“Am I being tangible?” Carol Barrett (Viola Davis)
The Earth as light and communication. A power station. Fluorescence flashing along circuitry and conduits (in a sub-2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY visual motif). The cooling system of a nuclear power station in Chai Wan, China, fails causing a meltdown, then an explosion. No, Godzilla has not hacked into the mainframe. A similar opening to the 2014 summer blockbuster, the two movies are both visually arresting while narrative/characterisation weak. Having helmed three superlative works (MANHUNTER, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, HEAT), more than most directors, maestro Michael Mann’s latest offering is always greeted with anticipation. BLACKHAT is anticlimactic and dated. We waited six years for this?!
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