'Blackhat' Doesn't Hack It

January 16, 2015 8:01 AM

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'Blackhat' Doesn't Hack It

"BlACKHAT" would be a more interesting movie if it were actually about a black hat. Instead, it's about computer hackers, long a siren's call for filmmakers seeking the ultimate visual challenge.

Latest example: noted wide-screen stylist Michael Mann, eager to make computer activity look exciting. He opens "Blackhat" with an intricate sequence of an electric impulse moving through the circuit boards.

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