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BlackBerry (Open Captions)

The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world's first smartphone. (R, 119 min.)

This is an Open Captions Screening.

This is an Open Captions screening.
The “true story” of the meteoric rise & catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone, BLACKBERRY is a whirlwind ride through a ruthlessly competitive Silicon Valley at breakneck speeds. [IFC Films]

Starring:Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton, Jim Balsillie, Matt Johnson, Cary Elwes, Saul Rubinek, Michael Ironside, SungWon Cho
Director: Matt Johnson
Genre(s): Biography, Comedy, Drama

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"BlackBerry is funny, fast and nerve-rattling. And it is always – always – intensely entertaining."

— Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"It’s an affectionately told story of Canadian innovation, loss of innocence and of unlikely bedfellows making entrepreneurial magic."

— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"With BlackBerry, Johnson manages to craft a thrilling and moving story about friendship, pride, and the brutality of the free market."

— Marco Vito Oddo, Collider

"Like a shark in the kiddie pool, Howerton delivers the kind of performance that can make a career, or force audiences to totally reconsider an actor’s potential."

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"It is a loving — and highly entertaining — ode to the outcasts who dream of nothing more than a life filled with fixing whirring gadgets and afternoons spent in 'Star Trek' matinees."

— Rafaela Sales Ross, The Playlist

"With a good deal of zippy snark à la 'The Social Network' and a sense of deadpan comedy straight from the 'Succession' playbook, BlackBerry is the kind of mid-budget marvel that doesn’t seem to come around often anymore."

— Steph Green, IndieWire

"Johnson and co-writer Matthew Miller turn the story of RIM’s brisk rise and meteoric fall into a kind of breathless tech fever dream, a relentless but addictive downbeat human comedy about the struggle to stay on top in a fast-moving industry."

— Lee Marshall, Screen Daily