Details about Michael Mann’s Blackhat trailer shown at Comic Con are scant, but here is some useful feedback.
The trailer is vintage Michael Mann, reminiscent of a more color-rich Collateral, and a globe-hopping thriller. Pretty but also somehow grainy. It starts with a bunch of tech imagery; voiceover intones “this is not about money or politics. I can get anything I want at any time, anywhere.” It’s a threat; authorities decide the only person that can help is an imprisoned hacker played by Hemsworth. He demands they cut his sentence; s cop says this isn’t a negotiation. Hemsworth replies “well, I just made it one.” As the trailer cuts across several action scenes Hemsworth threatens the bad guy, saying “I know everything you’re doing.”
Collider says the following:
“It opens with reminding us how much technology rules our lives and it can be turned against us at any time. We then get a brief plot setup of how a cyber-terrorist threat must be combated by recruiting a black hat hacker Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) who’s in prison. He makes a deal to be released in exchange for hunting down the cyber terrorist. What’s surprising about this trailer is that even though it’s dealing with present-day issues, but has a very 90s feel. There’s something charming low-key about it, and even though it’s about a hacker, Hathaway does quite a bit of fighting. There’s remarkably little hacking, and I’ll be curious to see if it’s something that could be reasonably accurate or if it’s “movie hacking” which has pretty much no basis in reality beyond using a computer.”
Especially liking the ’90s vibe they’re describing. I just hope Mann does not use that horrible digital camera used in Public Enemies…