Thief (movie)

High-tech 'Blackhat' remains rooted in old-school filmmaking

High-tech 'Blackhat' remains rooted in old-school filmmaking

It lures us in with the promise of up-to-the-minute villainy, but the satisfactions of "Blackhat" are surprisingly old school.

Directed by the veteran Michael Mann, "Blackhat's" story of computer attacks wreaking all kinds of havoc with established institutions is timely enough to echo the cyber-intrusions that recently did so much damage at Sony.

But though Morgan Davis Foehl's script happily employs modern terminology like malware, proxy servers and RATs (Remote Access Tools for the uninitiated), at its heart this is a traditional crime story, with the good guys straining every sinew to keep evildoers from their moment of triumph.

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