From the Australian director Robert Luketic comes Paranoia, another 2013 drama thriller that is “based” on a novel. it removes the best elements from the novel and adds typical Hollywood cliches, Paranoia is one of movies that you regret seeing if you have read the book.
Paranoia is about the two smartest creators of mobile phones in the world that want to destroy each other at all costs to sell their products, to accomplish this they start a corporate espionage war. Liam Hemsworth is Adam Cassidy a young adult who lives in Brooklyn and works at Wyat Corp a cutting edge mobile phone company, his job is to innovate in this complicated industry.
After Adam present his idea to Mr Wyat, he and his team get fired. To celebrate the failure Adam and the team go out to a club and use the Wyat Comapany project funding credit card to pay all the expenses. In the next morning Mr Wyat calls in for Adam and makes him a proposal either work for him as a spy or face legal action against him.
Paranoia not only has some issues in the script, but in the main character itself, Liam Hemsworth portrait of Adam Cassidy.. is just like anyother Liam Hemsworth movie. Liam’s acting was the same that you saw from Empire State, it’s identical there’ no difference between the two characters from completly difrent films, Adam shows no personality whatsoever and during different scenes he shows no emotions and sticks with his poker face the entire movie.
Harrison’s Ford performance was great and really showed us what his character was all about, in my honest opinion I would rather have had more screen time with Harrison Ford than having to see Adam Cassidy with his typical poker face, around half of the movie I was already bored of seeing him I couldn’t stand seeing a character that was just walking around doing stuff and not showing emotion, I couldn’t understand if Adam was either pissed or happy if it wasn’t for the dialogues.
The only major dialogue that was worth a five star rating is the ending conversation between Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman , both of these veteran actors showcase their emotions like Anger, Fear and desperation all trown together. Gary Oldmans performance sometimes felt like he was trying too hard, but as we meet his character Mr.Wyat we notice that we’re in for a good show.
The entire film worth of dialogues are boring, I’m not kidding. You could predict all the dialogues in this movie only by watching fifteen minutes of it, the humor repeats itself throughout the movie but with different words so you’re going to have a bad time if you didn’t laugh the first times they did it.
The movie is named Paranoia right? So you gotta expect one character or another to be paranoid right ?… We’ll you’re right it does happen but only for a brief time. This was the biggest joke by far in the movie and I’ll tell you why, at a certain time in the movie our boy Adam gets kind of paranoid due to being under surveillance all the time, well that’s a cool addition to the movie, this was shown during a scene. Quickly after that scene is over, its never mentioned again, ever.
Paranoia has some huge flaws and I’ll put some examples on the table. One night Andy got drunk as hell , when he wakes up he doesn’t remember anything but guess what? He is not hungover and even his hair isnt messed up, wanna know more? Why did Jock gave permission to the R&D developement vault to a Marketing director? Why did the FBI Agent portraited by Josh Holloway has short hair the first ime he shows up and at the end of the movie he has a pony tail… Damm that grows fast in 3 days, you should give some of that shampoo to Harisson ford.
To be honest I could write about why the movie sucks for days and days, but Paranoia could have been something greater due to the idea that Technology has taken over us, everybody is always either texting or calling. There are many examples of this in the movie but the movie didn’t pursue or explore this idea, it just continued on with the tired cliches and a horrible story completely altered from the book, they took the best parts from the book and just threw them in the garbage and replaced them with lame and cliche plot twists that anyone could have seen coming.
I really wanted Paranoia to be something special I really did.
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