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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.

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Richard Dreyfuss - Screening of 'Cas & Dylan' during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival held at The Merrion Hotel Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 19th February 2014

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Richard Dreyfuss and Svetlana Dreyfuss - Richard Dreyfuss and his wife Svetlane leaving the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Dreyfuss stopped to sign autographs for waiting fans and also posed for a photo with a paparazzo - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 17th February 2014

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Richard Dreyfuss - Richard Dreyfuss arrives at The Merrion Hotel Dublin with his wife Svetlana Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss is in the city to attend the Jameson Dublin Film Festival. - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 17th February 2014

'Paranoia' Sees Liam Hemsworth Sucked Into World of Industrial Espionage [Trailer & Pictures]

Tags: Liam Hemsworth - Richard Dreyfuss - Harrison Ford - Amber Heard - Gary Oldman

Paranoia lead cast: Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth & Harrison FordParanoia lead cast: Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth & Harrison Ford

Based on the 2004 novel of the same name, Liam Hemsworth's new movie Paranoia actually might not be instantly forgettable. The Hunger Games actor plays technology whizz Adam Cassidy who attempts to balance caring for his ailing father while working a low-paid job at a technology conglomerate. His fortunes begin to turn when his boss Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) offers him the chance to get rich quick.

Cassidy quickly learns that the job involves infiltrating the firm's biggest rival business (led by his old mentor Jock Goddard) in a dangerous act of espionage. Despite completing the job, Adam's resignation is refused - he now knows too much.

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