The January season for movies has been long since considered a dumping ground for studios to plonk titles that aren’t… contenders. Often full of lo-fi genre fare, the first month of the year rarely produces quality cinema. That all may change in 2015, however, as one of the most promising films – and the year is packed with ’em – is set to debut in less than a month. So, to herald the imminent arrival of Michael Mann’s hacker pic, Blackhat, a brand new trailer has landed online to remind folks that the winter ain’t always so dreary.
Mann’s first movie in nearly five years is an action thriller centred around Chris Hemsworth’s hacker, Nicholas Hathaway. Through his illegal antics, he lands himself in the slammer for a fifteen-year sentence, until he’s offered a reprieve if he’ll help track down a notorious crime network.
Much like the first trailer, the fast-paced world of computer naughtiness is punctuated by political commentary and a smidgen of tech jargon. Hemsworth is suitably badass as the smart-mouthed “blackhat” hacker, in a role that distances him nicely from his Thor persona. Albeit with the same amount of muscle mass.
Check out the trailer above, and let us know what you make to Mann’s next effort before Blackhat arrives in theatres January 16th, 2015.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.