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‘BlackBerry’ Trailer: Jay Baruchel And Glenn Howerton Star In A Biopic At The Cellular Level


IFC Films on Wednesday dropped its trailer for BlackBerry, the Matt Johnson-directed movie that had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. It hits U.S. theaters May 12.

The comedic drama, which scored strong reviews at Berlin, tells the story of Mike Lazaridis (Jay Baruchel) and Jim Balsillie (Glenn Howerton), who charted the course of the spectacular rise and catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone.

The film’s ensemble cast includes Cary Elwes, Saul Rubinek, Rich Sommer, Martin Donovan, Michael Ironside and Johnson.

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The phone, created by the Canadian-based Research in Motion company Lazaridis and Balsillie founded, was the first in the market to include a keyboard and internet access — it became a power symbol in the hands of movers and shakers from Wall Street to Hollywood.

Johnson co-wrote the script with Matthew Miller, adapting Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff’s book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry.

In Pete Hammond’s review of the film out of Berlin, he noted that “the filmmakers have taken a tech-heavy business book and given it life, soul and sorrow in the most human of terms, and that is no easy undertaking.”

Check out the trailer above.

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