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Super Reviewer
½ May 9, 2013
It felt like a rehash of 2001's Antitrust.
Super Reviewer
November 22, 2013
This movie is certainly carried through by Oldman and Ford. Without them it would have been a slow bore of a movie.
Super Reviewer
½ December 8, 2013
Crowded with A-List actors who work pretty much to their best potential, "Paranoia" is sure to be the hit of the century am I right? Hell no, and let me please explain why. Adam (Liam Hemsworth) is fired after a "disappointing" pitch to the company about a new cellular device. He is then brought back to scam a rival company, whom just happens to have a girl who he knows and likes on board. Everything spirals out of control of course and everyone begins to hate each other. The premise is already stale enough and the script is pretty bad too. Although the actors give it their all, I will never recommend this film to anyone, because it is the most predicable piece of streamline crap out there. With choppy editing, and odd camera movements, this feels more like a hyperkinetic Music Video rather than a feature film. Most of the time I was shaking my head in disappointment wishing there was more to this film, but in the end, I just didn't care about it at all. "Paranoia" is sadly one of the worst of 2013!
Super Reviewer
December 3, 2013

"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.
Super Reviewer
November 25, 2013
Mediocre affair with a sloppily written script, Paranoia is a dull film that had an interesting premise, but it just ends up falling flat. The cast is awful, aside from Gary Oldman, whom I thought was quite good. However everyone else seems bored in their parts and Hemsworth tries too hard in his performance. This film simply copies from other films and it does lack some originality. Although the idea was good, the filmmakers clearly don't know where to take it, and they try to rip off every genre film in the process. This is a\ film that just doesn't deliver anything really engaging. I really was disappointed with the film, and I felt it was a missed opportunity to make something tense, and dramatic. Paranoia is a forgettable film, one that wastes its interesting ideas due to a sloppily written script, a few miscast parts and somewhat clichéd story. The ideas were interesting, but they also could have been worked with, so that it was something new and refreshing. In the end, Paranoia is a boring movie that never takes off. Don't go into this one expecting a great film, you'll be disappointed. Paranoia should have benefitted from a few rewrites before it got the go ahead, as it is a very boring film and it's a tedious picture to sit through and considering the end result, it's not worth seeing. This is a pointless movie that just doesn't have anything good going for it. Disappointing, and forgettable, you'll be glad that you missed out on Paranoia, as this one just doesn't work.
Super Reviewer
November 17, 2013
In a war between kings even a pawn can change the game.

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.
Nikhil N.
Super Reviewer
October 7, 2013
This movie is ridiculously stupid. Do not watch it. Its only redeeming factor (if you can count this as redeeming) is that the star-studded leads give categorically average performances.
Super Reviewer
August 31, 2013
Gary and Harry, why?
Super Reviewer
½ March 7, 2014
Despite some impressive casting, Paranoia is a rote thriller with no originality to it. After being blackmailed, Adam Cassidy gets caught in a rivalry between two tech companies by agreeing to become an undercover mole; but when he tries to back out the people he works for threaten the lives of his friends and family. It's a formulaic plot that's predictable from start to finish. The only saving graces are the strong performances from Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, and Josh Holloway. But it's not enough to save the film from mediocrity. Paranoia is completely unremarkable and instantly forgettable.
Super Reviewer
½ March 30, 2014
After making a name for himself in the Hunger Games, teen heartthrob, Liam Hemsworth got his first leading role in the corporate thriller, Paranoia. This film has a somewhat complicated plot to explain without spoilers, but I will attempt to do so. Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a low level employee at one of the worlds largest tech company. His boss has learned that their main competition, his former employer, is about to unveil a revolutionary piece of new technology, that can change everything. Fearing for his companies future, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) decides to give Cassidy the opportunity of a lifetime, that is if he's willing to break a few dozen laws or so. Liam Hemsworth was terrific, giving a performance similar to the one Bradly Cooper gives in Limitless, as a guy with an important job that's in way over his head. Hollywood finds these good looking guys and the truth is that a lot of them have nothing to offer, but Hemsworth proves that he has the talent it takes to star on the big screen. In the film he's supported by a real all-star cast, that includes Harrison Ford, Richard Dryfuss, and Gary Oldman, all of whom do what they've been doing for half a century, making great films even better. The only reason this film isn't getting 5 stars, is the same reason it didn't do as well as it should have in the box office. Paranoia is about corporate espionage and at times, the business aspect is confusing and makes us feel as overwhelmed as Hemsworth's character does. Other than that, I can't find a thing wrong with this film, it is absolutely one of the best edge of your seat thrillers I've seen all year and easily earns the right to be called one of our must see movies!
Super Reviewer
½ September 8, 2013
Crammed full of more over-acting stars than an episode of Celebrity Rehab, this oftentimes predictable and rarely surprising thriller summons more of a feeling of Nausea than Paranoia. When a star-studded production begins with a phoned-in VoiceOver that forcefeeds the movie's theme of the American Dream going chest up, you know you're in for a contextual talking-to. Sadly, the rest of the movie doesn't get any better. The script presents one high-rise moment: a frenzied teardown of every inch of a tony apartment but, sadly, it's stolen from a much-better film called The Conversation. The rest of the movie gets packed with one-note acting, flat cinematography, and about as many thrilling twists a corporate recruitment video.

