Let’s get this out of the way early: that mooted and potential Oscar-qualifying run for Michael Mann’s “Blackhat”? Yeah, as you probably suspected by now, it’s not happening (we checked with the studio). But that’s ok, it just appears that Mann’s movie is not that kind of picture, and is perhaps just more pure genre-thriller from Mann, maybe à la “Miami Vice.” Hey, we’ll take it and we’re ok with that.
In Mann’s latest picture, a cyber-hacking thriller, Chris Hemsworth stars as a convicted black-hat hacker serving federal time who gets a lay off to help a collation of American and Chinese officials track down a cyber criminal. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s BLACKHAT follows a furloughed 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. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.
Aside from Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, this isn’t the biggest name cast, but obviously stars aren’t really the concern of the obsessive Mann who just wants to get his story as accurate as possible. “I started researching this about two years ago in Washington with people who were heavily involved in countering cyber intrusions, from former members of the CIA and FBI to people in the private sector,” Mann told the L.A. Times earlier this year. “Everything that’s become front page [news] six or seven months ago was mostly apparent two years ago if you dug into the subject.”
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Maybe he saw that Sony hack coming months ago. Whatever the case, a new trailer for “Blackhat” has hit and it features the trademark moody and pulsating energy that has made Mann such a distinct voice in the field of crime films and its various psychologies. “Blackhat” opens January 16, 2015. Watch the new trailer below.