Black Hat – a Black Spot on Film
So when the trailers first came out for Black Hat starring Chris Hemsworth I was definitely intrigued. I have thoroughly enjoyed Chris Hemsworth as Thor and the movie premise seemed intriguing, although a little bit done before. At the same time I always enjoy a good sort of cat and mouse or spy versus spy movie. The movie did not interest me enough to go see it in theaters, so we never ended up going. The reviews that came out were not good, which made me happy that we had not gone to see it. Recently it came out on HBO so I thought why not watch it and see what this was all about? It confirmed my initial thought and I am even more glad that I did not go and watch this movie or pay the money to go see it in theaters.
False Sense of Weight
One of the things that I noticed throughout the movie is that there was a sense that they were trying to make the situations in the movie feel heavy, but simply failed. This false sense of weight made the movie feel more heavy and slow than actually giving it any sort of weight. There were so many moments of just standing and staring with the weight of it all, but then they never really helped the audience understand the weight so it came off just ridiculous. You got the sense that there was supposed to be this growing tension that just never happened.
Now someone else might watch the movie and disagree, but I could never get invested in the characters that we were supposed to. The most interesting character is honestly Viola Davis as an FBI agent and she is not even a main character in the story. They just never give enough for us to get a hold of these characters and their motivations. They seem to be moving along and taking actions with no depth. It is literally watching a moving picture and things happen, but there is nothing behind it.
The story itself at first, while not original, does not seem bad. Chris Hemsworth is a hacker whose virus he built at MIT is being used on some targeted attacks. So they get him out temporarily to help catch the bad guy. The actions that the bad guy takes seem random and part of the mystery is understanding why he is taking the actions, but even when you get to the why it never feels as bad as they are acting like it is. Now the bad guy is a terrible person, more because he is possibly the most selfish human being ever – at the same time he is entirely one dimensional. There is no nuance to his plan, it is basically a get rich quick and kill anyone who gets in my way. There is just nothing there to actually get in to.
This movie is practically unwatchable – if I had gone to the move theater and paid money to see it I might have honestly walked out. There was just nothing there to get a hold of or make you want to keep paying attention.