Chris Hemsworth has become synonymous with the superhero god of thunder, Thor, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His previous appearance as the suave and slick Tyler Rake in one of Netflix’s highest-grossing Original films, Extraction, delighted his fans who were glad to see their favourite actor display his swagger in this high-strung action flick.
His determination in the face of utter violence and his ability to capture audience attention with fast, stylized movements amassed him critical appreciation. Extraction had a massive fan following and was streamed by 99 million households, beating all previous records.
Now, a new Chris Hemsworth film has just arrived on Netflix and topped the charts. Directed by Michael Mann, the 2015 film Blackhat stars Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Wang Leehom, and others in prominent roles.
Talking about the film, Hemsworth had admitted in 2019, “I didn’t enjoy what I did in the film. It just felt flat, and it was also an attempt to do what I thought people might have wanted to see. But I don’t think I’m good in that space.” Although the film was not a box office hit and one of Hemsworth’s less-appreciated films, it has fared well on Netflix.
Hemsworth plays a talented, ethical hacker who is an ex-convict and reunites with his friend that lands him amidst a high-level tug of war between the American and Chinese governments. He is entrusted with tracking down an extensive cybercrime network that runs from Chicago and Los Angeles to Hong Kong and Jakarta.
Revolving around the topic of cybercrime and cyber terrorism, this action-thriller provided an intimate insight into the benefits of ethical hacking on technology. The deliberately tense pacing of the film makes it more intriguing and gripping.
With well-choreographed and explosive action sequences, namely the restaurant fight, the other fistfights and gun encounters, the film is an absolute delight to the enthusiasts of this genre.
Watch Blackhat on Netflix now.