Paranoia Movie Review, Acting Not A Factor

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 Paranoia movie review

Last night I needed to get out of the house, so a friend and I did what a lot of the population does on a Saturday night. We went to a movie!  Sometimes choosing a movie can be difficult, here’s how we settled on”Paranoia” movie. My process of elimination: no horror movies, nothing animated since we didn’t have our kids, and something that looked interesting.

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I’d be lying if I said Liam Hemsworth shirtless, wasn’t interesting. No, it didn’t factor in to our movie selection.

Any movie starring Harrison Ford, is definitely on my radar. Other than the stars, Harrison, Liam Hemsworth, and Gary Oldman, I didn’t know much about the film’s plot. Based on the New York Times bestseller “Paranoia” by Joseph Finder, the film is a techno thriller. The plot revolves around technology, competition and big egos.

Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) wants to be a “player”, in his personal and professional life. Fueled by blind ambition, and medical bills piling up, he’s eager to impress his boss Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman). Wyatt’s tech company is struggling, and he’s driven by taking down his rival, Jock Goddard (Ford).

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Problem is, while Cassidy thinks he’s a player, in reality he’s the pawn in a game of billionaire vs. billionaire. Bigger problem, is that the plot is full of twists and turns, but the acting mostly falls flat. While the hunk Liam Hemsworth is worthy of ogling and being referred to as “eye candy”, he doesn’t deliver a solid performance. There’s a clear lack of chemistry between Hemsworth and love interest Emma (Amber Heard).

Ford was at the top if his game in “42”, and if you compare that performance with his role as Jock, its disappointing. Maybe the comparison is what explains why”Paranoia” is the worst box office performance in Ford’s career.

Forget the fact that the plot never succeeds in making the audience paranoid. Forget about the mediocre acting, based on the whole, I enjoyed the movie. Mostly because it was full of gadgets and sexy cars, like the 2012 Fisker Karma hybrid electric, that Hemsworth drives. First thing I did after the movie, came home and googled cars used in Paranoia. Unfortunately, the only car I could confirm was the Fisker.

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Based solely on the book reviews vs. “Paranoia” movie reviews, seems the book is much better than the film. I plan to pick up a copy to read, but I know in most cases, the book is usually better! Have you seen the movie? What were your thoughts?

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  1. Wow. The movie does not include so many details that I felt capture the whole story. Should of never been brought to Hollywood.. Feel like they jus ruined a very great novel with this sorry excuse for a movie


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