Tag Archives: Michael Mann

Blackhat

WE ARE NO LONGER IN CONTROL.  After a hack that damages both Chinese and American institutions, the Chinese government and the FBI are collaborating to find those responsible, enlisting the help of jailed hacker Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth). One of the director’s least interesting thrillers was also a commercial flop. Inspired by the Stuxnet revelations, … Continue reading Blackhat

The Insider: Under Pressure

WARNING: EXPOSING THE TRUTH MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  I work for a major newspaper in Scandinavia. That means we are a powerful voice in the Swedish media landscape. But just like every other newspaper or network, we are owned by somebody, in this case a Norwegian corporation. The relationship between us and our owners is complicated, … Continue reading The Insider: Under Pressure

Heat: Cops and Robbers

A LOS ANGELES CRIME SAGA. I remember watching this movie in a theater back in 1995. After about two hours, a woman asked someone sitting close to her, “Do you know how long this movie is?”. He did know, told her and the woman just left. Some people don’t have the stomach for a story … Continue reading Heat: Cops and Robbers

Public Enemies

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED. It’s 1933 and John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) has just been proclaimed America’s public enemy number one; Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) intends to hunt him down. A disappointment considering director Michael Mann’s talent; the movie is leisurely paced, nothing new comes out of an oft-told story and the HD cinematography … Continue reading Public Enemies

Miami Vice

NO RULES. NO ORDER. NO LAW. Miami police detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs (Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx) go undercover for the federal authorities in order to expose a very sophisticated drug ring. Sounds familiar, huh? The story is reminiscent of old scripts for the TV series (which was executive-produced by Michael Mann), but this … Continue reading Miami Vice

The Last of the Mohicans

THE FIRST AMERICAN HERO. Some time in the late 18th century, Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe), the daughter of an English officer, arrives in war-torn America and falls under the protection of Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), who was raised by the Mohicans. Here’s a first attempt to turn James Fenimore Cooper’s classic into something that isn’t merely … Continue reading The Last of the Mohicans

Ali

FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW. Perhaps Michael Mann was looking for a Best Picture Oscar when he made this biography about the ten most interesting years, 1964-1974, in Muhammad Ali’s life. It has a nice feeling of the period, a touch of grandeur and a central performance of the kind that is usually rewarded … Continue reading Ali