Blackhat

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A computer hacker (Chris Hemsworth) serving time in federal prison can win his freedom by helping a team of Chinese and American investigators - including Wang Leehom, Tang Wei and Viola Davis - track down the programmer responsible for a lethal cyberattack on a nuclear power plant. Director Michael Mann's characteristically stylish, moody crime portrait succeeds up to a point thanks to kinetic visuals that suit the morally shaded material. Yet, while free of grossly offensive elements, the film ultimately turns out to be a standard action-thriller that glorifies physical violence and unintentionally demonstrates that hacking is far from a novel or elevated form of criminality.

Watch out for: Considerable, moderately graphic, action violence, a mostly implied premarital sexual relationship, some crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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