Monday, September 23 2013, 08:11 PM MDT
Movie Review: Paranoia
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Recommended To: Those looking for a middle-of-the-road thriller with the sex appeal of Amber Heard and Liam Hemsworth paired with B-grade performances by Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.
Synopsis: After blowing his team’s big pitch Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is suckered into trying to steal the prototype of a revolutionary mobile phone from his former boss’s old mentor.
Review: My biggest problem with Paranoia is that it never really addresses paranoia in the digital age. It uses aspects of how our mobile devices could be used to track our every move, but for the most part the film is just a by-the-numbers heist film with a few twists thrown in at the end to spice things up a bit. It suggests that the whole story is motivated by the desire of the have-nots to rise to the level of the previous elite, but the social commentary is all bark and no bite. The performances are merely adequate as Oldman and Ford growl their way through their lines, Hemsworth plays the heartthrob lab rat forced to chase the cheese and Amber Heard stands around looking pretty.
-Ryan Michael Painter