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Chris Hemsworth is los­ing a lot of per­sonal prime time in his act­ing ca­reer due to his ex­ten­sive con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions to Marvel. Sure, he gets paid a stack of dough to keep play­ing Thor in var­i­ous in­ter­linked Marvel block­busters. Nev­er­the­less, the charis­matic Aussie star rarely gets a chance to truly push him­self as an ac­tor. So it is def­i­nitely a re­fresh­ing change to see Hemsworth wad­ing into some rel­a­tively chal­leng­ing wa­ters out front of a lively, glo­be­trot­ting cy­berthriller. Hemsworth plays Nick Hath­away, a no­to­ri­ous hacker who has been tem­po­rar­ily been freed from jail to help au­thor­i­ties find an evil pro­gram­mer threat­en­ing to in­sert de­struc­tive mal­ware into a Chi­nese nu­clear re­ac­tor. What should be a cheesy premise is given some cred­i­ble heft by the knowl­edge it is mas­ter film­maker Michael Mann (Heat, Col­lat­eral) at the con­trols here. Mann’s dizzy­ing stylis­tic flour­ishes and in­ven­tive ways of switch­ing from the dig­i­tal realm to ex­cit­ing real-world ac­tion se­quences are im­pos­si­ble to tire of. Co-stars Vi­ola Davis.

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