Chris’ latest film, Blackhat which follows the world of cyber hacking hit theatres this weekend. Take a look below at what the critics have to say about the film:
RogerEbert.com — “Blackhat” is far from a perfect movie, mind you. Its rock-solid confidence in technical details isn’t matched by similarly exacting attention to plot mechanics. Key roles are miscast or underwritten. The filmmaking prods you to contemplate the physicality, the tangibility, of what’s onscreen—to think about actions as actions, people as people, things as things.
Time.com — Blithely deflecting any audience anticipation of headline relevance or, really, human connection, Blackhat also abandons its own plot for long, closeup studies of bodies in rest or motion. The movie makes space for a romance between Nicholas and Lien, which it anatomizes in a series of languorous attitudes, like a Calvin Klein commercial without the briefs. (Tang Wei, who sizzled as the heroine of Ang Lee’s sexy drama Lust, Caution, is virtually invisible here.) The love scenes can’t match the erotic heat Mann applies to shots of the hackers’ traveling computer code. Those montages make malware a fashion statement: “our spring collection of malwear.”
Engadget.com — Blackhat is simply confused about what it wants to be. At times, it’s a deep cybercrime thriller that taps into our modern zeitgeist of interconnectedness and security fears. And elsewhere, it’s an action film, with elaborate shootouts, surprise explosions and set pieces involving hundreds of extras. But, for the most part, it’s just dull and lifeless. And, strangely, the most significant cyberattack happens at the beginning of the film — the frumpy and bland villain’s plan at the end isn’t nearly as scary as power plants blowing up. I’m not sure how you can make the threat of an all-powerful Stuxnet-like attack boring, but Blackhat somehow managed to do it.
RottenTomatoes.com — Thematically timely but dramatically inert, Blackhat strands Chris Hemsworth in a muddled misfire from director Michael Mann. 31% rating.
NYtimes.com — Hemsworth is a brooding Adonis best known for playing Thor in the big-screen cartoons who should be better known for playing a racecar driver in the undersung “Rush.” He has a pallor and hard-body physique that don’t jibe with the usual mental snapshot of the puny, pasty criminal hacker, even if his bulk makes sense as a jailhouse defense. He isn’t a persuasive typist (he was tutored on his keyboard fingerwork), but what he does have is a natural pensiveness bordering on melancholy that creates a nice frisson with his bulging muscles and heartthrob looks. You can see him diving into thought, which works for a role that requires his character to serve as our conduit for a lot of jargon. His strong physicality also works with the movie’s sense of hacking and other tech work as labor.