrative core suffers a conspicuous meltdown, though not before Mr. Mann gets to stage a few impressive action sequences, the best and loudest of which concerns a shootout in a curvilinear tunnel. As for the climax, set against a massive torchlight parade through the streets of Jakarta, it’s very elaborate, and terribly dumb.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Blackhat is such a massive fiasco that it’s hard to know where to begin analyzing it.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Blackhat is also one of the most visually unattractive movies I’ve ever seen.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    A moody cyber-noir with not much on its mind but looking good, Blackhat is a must-see if you like your dialogue (romantic, dramatic, subtitled Cantonese) peppered with techspeak.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Only Michael Mann could have made it. And thank goodness he did.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Craig Williams

    Blackhat is about the contraflow; it's a disruption in the new technocracy and a fly in the ointment of big budget Hollywood cinema.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    It’s no "Heat" but the niggles are easily forgiven given the virtuosity on show and the mood oozing from every frame. No one shoots faces, architecture and gunfights like Mann.

    Total Film Full Review
  • James Dyer

    A competent procedural rather than the ground-breaking cybersaga we’d hoped for. But as with Miami Vice, Mann’s boundless style does a remarkable job of disguising the lack of substance.

    Empire Full Review
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