Paranoia gives you nothing to be paranoid about as cliches follow you in every turn.
In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam’s ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old mentor. Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams. However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt’s corporate game and realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage. (c) Relativity
Paranoia is a generic thriller that tries to coast on its A-list actors but inevitably fails. The summary alone indicates that you’ve seen this all before.
You get a checklist of cliched characters – the ambitious and poor underdog with a sick underachieving father, the love interest, the nerdy sidekick, a couple of corporate titans, the hired killer, and that person who trains the lead so he can blend in with the elite.
The film makes no effort in tweaking the cliched plot as everything runs in its predictable course. Like in a horror movie, characters suddenly lose common sense to get the ball rolling. The lead outwits his enemies by giving them a taste of their own medicine with the help of a nerdy sidekick. He learns his lessons, solves his daddy issues, and gets the girl who’s out of his league. Don’t forget the “tension filled” scene where he tries to download a file without getting caught.
The lead, Liam Hemsworth, is pretty but too bland to liven up the proceedings. The veteran actors do their thing and actually make it a bit tolerable, but their efforts are reduced by their cliched characters.
The film tries to cash in from the popularity of the younger Hemsworth thanks to the Hunger Games, with experienced actors added for credibility. Unfortunately the Hollywood sheen isn’t enough to distract you from the dull screenplay.
My Rating: 3/10