"Paranoia" is a technology corporation thriller, that lacks the most important thing in a thriller, thrills. Liam Hemsworth stars as a down on his luck corporate guppie who finds himself in the cross hairs of a war between Tec companies headed by Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Now those two are usually awesome, and they each have good moments here. But really, they don't add much, if anything to it. Hemsworth is very wooden, and one of those actors where he is more eye candy for the girls than anything. Is it worth a watch? Eh, if it's a redbox rental or on Netflix, sure. But worth any substantial money? No, not really. This could have been worse, but really it should have been so much better.
Good Film! "Paranoia" starts off nicely and builds up to a point where it could go anywhere and in a spectacular way. Sure, all those possibilities are predictable but many are also enjoyable. The film has an interesting storyline but is weak on the technical premises. It is far from being stylish and thrilling but there is not much to offer in this formulaic script.While Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are good as usual, Liam Hemsworth is pretty much decent in it although we are far from being absorbed with his character nor do we feel sympathetic for him despite being used as a pawn by both tycoons. The twists and turns that take place in Paranoia are usually predictable but it might seem good for those who are not used to these types of movies. The state-of-the-art technology used in it could be bothersome as it overshadows the story of the film.But in spite of its flaws,the film manages to be serviceable and entertaining.
The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.
In this PG-13-rated techno-thriller, an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation (Hemsworth) finds himself: spying on his boss's (Gary Oldman) old mentor (Harrison Ford) to qualify for a multi-billion dollar payday and lifestyle.
Instead of the marquee talent promised, moviegoers are left to wonder to whom Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford lost a bet. When they go through the paces, there's at least a bargain basement entertainment value--expensive-looking goods made cheap. Nothing good can be said for Liam Hemsworth, however. Blessed by the Talent Gods with one expression, this young actor got away easier in The Expendables 2...he died after delivering his few lines of dialogue. Here, he and audience don't get off as easy. Instead, all involved get subjected to Hemsworth waking up a night of bonking Amber Heard with every hair perfectly in place and Julian McMahon flicking alight a Zippo menacingly like a Bond villain.
Bottom line: Three Doze of the Condor.
Acting wise, Ford and Oldman chew up each scene they are in. Hemsworth is ok but another actor in that role could have done more. I think Chris Pine would have done a better job in the role. Heard does the best with what she has to work with. Richard Dreyfus, Embeth Davidtz, and Julian McMahon provide solid supporting work.
Overall, the film is worth seeing cause of Ford and Oldman. No need to rush to the movie theater to see it. You can see it on DVD and Cable.
Liam Hemsworth is Adam Cassidy, a cocky and ambitious young technology developer who is forced by his boss (Gary Oldman) to steal corporate secrets from a rival technology company CEO (Harrison Ford). Embeth Davidtz does well as a woman who teaches Adam the art of corporate espionage, while Richard Dreyfuss? talents are wasted in the role of Adam?s ailing father.
Let?s see? this movie has? some great shots of New York City! That?s about the best thing I can say about ?Paranoia?. Unfortunately, those beauty shots are few and far between, much like the moments of real tension in the story. And those moments are connected by dialog and plot points that range from lame to silly to ridiculous. Of course, it would?ve helped if more members of the cast could actually act.
There are a couple half-way decent twists near the end of the movie, but by then, I was more interested in what time it was than what was going to happen to these characters. It?s almost as if there were a conspiracy to put out a movie with a cool title and a few great actors, then distribute an interesting trailer, all to get ME into the theater to waste my time and money.
Maybe that?s just my paranoia talking.
Or not. ?Paranoia? gets a ?D?.