Qwerty fans, rejoice! The highly anticipated movie about the iconic BlackBerry phone is finally on its way, and the trailer is here to give us a glimpse of what’s in store. The film features a star-studded cast, including the talented Jay Baruchel (best known for his role in the How To Train Your Dragon series), the hilarious Glenn Howerton (famous for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and the multi-talented Matt Johnson, who not only stars in the film but also directs it.

In the trailer, we witness an intense struggle between the dedicated developers of the BlackBerry handheld device, who are committed to creating the best product possible, and the cutthroat businessman Jim Balsillie (played by Glenn Howerton), who prioritizes release dates, marketing strategies, and profit margins above all else.

Despite the initial success and widespread adoption, the tech industry advances rapidly, and the release of the game-changing Apple iPhone spells trouble for BlackBerry. As the company struggles to keep up, tensions mount, and the situation becomes worse when the authorities launch an investigation into potential fraud.

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In the hands of a lesser director, a movie about the birth of a groundbreaking technological innovation might come off as a mere imitation of The Social Network or Steve Jobs. However, BlackBerry feels like a unique take under the uniquely humorous lens of Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson, known for his previous works The Dirties and Operation Avalanche. 

After making waves at prestigious festivals like Berlinale and SXSW, the film is deemed as a captivating story of the visionary men who steered the course of the spectacular rise and catastrophic downfall of the world’s first smartphone. 

Based on the riveting 2015 book Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry, written by Globe and Mail journalists Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, the movie was acquired by IFC Films with plans to do a limited release.

BlackBerry opens in movie theatres on April 28th, 2023. 

Watch the trailer for BlackBerry Here:

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