It seems like most everything will be trying to kill Chris Hemsworth next year. He’ll be fighting a deranged A.I robot and his robo-army in Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon’s sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron; taking on an angry sperm whale and struggling to stay alive stranded on the ocean in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea; and also, battling a cyber-terrorist who seems mostly interested in just watching the world burn, in the upcoming Blackhat.
Blackhat was directed and co-written by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann (Heat, Public Enemies), and stars Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, an elite hacker who starts off the film serving a sentence in prison. However, Nicholas gets his shot at freedom when the American and Chinese authorities recruit him in order to take down a mysterious cyber-criminal, resulting in a high-stakes chase around the globe to stop the madman before he executes his big evil plan.
A new Blackhat trailer (which you can watch above, via Yahoo! Movies) offers some fresh story details, but doesn’t shed all that more light on the film’s plot than the first trailer provided. At the same time, it does manage to paint the movie as being a fast-paced thrill ride (or, if you prefer, cat versus mouse game), boasting the blend of slick digital visual style and confident direction that everyone’s come to expect from Mann’s films over the years.
The big wild card factor with Blackhat seems to be the script that Mann co-penned alongside Morgan Davis Foehl. While the threat of hackers and cyber-terrorism is very much topical (see: the recent Sony hacking), it’s not yet apparent if Blackhat uses the subject matter in a way that elevates it above your average B-grade action/thriller. At the least, it seems better-made and better-cast than the typical action movie debuting in January. It’s no I, Frankenstein, though.
Hemsworth will be joined in Blackhat by a cast that includes Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Wei Tang (Lust, Caution), William Mapother (I Origins), and John Ortiz (The Drop), among others.
Blackhat opens in U.S. theaters on January 16th, 2015.
Source: Yahoo! Movies