“Are hackers a threat? The degree of threat presented by any conduct, whether legal or illegal, depends on the actions and intent of the individual and the harm they cause.”
– Kevin Mitnick
In a world that is becoming evermore dependent on technology, cyber attacks can be crippling. When there is no known political or financial motivation behind such attacks, they can prove to be especially terrifying.
When a cyber terrorist attacks highly sensitive targets like the Chicago Mercantile Trade Exchange, a nuclear power plant in Hong Kong, and various financial institutions, the Chinese government and the FBI decide it’s in their collective interests to work together. However, they may need a ringer in their corner to bring down if they hope to eliminate this threat.
Sometimes to catch a criminal, you need a criminal who possesses equal “talent”. Enter Nick Hathaway, a brilliant hacker serving a 15 year sentence for abusing his technological acumen. In order to help the Chinese government and the FBI, Hathaway is released to help track down the hacker and uncover the sinister motives behind the attacks.
Blackhat was directed by Michael Mann from a script he co-wrote with Morgan Davis Foehl. Chris Hemsworth heads up a cast the includes Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Richie Coster, Holt McCallany,William Mapother, John Ortiz, and Leehom Wang.
Will Chris Hemsworth take down a hacker or just look like a hack? Find out when Blackhat is released nationwide, January 16th 2015. Visit Fandango for local showtimes and to purchase tickets.