BlackBerry

BlackBerry

(2023)

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Synopsis

Witness BlackBerry's innovation-to-disaster journey

BlackBerry follows the disastrous decline and collapse of the BlackBerry which was once at the forefront of innovation as the first smartphone. It delves into the events that led to the company's downfall, highlighting the mistakes and missed opportunities that ultimately led to its catastrophic end.

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What to know

Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton star as the minds behind the BlackBerry in biopic based on book

BlackBerry is a Canadian dramedy biopic directed by Matt Johnson for Elevation Pictures. It is from a script developed by Johnson and producer Matthew Miller originally based on the book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff. Along with Miller, the film is produced by Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman and Kevin Krikst. Johnson’s previous directing credits include the 2013 found footage thriller, The Dirties, and Operation Avalanche. During its highest point of success around September 2011, BlackBerry boasted 85 million global subscribers. However, as Android and iOS platforms gained popularity, BlackBerry lost its dominant market position which resulted in a steep decline in numbers. By March 2016, the subscriber count had plummeted to 23 million, marking a decline of nearly 75 percent.

Jay Baruchel portrays BlackBerry’s founder Mike Lazaridis while Glenn Howerton stars as Jim Balsillie, the former Chair and co-CEO of Research In Motion which later became BlackBerry Limited. The rest of the cast includes Cary Elwes as Carl Yankowski, Saul Rubinek as John Woodman, Michael Ironside as Charles Purdy, Rich Sommer as Paul Stannos, SungWon Cho as Ritchie Cheung, Michelle Giroux as Dara Frankel and director Johnson as Douglas Fregin.

Production News

  • August 23, 2022
    • It was confirmed that Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton will star in an upcoming film about the rise and fall of BlackBerry. This announcement was released along with news that filming on the project wrapped. (Source: Variety)
  • February 16, 2023
    • The distribution rights for the film were acquired by IFC Films for the United States, while Paramount Global Content Distribution secured the rights to distribute the film across multiple international territories. (Source: Deadline)
  • February 17, 2023
    • BlackBerry made its debut in competition at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival. (Source: Berlin International Film Festival)
  • March 9, 2023
    • Elevation Pictures is set to release the film in Canada on May 12, 2023. (Source: Newswire)
  • May 12, 2023
    • BlackBerry released in theatres.

Rating

IMDB 7.4 (44k)

Genres

Drama, Comedy, History

Runtime

1h 59min

Age rating

14A

Production country

Finland, Canada

Director

Matt Johnson

Cast

Jay Baruchel
Mike Lazaridis
Glenn Howerton
Jim Balsillie
Matt Johnson
Doug Fregin
Rich Sommer
Paul Stanos
Michael Ironside
Charles Purdy
Cary Elwes
Carl Yankowski
Martin Donovan
Rick Brock
Michelle Giroux
Dara Frankel
Saul Rubinek
John Woodman
SungWon Cho
Ritchie Cheung
Mark Critch
Gary Bettman
Kelly Van der Burg
Jasmine
Gregory Ambrose Calderone
Young Businessman #1
Laura Cilevitz
Shelly
Fuad Musayev
Derek
Ethan Eng
Ethan
Michael Scott
Michael
Pranay Noel
Pranay
Ben Petrie
Allan
Lauren Howe
Bell Assistant
Stephanie Moran
Peggy
Maher El Hares
RIM 2 Engineer
Conor Casey
Justin Fabian
Lyndon Casey
Don McMurtry
Dillon Casey
Mark Guibert
Eric Osborne
Austin
Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll
Jack Manishen
Elena Juatco
Dawn
Al Bernstein
Building Manager
Malakai Fox
Kai
David Christo
Pilot
Evan Buliung
Stan Sigman (voice)
Gwynne Phillips
Real Estate Agent (uncredited)