Despite this really nutty premise, the film really isn't what you would expect from one of these revenge fantasies. At first, you think it's going to deliver in the same way that such classics of the genre like "Commando" or "Taken" do because the antagonists are evil to a cartoonish level. They're snapping pictures of the couple during intimate moments, they're blackmailing people, they're drug users, they are tied into all sorts of illegal business, they're slimy when it comes to picking up chicks and one of them is a rapist too. Basically, you wouldn't shed a tear if these guys found themselves dead. So in most of these movies, the hero gets wronged and suffers a great tragedy. He then goes about against the justice system that has failed him and gets satisfaction by either pumping the evildoers full of lead or (even better) giving them ironic deaths, much to the audience's satisfaction. That's basically what's going on here, but the tragedy, it isn't that tragic. Well, it should be because we've got a young boy in a coma and a wife that's scarred for life, but the movie is so over-the-top when it comes to the photographers that you can never take it seriously. As for the revenge aspect, well you can never quite cheer for Bo. I mean sure he gets his revenge, but it's never really satisfying. A frame-up here, an accidental death there. There's one kill that is actually quite disturbing when you think of it too much and you really start losing sympathy for the guy. Sure, the movie paints it as a nice, quick and clean kill but you just know that in real life, beating someone with a blunt object, to death nonetheless is pretty horrific. You start cheering for the cop that's investigating these suspicious looking deaths because you just want to see everyone involved thrown in jail (but he's either related to inspector Clouseau or secretly approves of the killings because he's not very good at it). The actions in the film just don't feel justified and it isn't dramatic enough or exploitation-y enough to satisfy.
As I wrote earlier at first the movie was emotionally effective and I did find myself invested in the story but as it went on, I found myself caring less and less. You'll get more enjoyment out of the cameos by celebrities (hey, check it out, it's Matthew McConaughey playing himself!) than the story. Particularly entertaining/ironic is Mel Gibson (who produced the film), who can be seen waiting to go to anger management class. "Paparazzi" doesn't have any real insights into the world of cheap tabloids and as a revenge fantasy, it's not particularly inspired either. Skip this one. (On Dvd, December 12, 2013)