It's nice to start the cinematic year in Michael Mann's world (by afondhenry)
It's nice to start the cinematic year in Michael Mann's world with echoes of Thief, Manhunter, Heat,...It's a man's world, and that's what I enjoy in these films and the way they look. The technological gimmickry is there in the world, and you have to accept it, but try not to become enslaved by it, and deal with situations in the mano-a-mano way.More than two decades ago I had one assignment with computer programming, I never had facebook, myspace, twitter, blogs, or whatever all those things are. I don't even use a phone. I live in the city-centre's walking zone, <more>
so whenever I walk out, I see someone sitting there and can meet them that way. I use the computer for getting films, music, maybe some reading. It rarely pulls me to the cinema lately - last year I went to see Fury, Interstellar, Gone Girl, Transcendence, Im Keller, Inferno, Pot v raj.I believe hackers might actually feel good about this film, it's the tech-geeks that just won't be able to enjoy what's it really all about at the core, but they just love to critique stuff via the internet.So I came here to write something for the first time :- I just hope Mann will be able to make more movies, and perhaps a bit more often than was the case in the last decade...
This movie is way underrated 5,6?? Wtf?? . I actually enjoyed the movie for several reasons. First of all, it's Chris Hemsworth's movie his handsomeness is a big factor . I think he played the character pretty well, he looks a bit awkward with guns because he's not a cop , humble and a bit sad being a prisoner you're not a very lucky person , and he fell in love with the female character so easily he was in prison for 6 years, the girl was the first good looking female he met after released from prison . The only thing that annoy me a bit was the portrayal of Indonesia. <more>
I'm an Indonesian. Indonesia doesn't look like that. There's so many beautiful and more interesting places in Indonesia, yet the director chose the very ugly looking sets. The ugly motor cycles and cars?? Most of Indonesians don't use it anymore. The unattractive Indonesian casts?? We have so many beautiful Indonesians. The ugly unfinished buildings? Come to Jakarta and you will see so many beautiful skyscrapers.
That director knows how to use a cam (by cestleilacherradi)
I recently read in a newspaper that a known French director has seen that on IMDb this movie has received 5,4 and Fast and Furious 7,7.Just for that, guys, just for that, I gotta give the movie a 10. No, really, I mean, maybe some people won't be interested in this movie. But at least reward the quality, man! Have you seen the light and the framing of that director? Come on man, that man knows how to use a cam.So, it is a bit chocking indeed that he gets almost just the minimum half of ten! What the French director was saying about that is that all over the world cinema is becoming <more>
childish. Of course, since movies are made to be sure to hit the box-office. And I am the first one to be sorry about that, but the majority of human beings want to be brainwashed and have dull cinema. So it's those ones who are the box-office.Michael Mann doesn't hesitate in pulling complexity. Can you imagine what it takes to do the shots of the nuclear systems, and to work with different countries, and to keep complexity in the details, for instance the hero has a book of Jacques Derrida in his cell? Where do you still see such a vivid complexity? Do you remember what you've seen on the tables of the last ten movies you've seen? Actually, usually, in most recent movies, there are unidentified things, average, anonymous, not at all like in real life which is full of very personal details... So, really, this movie may not be everyone's cup of tea, but at least it is cinema...Give it a chance.Love, Leila
Blackhat is another fantastic Michael Mann movie, and here is why (by robk-952-110475)
I have been looking forward to Blackhat for a couple of months now, and was able to see the movie on the am showing on it's first full day. What a thrill ride! Before I go into the details of why I loved this movie, I should point out where my perspective on a movie like this will be different than most, as reflected in some of the bad early reviews. I have a Bachelors in Information Systems and a Masters in Information Security Assurance. I have worked in technology for 18 years now, the last 5 of that almost exclusively in the security end of the tech pool. Based upon my experience in <more>
the field and my recent exhaustive research into information security, I found the film to be a refreshing change from the typical rehashed Hollywood fantasy that is put out regarding anything with a computer chip installed. The problem with how computers are depicted in most movie in television is that the capabilities of computers are completely overstated or just plain irrational. It is as if directors think technical hyperbole will make up for a lack of everyday viewer sophistication with computer science. I get that the majority of the population hasn't studied computers as a major and most know only as much as they need to to get online and send emails or watch Youtube. This is completely understandable. However, with technology being so ubiquitous in today's world, I am a bit astounded at he flack a director gets when he attempts to use realistic computing in a movie. With all of the Androids, iOS devices, multiple computer households, and the increasing popularity of Linux operating systems, one would think that the average computer IQ of America was much higher than it was 20 years ago. In reality, if computers are depicted in realistic terms in film, most people just wont get it. I blame this partly on shows like Star Trek and Star Wars which I love, for what they are that fantasize what computers may be like in 200 years. I also blame it on the epidemic of fantasy movies that seem to base nothing on reality but continue to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars from movie goers world wide. At the end of the day, Michael Mann did a FANTASTIC job of depicting the real life of network engineers and computer scientists in this movie. Commands entered on screen followed conventional Unix command line format and were syntactically correct. You could tell Mann had done his research and hired true computing consultants in the writing of the script. In addition, the attacks on the PLA systems that run the pumps used to cause the reactor meltdown and later planned for the mines was almost flawlessly realistic. That is in fact how those systems work and how attackers would compromise them across the Internet. Further, the types of attacks are entirely plausible given real world research conducted by the NSA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and others. In addition, passing malware through PDF files by email is one of the most prominent ways that attackers take over computers in the real world, but viewer comments indicate they believe this to be too silly to be believable. Well as a security analyst, I can tell you to believe that scenario happens millions of times every year But, because we didn't have excessive flashing lights and cartoonish villains with a master plan to take over the entire world, the movie gets panned. The reviews for Blackhat remind me of those for Miami Vice. In each instance, extensive research was done into the worlds of the criminals that served as the basis for the lead characters. But too much realism tends to bring out the boo birds who would rather focus on comic book heros that shoot lighting out of their eyeballs or fly around in steel suits too impossibly heavy to be powered by anything short of a large nuclear reactor while fighting off giant skyscraper-sized space worms. Perhaps audiences would rather have compete fantasy in their movies. Perhaps we cannot appreciate anything that attempts the least bit of realism. However, I absolutely loved Blackhat for the same reason I loved Miami Vice. Michael Mann made an adult movie largely based upon fact that requires minimal amounts of escapism while requiring the viewer to use their intellect and actually think during the movie. For his efforts, I applaud him. Lastly, this movie should serve as a warning to all those who are unaware of the rampant security issues that the US the whole world actually faces in this day and age. From a security analyst's perspective, the realism was welcome cautionary tale that needs to continued to be told until the general public gets it.
