The upcoming cyber-thriller Blackhat finds Thor actor Chris Hemsworth playing a genius criminal hacker, whom the government has freed to try to catch an international network of hackers. The first trailer for the movie, which was directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Public Enemies), shows just how explosive the storyline is – literally.
From the start, tension runs high as images of computers and “Internety” screens show how everything in the world is connected before it’s revealed that a cyber agitator is targeting financial markets. As it happens, the only person who could help them is a “genius coder” from MIT named Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth), who was serving a 15-year sentence before bargaining to commute his case to help out the authorities. From there, it’s all running, guns, explosions and scenes of Hemsworth hulking out as he and his compatriots trace the hacker network around the world.
“This isn’t about money,” a villainous character says toward the end of the trailer. “This isn’t about politics. I can target anyone, anything, anywhere.”
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“They don’t know who [the terrorist] is, where he is, and they don’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing,” Mann recently told Entertainment Weekly about the film. “There’s no apparent motive. The people they’re working against are high-speed, world-class. They’re dangerous, violent, and that launches our story.”
Mann and Hemsworth gave Comic-Con attendees a first look at scenes from the film this past July. The movie will premiere in theaters on January 16th, according to Deadline.