Stars: Chris Hemsworth / Leehom Wang / Tang Wei /
Release Date: 2015-01-13
Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Forward Pass, Legendary Pictures,
Director: Michael Mann, John Kaylin,
A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.
Hints of a quasi-apocalyptic chill seem arbitrary-neither symbolic nor dramatic. The effect is like watching software run itself.
Nobody can top Mann's urban night scenes, with their oily neon and skyscraper light grids, but for the most part this plays like Heat without the heat.
Let's start with the fact that Hemsworth stars as the world's most brilliant hacker. Let that sink in for a moment.
The movie's most depressing feature is its naked pandering for overseas box office. If there's one thing worse than appealing to the lowest common American denominator, it's appealing to the lowest common global denominator.
It has a decent ludicrousness and Mann's one-of-a-kind talent for using digital photography and naturalistic light to complicate and invigorate anonymous spaces.