First Blackhat Reviews Are In

There’s probably people in the world that didn’t take computer hacking that seriously, but as the Sony hack has proved, even a big corporation can get hit, and bad. This makes Michael Mann’s latest thriller, Blackhat, right on time. It’s opening on Friday, and the first reviews are in. The verdict so far?

The Hollywood Reporter calls it “alternately heart pounding and disappointingly dry…at best the movie achieves a broody dazzle, even as the narrative proves less memorable than one would have hoped.”

What do the geeks think? Gizmodo writes that “Blackhat allllmost gets hacking right…and despite the dumb plot and mindless violence, Blackhat almost makes hacking believable – almost…the movie suffers for reasons many big budget Hollywood action movies are are bad: laughable dialogue, questionable portrayals of women, ridiculous plot twists, an unfortunate attempt at a love story. The hacking part is almost interesting, though.”

Variety called it an “inelegant yet breathlessly up-to-the-minute thriller…powered by criminal stunts that make last month’s Sony breach seem amateur, plus action sequences punchy enough to justify the price of admission, it could hardly be called hackwork.”

David Konow

David Konow has been a writer for far too long. He has written for Deadline, Indiewire, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, The Wrap, Tom's Games, and many others. He has also authored three books: Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and Reel Terror (St Martins).


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