PARANOIA

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 27, 2013

Only entertaining on the most basic levels, without its seasoned cast and glossy shine film quality, “Paranoia” would be, as the critics have already called it, “borderline unwatchable.” Touting a cast of Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman again on opposing sides, and Liam Hemsworth with Amber Heard getting stuck in between these moguls, no one would have guessed the plot structure and delivery not be anything less than amazing. Instead, Robert Luketic’s feature is stale and recycled, feeling like every other corporate espionage film ever made. Mostly unbelievable and often contradictory, the jabs the film makes on worldwide surveillance get brushed over to allow for the plot to carry on. In particular, the fact that all conversations are monitored on phones, whether the phone is on or not, would render the idea of becoming a spy completely impossible. There would be no way that Adam (Hemsworth) could infiltrate Goddard’s (Ford) company without immediately being detected, especially as he runs back to the rival company. The writing is surface level, relying on fixed stereotypes to get the viewer directly involved rather than developing characters richly and excitingly. The film becomes so formulaic that even the romance that blossoms are rendered unwanted. With a veteran cast like Ford and Oldman, it takes a very poorly written script and terrible execution to kill a film like “Paranoia.”

RELEASE DATE
August 16, 2013

DIRECTOR
Robert Luketic

WRITTEN BY
Barry Levy
Jason Hall

BASED ON
“Paranoia”
by Joseph Finder

STUDIO
Relativity Media

PG-13
(for some sexuality, violence and language)

DRAMA
THRILLER

106 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
David Tattersall

COMPOSER
Junkie XL

EDITOR
Dany Cooper
Tracy Adams

CAST
Liam Hemsworth
Gary Oldman
Amber Heard
Harrison Ford
Lucas Till
Embeth Davidtz
Julian McMahon
Josh Holloway
Richard Dreyfuss

PRODUCED BY
Alexandra Milchan
Scott Lambert
Deepak Nayar

BUDGET
$35 million

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