Blackhat, Michael Mann (2015)


So everyone’s like, the new Michael Mann movie sucks, and I’m like, you philistines probably just can’t appreciate it, so I cue it up, and oh my it is far worse than I could have imagined. There are some sequences where you get some of the classic Mann colors and set pieces, but in sum, watching Mann try to make a cyberthriller is like I imagine it might be to watch to the Stones cover Kraftwerk. It just doesn’t work. I’m too disappointed and disgusted to map out all the enormous structural failures but I have to single out the moment when the guy hangs up on the other guy and we hear an abrupt dial tone. They are both on cell phones, Michael. Better yet, the moment when the NSA cybersecurity expert gets a computer virus by clicking on a PDF in an email. My grandma knows better. What a disaster.

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