Paranoia

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Paranoia Review


With a strong cast and striking production values, this thriller is sleek enough to hold our interest even if corporate espionage isn't a very exciting topic for the movies. As the title suggests, the film is trying to tap into the fear that our lives are being controlled by technology. But the script never goes anywhere with this idea, instead drifting through the usual plot involving shady bad guys, dark conspiracies and plucky heroics. All of which we've seen far too many times before.

It centres on young technical genius Adam (Hemsworth), who needs cash to pay the medical bills for his ill father (Dreyfuss). Working with his pal Kevin (Till), he goes for a big promotion but is instead sacked by his boss Wyatt (Oldman). The next morning, Wyatt makes Adam an offer he can't refuse: a chance to earn a fortune by spying on chief competitor Goddard (Ford). But this new undercover job brings all kinds of worries as Adam sees shadowy nastiness lurking around every corner. He's also suspicious that a recent one-night stand, Emma (Heard), works for Goddard. And that there's a strange man (Holloway) following his every move.

Rather than explore corrupt corporate culture or the idea that technology has eroded our privacy, the filmmakers create a fairly pedestrian thriller that tries to blind us with fake techno-speak and corny emotions. The plot continually hints that it will get darker and more momentous, but it never does. All of the stakes feel oddly small, the chain of events doesn't quite hang together and the characters never feel like more than rough outlines.

Hemsworth is likeable enough as the everyman at the centre, although his most strenuous acting requirement is to take his shirt off every 10 minutes. Heard's underwritten role is sexy and icy and not much more than that, while strong actors like Davidtz and McMahon (as Adam's handlers) are wasted. The best thing here is the clash of gruff titans Ford and Oldman, who growl through their scenes gleefully. But in the end, the script can't resist a simplistic final showdown followed by a lot of preachy moralising. Which reduces the movie to barely entertaining fluff.

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Paranoia

Facts and Figures

Genre: Thriller

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Friday 16th August 2013

Box Office USA: $7.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $13.8M

Budget: $35M

Distributed by: Relativity Media

Production compaines: Kintop Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Demarest Films, IM Global, E Stars Films, EMJAG Productions, Gaumont, Film 360

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 5%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 94

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: William D. Johnson, Scott Lambert, ,

Starring: as Adam Cassidy, as Jock Goddard, as Nicholas Wyatt, as Emma Jennings, as Agent Gamble, as Judith Bolton, as Frank Cassidy, as Meechum, as Kevin, as Alison, as Richard McCallister

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