“The real hit is still to come.”
Chris Hemsworth gives his all in Michael Mann’s study of hacking new this week: “Blackhat.” If most computer films have historically failed the computer stuff, the consensus thus far is that Blackhat has delivered where others have so desperately lacked. But how does it hold up beyond the tech? The Film Board Gathers! This week on the show Andy Nelson, Steve Sarmento, Tommy Handsome, and Pete Wright hash out Blackhat, from every high-minded concept to the very last USB stick. Did Mann’s usual critical eye deliver a thriller that’ll stand? How about screenwriter Morgan Davis Foehl’s first produced feature? We run the gauntlet ourselves this week and (file this as “please let our lives serve as a warning for yours” fodder) just make sure you listen to the show before you buy tickets.