Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard premiered in cinemas last Friday, August 16th 2013. This new film revolves around Adam Cassidy (Hemsworth) who is caught in the middle of two rival companies after he agrees to spy on the other to help his company get the upper hand in the competition. Little did he know that this rivalry will take a dangerous turn as the two tycoons of the hi-tech world are willing to do whatever it takes to stay on top. Paranoia is based on the 2004 novel by Joseph Finder under the same title. Check out the movie review for Paranoia below:
“The Verdict on The Latest Film – Paranoia
The fitful spurts of energy that emanate from “Paranoia,” a sleek, silly corporate thriller, are supplied by Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford playing dueling titans of technology. These warring multibillionaires, Nic Wyatt (Mr. Oldman) and Jock Goddard (Mr. Ford), are former partners who will stop at nothing to destroy each other’s empires. When they meet face to face the size of their egos and the depth of their mutual hatred are signaled by the subzero frost of their sharklike grins.
“You stood on my shoulders,” Wyatt shouts.
“Now I’m standing on your neck,” Goddard retorts.
Caught in the cross-fire is the movie’s narrator, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth), a hotshot young techie and low-level employee of Wyatt’s company who allows himself to be recruited as a corporate spy. Coached by Wyatt’s assistant (Embeth Davidtz), he is supplied with all the trappings of entrepreneurial wealth and tutored in how to ingratiate himself to his future boss before landing a job at Goddard’s company, a transition that the movie makes look ridiculously easy.
Mr. Oldman and Mr. Ford are the only actors in the film , directed by Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”), skillful enough to navigate the yards of jargon-packed boilerplate in Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy’s thudding screenplay, adapted from Joseph Finder’s 2004 novel of the same title.
Mr. Hemsworth’s Adam is the blank at the center of the movie. This 23-year-old Australian hunk (“The Hunger Games”) has all the personality of a mannequin freshly shipped from the factory to Abercrombie & Fitch and still in its plastic wrap. Playing a supposedly ravenous eager beaver from a working-class Brooklyn background who will do anything to succeed, he ambles through the role like an obedient robot. Not since Taylor Lautner has Hollywood ogled a pretty boy this vacant and poorly prepared.
The director makes the most obvious use of Mr. Hemsworth by having him take off his shirt at every opportunity and directing his lip-locks with Amber Heard, who plays a haughty Ivy League-educated overachiever, with a fussy attention to lighting and camera angles that bring to mind a deluxe perfume commercial.
In critical ways the movie feels both out of date and out of touch. Ms. Heard’s character, Emma, confesses to a weakness for recreational sex with “bridge and tunnel guys.” But hipsters and literati have superseded blue-collar roughnecks as symbolizing Brooklyn’s image.”
Read the rest of the review at NY Times.
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