For nearly four decades, legendary director Michael Mann has been dazzling audiences with his bold blend of human drama and balls-to-the-wall action. His latest film, Blackhat looks to continue the trend by delving into the compelling and topical world of cyber-terrorism. Chris Hemsworth stars as Nicholas Hathaway, an expert hacker who is sprung from federal prison to help a unit of American and Chinese investigators track down an elusive techno-criminal before he can perpetrate a devastating attack. In honor of Mann's newest blowout, let's take a look back at the coolest gun battles in his explosive filmography:
Assault on the Lodge (Public Enemies):
In this awesome scene from Mann's 2009 biopic of famous bank robber John Dillinger, bullets fly when an FBI team led by agent Melvin Pervis (Christian Bale) attempts to take down Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his gang at their rural hideout.
Shootout at the Docks (Miami Vice):
Chaos reigns in the jaw-dropping finale of Mann's 2006 remake of his own hit TV Show, when Miami Police Detectives Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jaime Foxx) square off against Cartel leader Yero (John Ortiz) and his goons.
Dolarhyde Siege (Manhunter):
Set to Iron Butterfly's groovy "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida", this scene from Mann's 1986 take on Hannibal Lecter packs a real punch as criminal profiler Will Graham (William Peterson) breaks into the home of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde (Tom Noonan) just as he's about to claim his next victim.
Conflict in the Club (Collateral):
This dazzling display of firepower ratchets up the tension in Mann's 2004 thriller, as hit-man Vincent (Tom Cruise) shoots his way through a crowded nightclub in order to execute Korean gangster Peter Lim (Inmo Yuon).
The Bank Heist (Heat):
The crown jewel of Mann's impressive action resume comes at around the midpoint of his 1995 crime epic. When LAPD Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) catches wind of an in-process bank robbery, he arrives on the scene to find master thief Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his team about to make their getaway. What follows is a blistering and brutal shootout that many critics have since hailed as the greatest action sequence ever put to film.
Honorable Mention: Gun-brawl in Jakarta (Blackhat)
Lest you think the master Michael Mann has run out of steam after all these years, the finale of Blackhat contains one of his most intense showdowns yet, when our hero Hathaway (Hemsworth) finally comes face to face with his shadowy adversary.
Of course, there's no video to go with this sequence yet, so if you want to see it, you'll just have to check out Blackhat in theaters now!