Michael Mann is a director that I feel like I should like a lot more as his trademarks (neon lights, seedy cityscapes, moody synth, aggressively loud gunshot sound mixing) intrigue me on paper, yet they escape me in execution most of the time. Blackhat won't convert any nonbelievers, but still manages to be successful on a small scale whenever it focuses on characters loudly clacking on keyboards or characters knee deep in planning the next step while loudly…
So white washed and sterile that it makes the "culture clash" of San Francisco and Tokyo completely superficial. Its vapid tackling of familial loss is made all the more frustrating due to its blank cast of rote characters. Then a big superhero battle, ripped straight out of Marvel's already dull recent output, happens. Don't bother.
Like a long-form discussion following multiple couples about gender dynamics and familial roles with the nail biting tension of a great low key thriller built around authentic, nuanced perfomances and eery, ambient sound design.
It's a film that only gets better and better as I let it sit with me