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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 133 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
When a malicious program leads to a disaster at a nuclear power plant in Hong Kong, Captain Chen Dawai (Wang Leehom) is assigned by the Ministry of Defense for Cybercrime to locate the masterminds behind the attack. A short time later, when the American stock exchange is attacked with the same software, China and the USA decide to cooperate in this case. When Captain Chen proposes to FBI agent Carol Barrett (Viola Davis) to call in the detained hacker Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), with whom he studied at MIT, the first tensions between the unequal investigators become apparent. Barrett finds it far too high a price to pay to grant freedom to an enemy of the state like Hathaway and to put a stop to a cyber terrorist. But the case takes on ever more dangerous proportions, so that they simply can't do without the help of a brilliant hacker like Hathaway. But he quickly has to realize that he's dealing with an enemy against whom even his skills seem to be powerless…
With "Blackhat" director Michael Mann moves into safe terrain for him. For with films like "Heat" or "Collateral" he has proven himself to be a master of contemporary thriller and action cinema. Manns films usually stand out from the crowd because of their very special visual style alone. A fast-paced cyberthriller seemed to be in good hands with the producer of the cult series "Miami Vice". And indeed, Mann's first directorial work in six years promises to be a high-quality tension cinema. A brand-new, exciting story, an atmospheric look and good actors make for an absolutely successful start, which shows the director in top form.
However, unfortunately the film can't keep what the beginning promises at the end. The story becomes more and more confusing and gets lost in logical holes that are just too big to cover the positive aspects. The sometimes too shaky handheld camera optics also spoils the pleasure of the few action sequences, which are otherwise implemented in a first-class way. And so the initial tension eventually turns into a viscous rippling boredom, which is only occasionally interrupted by small dramaturgical highlights.
If the script hadn't concentrated too often on unnecessary side scenes and instead put a little more focus on the elaboration of the characters, then "Blackhat" could have been a really good movie. The underlying concept of the story offers enough entertainment potential and the actors are also much better than they are allowed to prove it here. But both director Michael Mann and the actors sell themselves far below value for an unfinished cyberthriller, which would like to be cleverer than it is in the end. Not a total failure, but unfortunately by far not what you should have expected from Michael Mann. There's only one for that: Worth seeing with some exceptions!
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