An upcoming blockbuster movie about digital currencies is raising eyebrows in the crypto world, with some enthusiasts accusing Hollywood of demonizing Bitcoin.
The film – called Crypto – stars Beau Knapp, Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth and Kurt Russell.
Boasting the tagline “fear is the ultimate currency,” the thriller sees a high-flying Wall Street banker find himself in the middle of a worldwide conspiracy to launder money using crypto – a plot which involves the Russian mafia.
The trailer for the film has attracted derision online – not least because it features shots of an endless stream of 0s and 1s zooming across a computer screen, with the unmissable message “HACKER ATTACK!” flashing in the middle. It seems those who want a realistic interpretation of life in the underbelly of crypto might need to look elsewhere.
On top of this, some critics have claimed that Crypto is peddling tired narratives that Bitcoin is only used by criminals, and Russians are always involved in massive money-laundering plots.
It is fair to say that Hollywood may not be the first place you would go for expert takes on cryptocurrency – but despite the plot, the movie could raise awareness about Bitcoin, Ethereum and other coins in the ongoing quest for mainstream adoption and acceptance.
The official trailer for Crypto has already attracted more than 640,000 hits on YouTube at the time of writing, and hundreds of withering comments to boot.
One unimpressed viewer wrote:
“Yes… it’s here. The dumbest film ever made about something that the writers don’t understand.”
Ryan Hogan commented:
“Russia bad. Crypto bad. Smart people bad unless working for government. Thanks Hollywood, for yet another original plot.”
Those hoping for pinpoint accuracy on the computer screens of the characters piled in too, adding:
“This looked terrible, looks like something out of the 90s with the graphic design.”
And another sarcastic user predicted that the film will offer a warts-and-all expose of crypto trading, writing:
“I imagine there will be a 10-minute tense standoff while they wait for the blockchain to verify a transaction.”
To see whether all of the other predictions come true – including “three scenes of someone typing REALLY FAST” – we will have to wait for the movie to hit cinemas on April 12. Who knows: given that the trailer was only two minutes long, maybe there will be something in the rest of the film for crypto fans to cheer about.