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Blackhat (2015)

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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.

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Elias Kassar
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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 nuclear power plant 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 an 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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We are no longer in control


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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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16 January 2015 (USA)  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,415,000 (USA) (16 January 2015)

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$7,097,125 (USA) (23 January 2015)
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All of the hacking terms and procedures used in the film are from real life. See more »

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At around the 39 minute, an IP address is shown. 95.45.265.284: in an IP address each set cannot be more than 255. See more »

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Nicholas Hathaway: Are you still gonna like me if I'm fixing garage door openers?
Chen Lien: I don't know. Maybe.
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Featured in Blackhat: On Location Around the World (2015) See more »

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Let the Girls Out
from Elysium (2013)
Written and Produced by Ryan Amon
Courtesy of TriStar Pictures, Inc. and MRC II Distribution Company L.P.
Under License from Sony Pictures Music Group
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Excessively long, highly implausible and uninteresting
21 January 2015 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

There's no sugar coating it, Blackhat is terrible. It has agonizingly slow pace, stupid logic and a barrage of tech lingo which withers your will to watch it till the end. It's surprising that this is the work of Michael Mann who produced much superior film, Collateral, more than a decade ago. Chris Hemsworth as lead is willing, he makes the best out of his character, even if it seems he's lost most of the time.

The story revolves around a cyber terrorist attack on Hong Kong nuclear plant. Chris Hemsworth, because his screen name isn't memorable enough, is called to consult on apprehending the hacker responsible for this act. At first glance this is supposed to be cerebral endeavor, but it does not even come close. In fact, regular mundane investigation requires arduous effort. Finding the simplest clues will take five minutes of narrative, and this is done with incredibly alienating script. Plenty of terms that might not be familiar to audience, and even if that's not an issue, the movie repeats itself too many times without adding much.

There is no satisfying master plan, or even basic plan at all. Characters make the bad decisions such as not taking cover in fire fight or doing illicit deed in public, these are supposed to be agents sent to resolve international incident and mastermind behind it. In no realistic realm these scenarios could work, but they stupidly do, only for the sake of the plot. It disappoints in every turn, after all the nifty computer screen, I daresay Fast & Furious 5 plan of dragging bank vault makes more sense.

If the movie does anything right, it's the use of setting and cinematography. Michael Mann has a certain style which produces an authentic feel of any place the characters play in. Some scenes extenuate the long pace with unbridled view of buildings and the city. Unfortunately, with such thin substance it feels like a long boring drive at best.


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