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Taking inspiration from the late Chicago police detective Charlie Adamson – who killed the actual Neil McCauley in a shootout in 1963 – HEAT was the culmination of years of research by Mann resulting in its depth and range of characters and choreography of action. With its epic scale and stunning performances from Pacino, De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman and Jon Voight, Heat is as incendiary as it was 20 years ago.
Now Heat is coming to Blu-ray and HD in the director’s definitive edition on May 9th.
The release of Universal’s Blackhat couldn’t be timelier. After all, if it’s so easy to crack open the cyber security at a major company like Sony, or a government website, might it not also be fairly simple to hack a nuclear reactor.
Michael Mann’s new thriller posits attacks on a Chinese reactor and another on a U.S. target that persuades investigative bodies from both countries to work together, however uncomfortably, to find the person/organization behind the attacks. It’s fast-paced (after an initially slower first act that sets things in motion) and smart about keeping things fairly easy for non-techies (like me) to follow.