Keystroke Heaven: A Review on 'Blackhat'

We've done this to ourselves. Do me a favor. Take out the cell phone in your pocket. Hold it in your hands. In that box of electricity, plastic, and glass, holds your key to the invisible digital world. From that screen, you could do some serious damage to cyberspace if you had the motivation and skill. All it would take is a few keystrokes and some sneaky hacking skills.

Just think, even 10 years ago, people were walking around with Razr phones and Sony Walkman CD players snapped to their belts. Now we have 7'' miniature computers on us at all times.

This presents a new problem--one that is addressed in Blackhat.

Let's be honest with each other right from the start. This movie was not as strong as I thought it would be. There were definitive problems with the plot line and the characters that simply cannot be ignored. Regardless, I will force myself to focus on the positives before diving into the negatives. It'll be like one of those smiles that clearly shows you'd rather be anywhere else in that moment than sitting in front of a camera.

Cyberterrorism is a new rising threat that is still relatively new to police and law enforcement. It seems like, whichever way you look, threats are always a step ahead of the officials. It takes a special person to be good at the constructing or analysis of computer programs. Therefore, it takes the anti-good person to do the same thing for the use of evil. Heck, they even have a CSI show called CSI:Cyber that covers all of this now. Go figure.

Chris Hemsworth plays a convicted hacker doing time for stealing money from 4 different banks. He "negotiates" the terms of a deal that will exonerate him from all of his convictions if he brings in the 'blackhat' originator of a mysterious program that destroys a nuclear power plant in China.

So the answer is no. Chris Hemsworth does not play this rugged guy:

The action scenes are pretty cool in this flick. There are exploding things, A LOT of gunfire, and escape sequences, which I did not expect from a cybercrime-type movie. The first twenty minutes is suspenseful and filled with so many questions that are not answered until the end, but unfortunately, there is much more to a good story than action scenes, guns, and questions.

This is the face I'm making as I write this post. Seriously. I mean it.

The weird relationship they try to portray in the story does not work at all. I kind of acquaint it with his:


But hey, it's really difficult to get love right in a story. If it works, it's awesome, but if there is no chemistry, it is blatantly obvious. Unfortunately, Hemsworth's try was just that--obvious.

The story works so hard to build up this crazy villain who steals 75 million dollars, keeping ahead of the cops and Hathaway (Hemsworth) until the end of the film when they reveal his appearance. It's unlike anything I ever thought he would look like...and not in a good way. He's just another pot-bellied weirdo with backing from a thug with a lot of firepower. Ugh...

But it's not even that that really disappointed me. SPOILER ALERT AHEAD. 

It's the fact that the "cyberterrorism" plot boiled down to a 1 v 1 battle with screwdrivers, knives, and guns. It shouldn't have ended that way. One of these days, a direction/producer is going to say, "Enough of this mainstream cyber crap. Let's get it right."

And they will.

Unfortunately, Blackhat was not that movie. I guess we'll just have to wait until next time.

It's amazing to me that cyberterrorism and cyber crimes even exist, but I guess it comes with the time in which we live. Just the fact that you can hide your true identity with fake photos, understanding how routers and IP addresses work, and knowledge of firewall hacking is an incredible feat for the human race. Just think how far we've come. Seriously.

There will always be evil in the world. There will always be people who want to tear everything down. And that's a scary thing.

But the good news is that there will always be people that protect the common good of all. There will always be someone there to stop evil when it seems that all hope is lost. I'm obsessed with these types of people--the ones who would rather give their lives than let evil and villainy wreak havoc on innocent people.

This is why I write. I want to tell stories that help dive into the psyche of such characters and, although Blackhat sucked in many ways, it also reminded me that some stories are so close to fandom and connectivity, but just need a little kick in the ass to get there. I hear you, Blackhat. I won't stop writing until it's that good.

I promise.

Blackhat: I had such high hopes, but the let down was too much. That's why I give it  2.5 out of 5 stars.