“Blackhat: A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2717822/
Friday night after a nice but tiring family afternoon, I turned on Netflix, made some microwave popcorn served myself a tall glass of soda, and got ready for a good movie before bed. I expected a simple thriller movie when I came across Blackhat, I just knew it was about hackers; good guys vs. bad guys; some action perhaps, and after I saw the guy from Thor on the cover (I don’t follow actors and just know who they are after they are legends like Paccino or Harrison Ford), I was sold, after all, he was believable in Rush, and that’s one of my favorite movies of all times.
The beginning was nice, something in between the Matrix and CSI, I got excited for a moment, ‘maybe I got it right this time’-I said to myself-, sadly after that, it all went downwards, the movie began to show signs of a cliché, which is not that bad, I mean, it is Hollywood after all, 98% of their films are the same old stories told again and again, and there’s nothing wrong with that, they keep doing it for a reason, because most of times, we like them, however, this doesn’t mean that all of us will swallow anything. The base can be an old story, in this case a thrilling chase for a mysterious bad guy performed by a conflicted hero that must overcome his personal demons in order to succeed, that’s it, we’ve seen it many times, we’ve liked it many times too, but in order to achieve that, movies will have to be well executed, they must surprise you at some point, be a little original, funny perhaps, keep your interest throughout the entire movie, and this is how I felt:
– After the promising beginning, the plot started to get settled in a very tedious way, some international governments issues, a boring Chinese dialogue to underline the international part. At minute 27, the film was fighting for a 3-star review on Netflix.
– Most of what was going to happen you could tell after the first scenes, I suspected the Chinese girl was going to end up with the hero and that her brother was going to die, but I thought ‘no, that’s too obvious, this may be bad, but it’s not a cheesy 90’s movie’, but I was wrong, very, very wrong, it happened just like that.
– At 1h:02, they were still trying to make the villain more interesting by not showing him, which sometimes works when you really get the hint that the presence of the villain is there, you must get the feeling that this mysterious force is everywhere despite not being there, it makes you question if it is a she, or a he, or an organization, or something, but even if they’ve tried, it’s like the opposite force is not there, the main characters seem to be running around in circles. I was thinking if it should get 2 or 1 star.
-Suddenly, at 1h:42 I realized I didn’t know what was going on at the time, and, if I’m being honest, I didn’t care, I was too busy checking the boring messages of my Facebook wall, for a minute thought about rewinding to see what happened, but frankly, the thought of taking more time into this film frightened me, and when I saw that there were still 30 minutes left, I knew I’d had enough, turned it off and went to bed, and now I wonder why Nentflix doesn’t allow you to give a 0 stars review.