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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.


Michael Mann
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... Nick Hathaway
Leehom Wang ... Chen Dawai
Wei Tang ... Chen Lien
Viola Davis ... Carol Barrett
Holt McCallany ... Mark Jessup
Andy On ... Alex Trang
Ritchie Coster ... Elias Kassar
Christian Borle ... Jeff Robichaud
John Ortiz ... Henry Pollack
Yorick van Wageningen ... Sadak
Tyson Chak Tyson Chak ... Tech
Brandon Molale ... Sort Guard
Danny Burstein ... Associate Warden Jeffries
Archie Kao ... Shum
Abhi Sinha ... Daniels


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


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,415,000, 18 January 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,005,980, 31 December 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Lien and Nick are outside walking to the hacker's apartment in LA, she can be seen wearing maroon colored tank top. In the next scene inside the apartment, the color of her tank top suddenly changes to light blue instead. See more »


[from trailer]
Elias Kassar: This isn't about money. This isn't about politics. I can target anyone, anything, anywhere.
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Alternate Versions

Michael Mann premiered the director's cut of the film 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 cut was shown on FX on May 9, 2017; several days later it was made available on DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV and other streaming services. See more »


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Hacking - Lucrative Trade
31 July 2015 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

This is one of the few, say past fifteen years, films with science and or high tech as an important plot element, whether sci-fi or just drama, that did its research and got the science/tech mostly right. And, it did so in a way that explained it with some entertaining clarity e.g. the opening, and a couple of other scenes, showing packets of data traveling through computer architecture was about as good as it can be. The rest of the film that dealt with cyber hacking was presented with accuracy and surprising clarity for a mass marketing film. Great location authenticity with filming in L.A. (OK, that's not so great), Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong.

On the other hand the action scenes were basically just movie entertainment and at times a bit overboard. Such as, and a bit far-fetched, that our lead character (Hemsworth) is a world class coder (programmer) and some how had the time to become a world class action killing machine. Talk about being a Renaissance man! More of an international cast would have been interesting. Davis (with Tina Turner wig which made no sense for an agent) was stereotyped into filling the black FBI agent role which seems to be a popular character placement in film in recent years (e.g., recently, "Powers").

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