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Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »
- Joshua Gaul
Val Kilmer is said to be recovering after a major health scare. The Tombstone star was rushed to UCLA Medical Center on Monday night after he started bleeding from his throat and ended up undergoing emergency surgery to treat a tumor, TMZ reported Friday. The Santa Monica Fire Department confirmed to People that a call came in at 11:31 p.m. on Jan. 26 and the patients was transported via Als to UCLA's Santa Monica location. While Als stands for advanced life support, that doesn't necessarily mean Kilmer's situation was that dire; the Als crew is dispatched for other types of situations as well. Kilmer—whose most memorable films include Willow, Top Gun, The Doors, Heat, »
Sadly, the first film scripted by William Goldman to hit theaters since the anus-monster mess Dreamcatcher is no return to form, and this time, there's no ass-obsessed Stephen King book to blame. Goldman's script adapts Wild Card from his own 1985 novel Heat, a Las Vegas noir in which a tough with a gambling problem rents himself out to folks who need muscle — and, on the side, runs into lots of friends whose problems can only be solved through his skills weaponizing any sharp object he happens to clutch. Don't mess with him if he's got cutlery!
Director Simon West's film doesn't improve much on the 1986 version, the Heat that's not Michael Mann's, but star Jason Statham proves a more credible improv-killer than Burt Reynolds did. Overstuffed and »
Switzer Entertainment Group started filming the action movie, ‘Blue Line‘ this past Sunday, January 25th in Connecticut! ‘Blue Line’ is about a master thief pulling off the heist of a lifetime with a jaded police detective hot on her trail. The movie stars Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Heat) Jordan … Continue reading →
- Mike Joy
EA has opted to release a flurry of new details relating to its upcoming cops versus robbers shooter Battlefield Hardline, which will contain nine maps and seven gameplay modes at launch.
Ardent fans of the blockbuster series will be pleased to note that Conquest makes a return to the action, which matches teams of players together and encourages them to control strategic areas of the environment for as long as possible. Given that this mode in particular can host up to 64 users, it’s exciting to see it return for Visceral Games’ first foray at the helm and how the studio will mould it around Hardline‘s good guy, bad guy gunfights.
But Visceral is also balancing the old with the new, introducing Bf fans to novel game modes such as Blood Money. Here, players will take up arms on either side of the law in an attempt to steal »
- Michael Briers
Written by Michael Mann
Directed by Michael Mann
In the stunningly well shot opening scene to Michael Mann’s directorial debut, Thief, Frank (James Caan) and his partners (among them James Beluhi) in crime (among them James Belushi) crack open an impressive safe using high end, powerful tools like gear heads when they handle wrenches and such when toying with cars. This is what Frank does for a living, stealing money and jewels with the help of massive tools. Such utilities are required for the high stakes, extremely dangerous heists his team performs, but then again, the higher the risks the greater the bounty. Shortly thereafter it becomes known that Frank fancies a pretty waitress at a local diner, Jessie (Tuesday Weld) with whom he would like to start a serious relationship, something she accepts after some considerable convincing on Frank’s part. However much he »
- Edgar Chaput
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
In Michael Mann’s 1995 crime epic Heat, Robert De Niro’s career criminal Neil McCauley sits across from Al Pacino’s detective Vincent Hanna at an L.A. diner and recites for him his personal and professional mantra: “Allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat coming around the corner.”
It’s a great scene, arguably the best in the entire movie; more than that, however, it’s also an inadvertently perfect distillation of Mann’s rigorously disciplined and unhurried approach to moviemaking. To date, Mann has only directed eleven theatrical films – the latest, Blackhat, has just been released in the Us.
That’s a shockingly low number of films for a director as revered as Mann, but in today’s pop culture scene, where quantity all too easily tends to outshine quality, there »
- Benjamin Brown
American Sniper, which technically opened Dec. 6 but only in limited release, stars Bradley Cooper, while Blackhat stars People's Sexiest Man Alive Chris Hemsworth -- but Hemsworth's dreamy looks weren't enough to take down Cooper and his sniper rifle.
