Blackhat – is this really Michael Mann?

I only believed this was a Michael Mann film because it said so at the end.  Actually there was one point where bullets were tearing holes in containers buff and looking frighteningly violent, when I though of Heat… but I took it as a conscious or even unconscious hommage to the the master.

Some day I will inform myself better of the details of the enormous artistic and technnical effort to create a film with a budget of $70MM.  I read once that The Gladiator started with some slick rich producers showing Ridley Scott the original painting of the same name by Jean-Léon Gérôme.  For BlackHat I can only imagine that Mann wanted to go shopping in Hong Kong, or be in Malaysia for the stag do of a good friend.  It is a film completely lacking in soul.  There is not a single minute where you either believe x hamster x or can imagine.  Check This is a film that demonstrates the difference between an artistic effort and a job.

I don’t even want to list the series of irritating scenes, miscasting, poor acting, utterly contrived plot twists and developments.  The Last of the Mohicans nadrex.  Heat.  Manhunter.  Come back Michael Mann.  Or else stay away and leave us to your luscious dreams.
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