'Blackhat' panders to China and punctures Michael Mann's movie making reputation

January 15, 2015 3:55 PM

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As focused as the blurred, often random moments of unsteady steadicam shots and as coherent as co-star Wei Tang's indecipherable Chinese accent, Michael Mann's "Blackhat" is a classic January fire sale thriller.

Mann's worst film since he transitioned into the pantheon of "major directors," the best reason Universal had for rolling it out at all must have been some misguided attempt to pander its way into Chinese favor. Is there a theme park deal we haven't heard about that was at stake here?

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