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.
Super Reviewer
August 20, 2013
The re-teaming of Air Force One stars, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, is reason to check out this film. They are great in the movie, even though the film is so so. The film reminded me of a bunch of movies like Confidence, The Firm, Wall Street, Antitrust, and 21. The film needed a rewrite. They had a good idea but didn't execute it correctly. Some scenes felt like they copied scenes from other movies. Also the romantic storyline between Hemsworth and Heard felt rushed here and not developed well. Also, it was too predictable and no big surprises.

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.
Super Reviewer
½ November 19, 2013
As with this past summers R.I.P.D. the latest straight-up B-movie project from director Robert Luketik proves to be better than you might have heard while still proving to be a pretty spectacular failure for the level of talent involved. Paranoia was no doubt supposed to be young Liam Hemsworth's breakout solo role after serving a small, but critical aspect of The Hunger Games franchise and even moonlighting in The Expendables 2 last summer. With Paranoia though, we get such an obvious story and minimal acting from all involved that the film ends up feeling as half-hearted as it probably is. As if it were a throwaway script from some long forgotten 90's thriller, Paranoia has been updated to try and provide a social commentary on how the state of technology has left little room for anyone to spy on us but rather that we provide all the info anyone would ever need through our phones and other devices that feed our constant social media needs and incessant photo postings with tagged locations. Hemsworth's Adam Cassidy is picked up by Gary Oldman's Nicolas Wyatt to go undercover and obtain details concerning the latest product from his former boss and now rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford). Of course, this is all very illegal and fairly shady but Hemsworth's character is more than game because he's been working his whole life to amount to something more than his security guard father (Richard Dreyfus) ever was and plus, he wants to know what it's like to live like the other half. The film suffers from many of the same problems of which Adam's personality suffers and that is despite having a solid exterior and all the seemingly necessary parts to make a solid film (or human being) there is still a level of immaturity and naivete that is striking and unfortunately stands out above any of its other shining qualities. There is also a love story subplot concerning Amber Heard which no matter what film she pops up in usually adds a kind of generic stench to the proceedings and there is no changing that here. This might serve as passable entertainment for a Friday night on the couch, but it is also unacceptable trash for the level of talent involved.
Super Reviewer
August 7, 2013
Only entertaining on the most basic of levels, without its seasoned cast and glossy shine film quality, "Paranoia" would be, as the critics have already called it, "borderline unwatchable". Touting a cast of Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman once again on opposing sides, and Liam Hemsworth with Amber Heard getting stuck in between these moguls, no one would have guessed the plot structure and delivery would not be anything less than amazing. Instead, Robert Luketic's feature is stale and recycled, feeling like every other corporate espionage film that's ever been made. Mostly unbelievable and often contradictory, the jabs the film makes on worldwide surveillance are then brushed over to allow for the plot to carry on. In particular the fact that all conversations are monitored on phones, whether the phone is on or not, would render the idea of a spy completely impossible. Which means there would be no possible way that Adam (Hemsworth) could infiltrate Goddard's (Ford) company without immediately being detected, especially as he runs back to the rival company. The writing is surface level, relying on fixed stereotypes to get the viewer immediately involved rather than developing characters in a rich and exciting way. The film becomes so formulaic, that even the romance that blossoms is rendered unwanted. With a veteran cast like Ford and Oldman, it takes a very bad script and poor execution to kill a film like "Paranoia".
Super Reviewer
½ August 12, 2013
½ February 5, 2016
I wouldn't call it a success considering its cast, but the film deserves a better rating than the scores it received.
½ November 3, 2015
Paranoia means thinking that everyone is against you, causing you to look around every corner for someone to attack you or betray you. That kind of story can build up some real tension in a movie. The film called ?Paranoia? (PG-13, 1:46) gets that formula backwards and actually extinguishes tension. This movie shows us all the reasons that the main character SHOULD be paranoid, but he doesn?t know what?s happening behind the scenes, so instead of being paranoid, he?s just oblivious.

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?.
January 3, 2014
Paranoia has sporadic moments of a film that's story could have been solid and intriguing, but any glimpses of something remotely intelligent or entertaining are drowned out by an overall dull and dry screenplay. Pathetically enough, For a movie with this name, there's almost zero suspense to be found. Character development is attempted but unsuccessful, the cinematography has laughable aspect ratio hiccups, performances range from decent to extremely boring, and Paranoia is an overall lifeless, forgettable affair.
½ June 8, 2015
Horribly unoriginal and thinly scripted, Paranoia achieves absolutely nothing unique with an utter dependence on overdone cliches and tropes and hardly any fun thrills or enjoyable performances.
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