“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.”
Blackhat is a solid movie, but it lacks the real intensity of previous Mann films. He is still very much in charge of his very particular style and methods of film making, but things that were real staples of a Mann film aren’t present here. There are a few pros and cons here. For one, no one has a better handle on giving a movie like this a true, real, gritty feel. The combination of cameras and the way they are used allow for smooth big views when needed, then for tight in your face dirty shooting. He is also one of the best at gunplay, in terms of giving that real feel and most definitely in the sound. The film however really does suffer from the lack of a well defined and realized villain. That in tern then lessens the stakes a bit. Where in previous Mann films we would get a great feel for the tension in his long scenes, here some of them just seem to be long winded and end up slowing down the pacing. This movie could also definitely benefit from being a bit shorter. Edited down and the narrative itself would be much more compelling. It is still however, a solid movie, and by solid I mean there aren’t many of your standard plot holes here, but the movie does stumble over itself a few times, and can’t raise the stakes in the way that it intends too.
Review Score : 6 out of 10