How the mighty have fallen...
The first film had been a great surprise, light and enormously fun, with some unexpected touches (the Kill Bill nod!). Unfortunately the two sequels were dull and overblown, losing all the charm of the original.
Yet this quadruquel (or first chapter in a new trilogy) sinks even lower. The script is so confused (not confusing, confused) that I never worked out who the bad guys or the good guys were, and what was going on…
Dizzying and fascinating, Blackhat is Michael Mann at his most accomplished and radical, with a particularly elegant direction. Some of the set pieces, including a beautiful and brutal one at the end, are among the best scenes he has shot, and I love the way he evokes some of society's biggest current woes without it feeling like a lecture, metaphors abound but they are never rammed down your throat. The world, as presented in here, might be all connected yet it has never felt so selfish and lost. And is there anybody who can film cities at night (especially Asian ones) better than him?
Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.
Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…
An exhilarating and exquisite space folly, that is surprisingly involving and enormous fun.
The art direction is more 70's/80's French sci-fi graphic novels (with whom the film shares a punk/queer sensibility) than modern calibrated blockbusters, which is why some will call it "silly".
Proving that they still have the knack for it, the Wachowskis deliver some of the most exciting action scenes of recent memories and some fantastic set pieces (the chase in Chicago, the "eye of Jupiter" section...)