Blackhat ★★★★

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The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of one journey and potentially the beginning of an another, the solitude of finally resting easily after years of quiet longing. Then there's the last act, a fury of pragmatic decisions and actions centered around low tech devices and emotions (love, retribution) in response to the messy, clumsy actions of the first hour. The hacker narrative, at that point, is only a backdoor for Mann (the ultimate genre Blackhat hacker) to examine just how personal things can still get in the 21st century when "you get close enough."

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