Excerpt: Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) werkt samen met zijn vrienden tegen een minimumloon voor Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), de CEO van een bedrijf gespecialiseerd in smartphones, in de hoop om opgemerkt te worden en de ladder van succes te kunnen beklimmen. Tijdens een presentatie aan Wyatt om zijn huidige project te pitchen wordt hij geïrriteerd doordat de man blijkbaar meer aandacht heeft in hoe warm van zijn koffie is dan aan wat Adam te zeggen heeft en hij kan zichzelf er...
Excerpt: We exist on a precipice of unbridled connectivity to each other, brought to us by international conglomerates who adore the idea of collecting data. It’s quite terrifying. For Paranoia , it becomes a cause for piling bodies. Two heated competitors are seeking evolution in the mobile space, both headed by antagonistic CEOs engaged in billion dollar grudge matches.
Conclusion: With a cast like this, how can 'Paranoia' be considered anything but a huge disappointment? At some point in the creative process there must have been an interesting concept, but 'Paranoia' has all the indications of an under-cooked screenplay with its paint-by-numbers storyline and less-than-original ideas. Both the actors and the audience deserved much better. Skip it.
Excerpt: The Hemsworth brothers (Chris and Liam) are staying busy. The two of them both have a film in theaters and several more on the horizon. Liam is arguably the less popular of the two, but they’re otherwise interchangeable at least in terms of acting quality. Here, Liam Hemsworth headlines this espionage thriller which also stars Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.
Summary: That is why I think the movie would have been so much better if the elders on the screen had not left the young kids alone. But they do way too much and for way too long. It’s so bad that when Dreyfuss shows up again late in the movie he tears up the scenery with pathos and comedy. It’s not great, but it props up a film that is flagging considerably. The plot has gotten lost, and the little vitality that Dreyfuss provides brings the film home.
Conclusion: Even with a great presentation, I can’t recommend anyone ever seeing this film. It’s the one thing worse than bad; it’s boring. Liam Hemsworth proves a poor, uncharismatic lead surrounded by players constantly upstaging him. This weekend I had the displeasure of watching two movies from this year that were rated at 3% and 4% respectively on the Tomato-meter. I’m sad to report that, for me, both very much lived up to that stature.
Excerpt: Robert Luketic's supposedly down-and-dirty corporate espionage thriller Paranoia undercuts itself at nearly every turn by shunning any potential relevancy, less a knockoff of The Conversation than perhaps D.J. Caruso's Eagle Eye . Top to bottom, Luketic and his screenwriters are less interested in the overlap between smartphones and snooping than in the supreme idiocy of their super-Aryan leading man, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth), who muses in the film's opening...
Conclusion: Not exciting enough to be a big dumb action movie and not clever enough to be anything else, Paranoia will disappoint most who see it. Not many are choosing to do that, as the film will go down as one of 2013's most resounding flops.
Conclusion: Paranoia tries to make Liam Hemsworth happen as some sort of acting presence, but he does not have it in him for one thing, and for another he spends more time looking pretty than looking respectable. Despite two above the title acting presences, the story still lacks any form of originality and becomes arduous to watch. Technically, the film looks and sounds great, though lacks any extras to make it a worthwhile purchase.