In its first weekend of wide release, American Sniper snagged a staggering $90.2 million and earned itself the box office top spot. Meanwhile, in it's opening weekend Blackhat came in 10th with a disappointing $4 million.
However, Mann is considered to be one of the best action-thriller directors of our generation, with films like Heat and Collateral securing his legacy. Eastwood, on the other hand, is a legend in the field of filmmaking and has created a slew of Oscar-winning movies.
Is Mann's »
Let's face it, computer hacking is the dark cloud that hangs over every single one of us, every single day. At any time, a hacker can attack us, stealing our personal information, draining our bank accounts, shutting down our video game networks, stopping movies from being released theatrically, and hitting in acts of terror that not even Isis can imagine. Hacking is the perfect fodder for a tense movie thriller, as it can -- and has -- affected all of us in our daily lives in one way or another.
In Blackhat, Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, Miami Vice) presents one such scenario, where a hacker attacks a sovereign nation from the shadows and sends governments into a frenzy of trying to stop him or her before they attack again. Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Rush) stars as Nick Hathaway, an expert hacker serving hard time for past cyber crimes. When »
Michael Mann is fascinated by obsessives who work on opposite sides of the law. In fact, when you go over his filmography, it’s filled with them: loners who are hardened by choice and keep others at a constant arm’s-length, indulging in their skills instead.
Starting in 1981, Mann made his first feature, Thief, about a professional safe-cracker who finds his way under the thumb of the mob. Frank (James Caan) wants what everyone else has, but can’t have it because his profession effectively keeps him on the outskirts of society.
Mann’s works always tend to lend a sympathetic eye to those perceived as criminals. Sure they break the law, yet they possess a strong value system and always abide by their respective codes. These men don’t waver, circumstances merely fail them and they adapt. It’s what makes them consummate professionals. Sure there is a thrill »
- Colin Biggs
If moviegoers were hoping thriller “Blackhat” and comedy “The Wedding Ringer” could be alternatives from all of the serious awards contenders that have been flooding theaters for the last two months, critics have some bad news. The two movies have been panned in the majority of reviews as stinkers.
The wide releases — one a Michael Mann hacker thriller from Universal and the other a Kevin Hart comedy from Sony — are currently tied on Rotten Tomatoes for an equally “rotten” 31 percent approval ratings from critics.
- Greg Gilman
A random person somewhere in the world pushes a button on a keyboard and a nuclear reactor in China blows up. Next, the same anonymous cyber-terrorist pushes the same “Enter” key and stock prices in the Us begin to inflate, causing a potential market crash. This is the operative threat at hand in Michael Mann’s first film in six years, Blackhat. The film, which wavers between tedious implausibility and the classic, stylish meticulousness that Mann has fashioned into his auteurist calling card, always keeps the unknown danger that could come from anywhere at anytime in the back of its head. It’s the potential danger that electric pulses running across a few pieces of plastic can wreak havoc on a global scale that gives Blackhat a real jolt out of the gate. Too bad it never coalesces into something that lives up to what it initially guarantees.
Acting like »
- Sean Hutchinson
Blackhat is a film about computer hacker, a “black hat” in It parlance, causing mayhem and destruction. In light of the recent world events, what more timely a topic could Hollywood possibly tackle? The film is directed by Michael Mann, who is known for films like Thief (1981), Heat (1995), and Miami Vice (2006) to name only a few. Mann is all about a gritty approach and hitting action beats aggressively while at the same time embracing the visual beauty of a scene. The script for this film was written by a first-timer, Morgan Davis Foehl, who is making the leap from editor to writer here, which is a bit ironic (more on that later).