I was almost going to believe that this would be a very bad movie according to some nasty reviews, but as I usually enjoy Mann's films I chose to go check myself.I really can't understand what was registered in the brains of the people who disliked the movie while watching it.Maybe too much Hunger Games has harmed the audiences-and the critics- or maybe the trivial has emerged as SOMETHING in our everyday routine that when something really great appears we can not comprehend what this is all about.Mann is a great director, and Blackhat is a masterpiece of the cinema he makes, a cinema <more>
with similarities to that of Melville, as they both deal with police stories in their own way.This is a movie you emerge into or stay out at all.Like all great films, it's not about how believable is what we watch, but about how we connect with it.Mann creates a mesmerizing journey in cities, sounds and motions that consists a universe of its own not realistic, not unrealistic my dear critics ;in the aftermath, it is the individual against the law of men, and in the meantime there's friendship, love and, of course, death.Oh and yes, utopia as well!
Another excellent Michael Mann's movie (by qrazvan)
If you appreciate Michael Mann's movies like "The Heat", you surely have to watch this one too. The plot is intelligent, the acting convincing, the filming realistic. All in all, the movie gives you the impression that what happens there is credible, it could be similar in the real world and this also creates a tension in the film because you cannot anticipate a lot of things like in the majority of movies following the standard stereotypes. The negative character does not want to overtake and rule the whole world like in 007 and the "hero" is not saving the day in <more>
the last counting seconds. Just watch the movie and see for yourself.
Slow-Burn Suspense Thriller with Solid Cybercrime Technology (by bwindsor888)
If you like taut, slow-burn suspense thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's films and 'The Drop' in 2014 with James Gandolfini which I thought was excellent , then please *go see this movie* in the theater; I think you will like it. If the negative reviewers here thought they were getting a superhero movie like 'The Avengers', then they weren't paying attention to the previews :- . Blackhat features a computer hacker Chris Hemsworth who is furloughed from prison to counter-attack an elite cybercrime team. The cybercrime technology in the movie includes current <more>
techniques such as RATs Remote Access Trojans and keypad trackers. Following the movie plot is important -- the script is sparse my only real objection ; so it's important to track the plot developments. Michael Mann's camera-work is impressive during chase scenes, and his animations of cybercrime technology processes are inventive. I plan to see it a second time in the theater with other friends.
Linux in Indonesia [email protected]/: $bsh (by clarkj-565-161336)
If you love Linux/Unix and like foreign places, this film is for you. The basic premise is quite believable, considering recent events about malware bringing down some serious systems. I found all the characters credible as well, maybe not the flamboyant super heroes we all love to see, but real world types. The protagonist correctly applies the question of "cui bono" to determine who benefits from the horrific events and proceeds to solve the mystery. The scenes in China and Indonesia are really fascinating. The world is filled with these types of criminals, and there are <more>
individuals who have the abilities to take them on and win! Great acting in a minimalist but credible way. Everyone from the Chinese Officers, the US government officials, the watchers to the criminals seemed to be spot on for the part.
Not exactly perfect but surprisingly good (by igorfazlyev-01869)
This film currently has an undeservedly low rating here on IMDb so it was with a bit of apprehension that I sat down to watch it and it proved to be much better than I had expected. The reason for the low rating I think is that the audiences today got too used to dumb 'action packed' crap like Taken that consists of little more than clichés and boring camera work. This movie dares to be different, it dares to be slow paced, watching it is like reading a book, it actually requires a mental effort on the part of the viewer to keep track of what's going on and naturally people these <more>
days don't like that. This film is from a different epoch, it's just too big and too multi-layered for the short attention span of the modern viewer weaned on vine videos. If you want to get an idea of what this movie is like without spoilers - think Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Don't be discouraged by the low rating, it's just that slow-burn thrillers are not everyone's cup of tea these days. It should also be noted that it's not just in its approach to story telling that this film dares to be different it's also in its cinematography. Once again, it feels like a film from a different time period that hearkens back to the classic noir movies of yesteryear, something like Three Days of the Condor. And last but not least, it's quite refreshing to have a main character that thinks ahead rather than simply barging in and relying solely on the script writers to help him prevail in whatever situation they may find themselves in.