Paranoia Movie Review
The last time we saw Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford together, they were squaring off on board Air Force One. Sixteen years later, they've reunited for the inept thriller Paranoia, where they play rival mobile technology executives who are competing to develop the next big thing, or something.
The star of the show is Thor Jr., otherwise known as Liam Hemsworth, who has the unfortunate opportunity to act alongside two living legends in one of the worst movies of both men's careers. Hemsworth plays a cocky software engineer who is a lot like Tom Cruise's role in The Firm, except not as smart, sophisticated or interesting. At least he gets to have PG-rated sex with Amber Heard.
There are few reasons, if any, to see Paranoia. The movie is written by Jason Dean Hall, who wrote the forgettable Ashton Kutcher drama Spread, and Barry L. Levy, whose greatest claim to fame is the disjointed disaster Vantage Point. Paranoia is much of the same, only without the clever hook that action-thriller had.
The movie is a by-the-numbers thriller clearly inspired by the aforementioned The Firm, but lacking the substance or character development to make it work. The story meanders with little suspense or mystery, building to a climax that is about as fascinating as fake technical terms used to describe next gen mobile technology.
Hemsworth plays a forgettable and bland protagonist, though even the best of actors could have done little with the material. Oldman gives it his all, but even he can't rise above the mundane material. Ford is given a surprisingly small role in which the most interesting aspect is his hairdo. Heard's character is horribly written.
Even with the worst of films I can often see the potential of what could have been, but not with Paranoia. Other than the cast involved, Paranoia is a boring, stupid and generic thriller. I'm going to go watch Air Force One now.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.