If the last year felt like seven, it's been an eternity since audiences have seen a new movie from director Michael Mann.

A filmmaker known for his style — and the greatest action saga of all time in "Heat" — Mann's last film was 2015's "Blackhat." Now available to stream on HBO Max, the action thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as a computer hacker plucked out of prison to chase down another, more sinister hacker who used codes to blow up a nuclear reactor in Hong Kong.

If this is the first time you're reading about this movie, it won't surprise you to learn that "Blackhat" was a flop. Against its $70 million budget, the movie lasted two weeks in domestic theaters, making less than $20 million overall. That a majority of critics thought it was mediocre didn't help.

"Blackhat" does have its problems. The dialogue is clunky. Those expecting an action opera a la "Heat" or "Thief" won't enjoy the faceless villain, the hacks into soy futures, the scenes full of computers and cellphone screens, or the subtitles.

Still, "Blackhat" impresses because Mann so thoroughly captures every machination of a computer hack. Early scenes where the camera dives into hard drives should be shown on the biggest IMAX screen possible. While the movie immerses audiences in cybercrime jargon, Mann still makes time for emotional moments for supporting actors like Viola Davis and Tang Wei.

Eventually, the movie becomes less about the chase, and more about people clinging to their nature like circuits on a motherboard. For all his style and choreographed violence, Mann's movies have that devastating human element, showing characters losing control.

I can't wait another seven years for Mann's next movie to come along and stop me in my tracks. I — no, movies in general — need it now.


On Amazon Prime: "Across the Universe," "Alien," "An Education," "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest," "Big Fish," "Crimson Tide," "Frozen River," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Hellboy (2004)," "Julie & Julia," "The Last King of Scotland," "Marie Antoinette," "On the Waterfront," "Philadelphia," "Phone Booth," "Rear Window," "Snatch," "Surf's Up," "The Tomorrow War," available now; "Our Friend," available Friday.

On Disney+: "The Sandlot," available now; "Black Widow," "Flicka," available Friday; "We Bought a Zoo," available July 16; "Ice Age: The Meltdown," available July 23; "Garfield," "Jungle Cruise," available July 30.

On HBO Max: "8 Mile," "Behind Enemy Lines," "Demolition Man," "Eve's Bayou," "Human Capital," "The Hunt," "Joe Versus the Volcano," "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Let Him Go," "Lucky," "Married to the Mob," "Mousehunt," "No Sudden Move," "Planet of the Apes (1968)," "Pleasantville," "The Prince of Tides," "Reds," "Reservoir Dogs," "Rounders," the "Scream" trilogy, "Shiva Baby," available now; "Tom & Jerry," available July 15; "Space Jam: A New Legacy," available July 16; "The Empty Man," available July 17; "Freaky," available July 24.

On Hulu: "28 Days Later," "28 Weeks Later," "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar," "Beetlejuice," "Big Fish," "Bill & Ted Face the Music," "Caddyshack," "The Conversation," "Dumb and Dumber," "Fargo," "Galaxy Quest," "Intolerable Cruelty," "Leave No Trace," "Personal Shopper," "Something's Gotta Give," "Space Jam," "Summer of Soul," "Sunshine," "Super Troopers," "Sweet Virginia," "Take Shelter," "Taken," "Thunderheart," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," available now; "A Field in England," "The Act of Killing," "Bullhead," available July 15; "McCartney 3, 2, 1," available July 16; "The Resort," available July 29.

On Netflix: "Air Force One," "Austin Powers" trilogy, "Boogie Nights," "Fear Street: Part One 1994," "Fear Street Part Two 1978," "The Game," "The Karate Kid" trilogy, "Love Actually," "Midnight Run," "Snowpiercer," "Sword of Trust," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Zathura," available now; "Gunpowder Milkshake," available July 14; "Fear Street: Part Three 1666," the "Twilight" series, available July 16; "Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans," available July 21; "The Last Letter from Your Lover," available July 23; "Resort to Love," available July 29.