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Blackhat (15)

Action, Crime, Drama

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.

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The critical consensus

A competent procedural rather than the ground-breaking cybersaga we’d hoped for. But as with Miami Vice, Mann’s boundless style does a remarkable job of disguising the lack of substance.

***(*)(*)James Dyer, Empire Online, 16/02/2015

It’s no Heat but the niggles are easily forgiven given the virtuosity on show and the mood oozing from every frame. No one shoots faces, architecture and gunfights like Mann.

****(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 16/02/2015

lackhat might appear ultra modern but it feels desperately dated, it's as if Mann has dusted off a cheesy straight-to-video thriller from the 90s and just jazzed it up a bit.

**(*)(*)(*)Matthew Turner, The List, 16/02/2015

With each new film, Mann's past films look even more interesting and abstract.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 19/02/2015

Chris Hemsworth is the convicted hacker strongarmed into working with the Chinese in Michael Mann’s dependably macho but disappointing thriller.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/02/2015

Blackhat offers a strange mix of sophistication and crudity, brilliant ideas and half-baked ones.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 19/02/2015

Verdict: Daft but stylish thriller.

***(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 20/02/2015

Never mind substance, just savour the spectacle.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/02/2015

Much like how an unknown force seizes control within the story, so too does an ineffable haunting atmosphere provide this film’s power.

****(*)Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny 20/02/2015

This is a square-jawed, furrowed-browed, altogether joyless film, with a hero to match.

**(*)(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 22/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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