|06.20.15||Netflix|| So it's been 6 years since a Michael Mann movie, more than 10 years since Collateral (the last movie he made that I can call good without any qualifiers), and we get this. It's been 20 years since Sandra Bullock ordered a pizza through the internet... you'd think people have realized that the art of hacking is not shootouts and car chases but dudes sitting alone in rooms for long periods of time not saying anything. So there's an automatic groan factor when you see Thor thunking on a keyboard... running around... shooting people... getting laid.|
But if I try to ignore all that stuff and treat this like an international thriller, there are aspects to this that I like. Mann's trademark composition skills, insane depth of field where you can tell he's like a foot away from the actor's face. The action is expertly presented for the most part. I love seeing Holt McCallany show up... it's just a shame that the script is so dumb.
I still hold out hope that some day the stars will align and we'll get another Mann masterpiece. For the most part digital has caught up with him to where the photography didn't look like garbage (although there were a few scenes toward the end that got pretty rough), he's still interested in stuff enough to make another movie... I'm hoping he finds some property that really clicks some day... like Heat Part 2!!!