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
Michael Mann had final cut on the theatrical version, but he continued to work on the film after the release. In February 2016, Mann presented an alternative Director's Cut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which hosted screenings of his work. According to reports the new version added some material, deleted other material, had some important sequences in a different order and used some alternative footage, but the film still told the same story. Since Mann reportedly took notes while watching the new version with the audience, this was probably not his final version. It is not known if and when a new cut will be released. See more »
Hathaway is shown using a smartphone app named "Wipry" to search for the hidden bluetooth transmitter signal in Hong Kong using an Android phone. In reality "Wipry" is only available for Apple products and not for Android. See more »
Michael Mann premiered the Director's Cut during a retrospective of his films at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 10, 2016. This version is three minutes longer than the theatrical release, and opens with the hacking attack on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, rather than the Hong Kong nuclear plant attack, which has been moved to the middle of the film. Some scenes and dialogue exchanges have also been cut or shortened. This version was shown on FX on May 9, 2017, and several days later it was made available on DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV and other streaming services. See more »
I waited a long time watching this movie because of all the bad summaries and ratings, but, here is my opinion. - Blackhat is an entertaining movie with an interesting visual language and I was really surprised how "not that bad" it is. Yeah sure, it doesn't have the dept of a Heat or Aviator, but it is still a solid peace - I Have a feeling that a lot of the people didn't understand Manns intentions in terms of camera, picture language and dramaturgy. The same thing happened with Miami vice! - My advice, watch it and form your own opinion and do not make the same mistake as me not watching it due to the opinion of others.
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