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Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2013

FILM: Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford

paranoiaI was hoping for noir but I saw a generic thriller. Maybe it’s the corporate spying aspect or the overwhelming importance of a lucrative career that serves as a tough sell for me, but this is a slickly made, not very ambitious story about ambitious people. It reminded me of other films like Wall Street or The Devil’s Advocate where Al Pacino literally played the devil, and he was the head of a law firm as I recall, luring Keanu Reeves into shaky moral ground and soul-endangering wealth. I wasn’t a big fan of those films either. Maybe I don’t really care about people risking their mortal souls for their careers all that much, or maybe Paranoia just isn’t that exciting a story.

Liam Hemsworth plays attractive tech company employee Adam, frustrated with his gig working for cold boss Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman). Coincidental plot twists lead to Adam infiltrating Wyatt’s competitor Jock Goddard’s (Harrison Ford) company. Why? To discover information about a new smart phone under development.

Since Adam doesn’t want to end up like his unwell, unsuccessful dad (Richard Dreyfuss), he initially embraces the spying gig just as eagerly as Ford and Oldman embrace their apparent contest for the prize of Ultimate Actor in their slightly over the top scenes together. Naturally, Adam has misgivings, Wyatt won’t let him quit spying, and Adam gets drawn deeply into a feud between the two business titans. Adam’s doomed voice overs and random gun play aside, none of this seems too ominous. Where’s Al Satan Pacino when you need him?

Overall an enjoyable, but very slight thriller which you will enjoy more if you care a lot about corporate intrigue.

Paranoia, directed by Robert Luketic and starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, Richard Dreyfuss, and Angela Sarafyan is currently in theaters nationwide.

About the Author

- Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and produced screen and television writer. New books include the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse (Crimson); more romance and mystery with Between the Sheets (Entangled), co-written with Linda Marr; and the mystery thriller Marathon (Five Star/Cenage). Her previous titles include the award winning romantic suspense of The Model Man and Five O’Clock Shadow (Kensington); the literary fiction of Dreamtown (FictionWorks), and the erotic novella Rodeo Man (as Nikki Alton) in The Cowboy anthology (Aphrodisia). In film, her work spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy with an emphasis on independent film. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, she’s written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and documentaries for TLC, Lifetime, PBS, and HGTV, as well as numerous television commercials and corporate videos. She’s also written hundreds of articles on travel, love, the arts, writing, tech, food, parenting, and more.

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FILM: Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford