“Remember that phone that everyone owned before an iPhone? This is how they got started and how they got destroyed.”
That’s how director Matt Johnson describes his movie BlackBerry, co-written with producer Matthew Miller. The pair of Torontonians are telling the uniquely Canadian story of the world’s first smartphone, the BlackBerry device, created by Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion (RIM).
In its heyday, the BlackBerry was everywhere — the undisputed king of cellphones, especially among businesspeople. But a handful of years later, the company was almost wiped out completely.
“Recounting the Canadian company’s humble yet chaotic rise to market dominance, BlackBerry is a darkly comedic telling of the tragic tale of a Canadian company that revolutionized the way we communicate, before swiftly plummeting into obsolescence,” according to production company Elevation Pictures.
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Canadian actor Jay Baruchel dons silver hair to play Mike Lazaridis, the brain behind the BlackBerry, alongside Johnson, who plays his business partner and …