Director Ma from IFC Films Fact-based feature starring Matt Johnson Jay Baruchel as Mike Lazaridis, Co-founder of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, and Glenn Howerton as the company’s former co-CEO Jim Balsillie. The trailer shows tension between the two, with Lazaridis being warned he’s a shark before agreeing to work with Balsillie.
This video includes Howerton telling Baruchel, “I know how to sell it, I know who we can sell it to, but I want 12 percentage of the company, I have to be the CEO.” Surprisingly, Baruchel’s character was fine with this arrangement.
Later, Howerton’s Balsillie said, “We’re racing to get this thing to market, but we’re a year behind—I need a prototype.”
Another key scene shows Lazaridis, played by Baruchel, assisting a first-time user of the device: “Try typing with your thumb.”
This film is based on the book by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, Losing the Signal : Blackberry Extraordinary The untold stories behind the rise and spectacular fall.
Johnson directs BlackBerry ) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Matthew Miller. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last month and was released in May .
This film is produced by Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman, Kevin Krikst and Matthew Miller. Executive producers are Nate Bolotin, Maxime Cottray, Adrian Love, Jay McCarrol, Noah Segal, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian and Robert Upchurch.
In his review , The Hollywood Reporter Chief Film Critic David Rooney called BlackBerry “jagged but quite entertaining.” 281