Blackhat (2015)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller


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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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31 July 2015 | westsideschl
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| Hacking - Lucrative Trade
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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Composer Harry Gregson-Williams wrote that most of the music featured in Blackhat (2015) is not his, even though he's given on-screen credit. He expressed his disappointment on Facebook right after the premiere, when he had discovered for the first time that director Michael Mann only used a small part of his original score. His since-deleted post said: "I would like it to be known for what it's worth that the 'score' for Blackhat maybe credited to me, but contains almost none of my compositions. I attended the premiere of the movie at the end of last week and discovered, to my horror, music that shocked and surprised me... quasi emotional (synth) string pieces that I'd never heard in my life before. I knew of at least one other composer, a good one at that(!), that had put in months of work on this movie just as I had, but this appeared to me to be in addition to both our contributions. I can say nothing for certain except that I was not the author of most of what is now in the movie." Most of Gregson-Williams' work was replaced with compositions by Atticus Ross and Leopold Ross. Additionally, five themes originally composed by Ryan Amon for the score of Elysium (2013) were re-used in Blackhat (2015).


Quotes

Nicholas Hathaway: We're in.
Carol Barrett: You can call me "chica" any time you want.


Goofs

When Nick and Lien arrived in Perak, Malaysia, as per the satellite's scan and GPS coordinates, the vehicle (a Toyota Hilux) that they were using had Indonesian registration plates.


Alternate Versions

In the European version of the film, the description of Lozano and his affiliation with the "Los Zapotecas" gang at approx. 26 minutes into the film is shortened.


Soundtracks

The Chink
Written by Anthony Wen, Kenji Lin
Performed by Kenji Lin
Courtesy of Sony Music Publishing, Ltd.
Taiwan Branch & Fine Gold Music

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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