NSA, FBI, CIA, la-di-dah, dum-dee-dum… etc, etc, etc…
The boogiemen who dominate a lot of these espionage thrillers; you can even throw in covert operations, whether nameless, or with a classification like S.H.I.E.L.D. I think there’s a movie to be made that mocks these all-too familiar genre movie tropes.
Anyway, here’s a scene from Michael Mann’s hacking thriller “Blackhat,” which stars Chris Hemsworth as furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway, hired by some secretive US agency to help capture a cyber criminal who seems unmotivated by politics or finance, as he seeks to cripple the international banking network.
Viola Davis, who features in the scene, plays a supporting role in the film. Why couldn’t she be the convict hired to assist in the apprehension of the cyber criminal? That would be an interesting, and worthwhile turn from the expected.
“Blackhat,” which is set within the world of global cybercrime, and follows a convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta, opens in theaters a week from tomorrow, January 16.