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go back to the way it used to be.
“You have a convicted blackhat hacker who’s got a conditional release from federal prison to pursue a cyber criminal adversary, a guy who’s high speed, dangerous, world class. He’s a ghost. He’s out there somewhere.
“They don’t know who he is, where he is, why he’s doing what he’s doing.
“But the thrill in making it was an opportunity to pull the mechanics of the storytelling out of the very current world we are in right now.
“I find that very exciting. It’s taken from that same world, the immediate right now. It becomes kind of a detective story.”
Mann gracefully accepts a compliment about his invention of the modern thriller genre but bats it back. Blackhat allowed him to move his filmmaking on, jumping from the 20th to the 21st century.
The old ways have been left behind.
His hero, Hathaway, played by Hemsworth, personifies the quantum leap made by Mann and the film, as the director explains.
“Twenty years ago they’d try to find out a location by interrogating an informant. Today instead of that they con a guy in the NSA to download a password, download some software, restore some code and what does he get? He gets a location.
“He still doesn’t know who the guy is, where he is, or what he’s doing but they know this guy’s command control server is in Jakarta, Indonesia. That’s a clue. So the story is telling itself.”
Mann’s digital rebirth – he strives to make computerspeak sexy and shot the movie entirely on digital – did not extend to an overuse of CGI. Instead he dragged his cast across 70 separate locations from Chicago to Kowloon.
“Film is an interweaving of text, music, visuals, the story, dialogue, people. You want places to feel evocative of what the scene’s about before it begins,” he asserts.
“The ultimate thing is a location which makes the scene come to life. Then it comes alive for all of us. It’s really there. It’s not digitally put in. We’re not looking at a green screen. It’s the real thing.
“The actors took all of that in and really felt they were there. What’s the most alien landscape these underdogs could be in? That became Chicago.”
Blackhat (15) opens in cinemas today. CELEBRATE the region’s movie industry by watching a film.
As part of Bradford International Film Summit, film clubs, schools and community groups in Yorkshire are being encouraged to put on movies which have been made in the region, including Billy Liar, The King’s Speech and The Selfish Giant.
If you would like to take part in Summit Screenings, Made in Yorkshire call the film office on 01274 437697, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the title Made in Yorkshire and they will promote the event for you. NEXT month the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds will be screening an intriguing drama from German director Michael Haneke.
The Palme d’Or awardwinning The White Ribbon, which first appeared in 2009, is a compelling tale of bigotry and brutality set in a north German village immediately before the outbreak of the First World War.
The film will be screened on Friday, March 6, at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and available from the box office on 0844 848 2727 or online via www. howardassemblyroom.