Nick Hathaway, an extremely talented hacker who has gone astray, finds his way out of a 15 year prison sentence when parts of a computer code he once wrote during his youth appears in a malware that triggered a terrorist attack in a nuclear power plant in China. This opportunity will reunite him with an old friend but will also put him in the middle of a power game between the American and Chinese government as well as an arch villain hacker whose identity he has to find if he wants to keep his freedom and his life.Written by
The film's plot was inspired by the Stuxnet's case, a computer worm designed to attack industrial programmable logic controllers. Discovered in 2010, Stuxnet ruined almost one-fifth of Iran's nuclear facilities and its origin couldn't be officially identified. See more »
While hacking the Blackhat servers, Hathaway forces a boot in single mode and makes a backup of the whole userspaces to a NTFS partitioned drive.
The system is running an old kernel from 2006 (release date of 2.6.18 kernel) and luckily it already supports NTFS partitions. It would be wise to use a partition that has full support on unix filesystems.
If the kernel was older, he would need to figure out another way to transfer the data. See more »
The U.S. Government would like your technical advice on this. In exchange for that, we're going to furlough you right out of here. You sign that on the last page, and we'll get you processed.
[begins skimming the agreement]
You'll wear an ankle bracelet and be accompanied by a U.S. Marshall. Your computer access will be restricted. If you wanna study the whole document, you can go right ahead. I can come back in a month or two.
No, I'm done.
[pushing the folder back]
You didn't sign it.
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In the European version of the film, the description of Lozano and his affiliation with the "Los Zapotecas" gang at approx. 26 minutes into the film is shortened. See more »
If you make a hacker-movie, at least get your basic facts right..
I must say when I watched the trailer for this movie I was skeptical, there are only a few hacker- movies that are enjoyable to watch.
Sometimes I am wrong and the movie turns out to be better then I expected but not in this case. I actually got quite annoyed watching this. The computer action looked authentic by using existing OS-es and interfaces but they still made huge mistakes. IP's with numbers higher than 255 is just plain stupid and accessing a top-secret NSA program with some simple social engineering looked convincing on screen but I doubt the NSA allows simple user/pass access to such tooling. I could go on and on...
I did like the idea of the plot, too bad the execution was so terrible. Probably the only thing I really liked where the two big shootout scenes, you saw a bit of Heat's director Mann there:)
Unsynced audio and weird changes in volume where also very annoying, something you don't expect from a $70mil movie.
I'm giving this a +1 because it tried to be authentic so a 4 bumps up to a 5/10 rating.
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