Critic Consensus: Clichéd and unoriginal, Paranoia is a middling techno-thriller with indifferent performances and a shortage of thrills.
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Critic Reviews for Paranoia
There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure.
This is a film at odds with itself, wanting to be a 99 percenter rallying cry but wallowing in and fetishizing 1 percenter accoutrement at every turn.
Paranoia, a ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence.
In a movie about a new generation's hunger to topple the old guard, pretty boy Hemsworth is outclassed by his veteran costars, who get more mileage from baring their teeth than he does baring his chest.
Audience Reviews for Paranoia
It felt like a rehash of 2001's Antitrust.
This movie is certainly carried through by Oldman and Ford. Without them it would have been a slow bore of a movie.
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!