The story follows Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) who is in prison for hacking and has now been provisionally released in order to pursue a menacing hacker – the aforementioned blackhat. The plan is not a new one. The send »
- Steven Gahm
The composer had worked on the score of the film for several months, and was aware Mann had hired others before and after his work. Yet in a Facebook posting earlier this week, one which has since been deleted, he reportedly expressed shock and displeasure that the final film "contains almost none of my compositions... I was not the author of most of what is now in the movie."
Variety got in touch with Mann about the posting and here's his response: "Harry's a talented composer whose music needed editing and remixing to fit the very contemporary subject and ambitions of my picture. He was one of (several) composers who contributed to the score - along with Atticus and Leo Ross, Ryan Amon and Mike Dean. »
- Garth Franklin
Written by Morgan Davis Foehl
Directed by Michael Mann
Blackhat is a cyber-thriller that starts out boring and ends dumb. It’s almost unimaginable that a gifted director like Michael Mann, responsible for, arguably, the best crime-thriller of the last 30 years in Heat, could helm a film so utterly bereft of tension or drama. Not even his signature hyper-stylized aesthetic can disguise what a lackluster film this is. From the unimaginative script to the indifferent editing, Blackhat needs a complete overhaul to escape the basement of Mann’s distinguished filmography.
Watching people play on the computer is like being the designated driver at a bachelor party. That this genre peaked with WarGames over 40 years ago is a clear indication that cyber-thrillers are anything but thrilling. Mann uses every trick in the book to make the Internet wankery interesting—including a rollercoaster ride inside the circuitry itself—but he »
- J.R. Kinnard
Michael Mann has long been one of the most iconic filmmakers working in Hollywood. From his early years with such films as Thief and Manhunter to greats such as The Insider, Collateral and Heat, he continues to venture into exciting new cinematic territory. This is especially true with his latest where he explores the world of cybercrime with Blackhat. Sitting across from this legendary director is an incredible honor. As detailed as he is when directing, the same can be said when he is »
Only days before the January 16 opening of Michael Mann’s new cyber-thriller “Blackhat,” one of the film’s credited composers, Harry Gregson-Williams, took to Facebook to voice his displeasure with how his work was – or wasn’t – used in the film, asserting that the film “contains almost none of my compositions. … I was not the author of most of what is now in the movie.”
He subsequently removed the posting, but not before a new Hollywood controversy was born.
“Harry’s a talented composer whose music needed editing and remixing to fit the very contemporary subject and ambitions of my picture,” said Mann. “He was one of (several) composers who contributed to the score — along with Atticus and Leo Ross, Ryan Amon and Mike Dean. »
- Variety Staff
Movies about computers or computer hackers have never been particularly exciting, at least on the big screen. Maybe that's because the act of typing something on a keyboard while little words or hieroglyphics of code appear on the screen in front of you isn't the most cinematic conceit. There's not a lot of drama or suspense to be mined from, say, checking your email or engaging in an online chat. No matter how fraught with tension these acts are in real life might seem, they rarely translate to anything even remotely gripping on the big screen. And there is a used car lot full of movies that have attempted to mine thrills from people doing things on a computer and failed miserably ("The Net," "Hackers," "Swordfish," etc.)
- Drew Taylor
Someone, somewhere, hits the “Enter” key, and a nuclear reactor in China explodes. A similar attack against the U.S. fails, but when the same hacker causes minor havoc on the stock exchange a joint American/Chinese task force is formed to locate and capture the cyber bully. Captain Chen Dawai (Wang Leehom) insists that they need the assistance of a currently imprisoned hacker named Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), and soon the team — which also includes F.B.I. agent Carol Barrett (Viola Davis), U.S. Marshal Mark Jessup (Holt McCallany) and Chen’s sister, Lien (Tang Wei) — is trotting around the globe in search of the criminal mastermind. Hackers haven’t exactly had the best track record when it comes to being central to a film’s plot, and the great ones can be counted on one hand — WarGames, Sneakers, ? — so newly announced titles are often greeted with understandable hesitation. The »
- Rob Hunter
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