Paranoia / by Krista Boivie

Image courtesy of Relativity Media

Image courtesy of Relativity Media

Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:

Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a smart and ambitious young man who is stuck as a worker drone at a huge tech company when the opportunity to change his fortunes and vault up the corporate ladder drops into his lap. Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) the CEO of Wyatt Mobile is desperate to find a way to save his ailing company so he offers Adam everything he has ever wanted if he is willing to go to work for Wyatt’s chief rival and former mentor Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford) and steal the design for Goddard’s revolutionary new cell phone. Events move more quickly than Adam anticipates and before he knows it he is being crushed by the pressure coming at him from multiple sides and he has to come up with a plan to get himself out before he ends up dead or in jail.

Scott’s Review:

I found Paranoia to be a very forgettable film. A few hours afterward Krista and I were talking and neither of us could remember the name of this movie. There were a few interesting ideas in Paranoia but ultimately I never felt it was as clever as it needed to be. The times when I perked up the most were the scenes where Oldman and Fordwere facing off with each other. The rest of the scenes lacked any electricity and there was almost no chemistry between most of the leads in this film. I didn’t get nearly enough thrill from this psychological thriller. C

Krista's Review: 

The trailers teased Paranoia as a thriller/suspense, when in fact it was merely a mild drama.  While watching the movie I kept thinking about how much I liked the styling, costumes, scenery and overall skill of the actors.  However, like Scott mentioned in his review, the movie was so generic that it became forgettable.  I think that is a shame given the powerhouse actors they lined up for this film in Oldman, Ford and Dreyfus. Most of the problems with the movie I attribute to a boring script.  There wasn't enough tension and drama to give it a deep emotional edge, nor was there any real suspense or action to pull us into the story more.  Skip it in the theater,  and if there is nothing available to rent when it comes out on DVD it will nicely kill an hour and a half. C+