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An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Starring:
Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth
Director Robert Luketic
Genres Drama
Studio TCFHE
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth
Director Robert Luketic
Genres Drama
Studio TCFHE
Rental release 10 March 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: DVD
Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a bright young man and he is trying to sell his employer, Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), an idea that he and his techie friends and colleagues have come up with. Wyatt, however, is rude and indifferent, and fires them all. Cassidy is now in a financial fix as there is no insurance to cover the latest medical treatment for his father (Richard Dreyfuss) and when he is later approached by wily Wyatt with an offer he really cannot refuse - to infiltrate the company of Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford) and steal the latest thing to be marketed by that company - Cassidy takes the opportunity to get rich. However, Wyatt and Goddard were once partners who now wage a technological war against each other and Cassidy is just a pawn in the game.

How can Paranoia (2013), a movie starring actors of the calibre of Gary Oldman, Richard Dreyfuss, and Harrison Ford, appear to be so teen-flicky? It all feels rather superficial and the romantic scenes between Liam Hemworth and Amber Heard just make it worse - I felt like I'd slipped into the Twilight zone. Yet the idea behind the plot is actually quite decent (despite the plot being riddled with holes) and actually ends with an unexpected result, like a damp squib that should have been a cracker. Not sure just how convincing the corporate machinations and technological devices are (even though I am pretty sure we are all being watched, monitored, and spied upon at some point or other - at least in the UK) but it's an entertaining enough movie if your expectations are really low. The cinematography is good and Gary Oldman is great although why the hell he and Harrison Ford would take a part in this film is beyond me. Didn't they read the script?

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I agree with the other reviewers. The promo looked great, it had a brilliant cast, the plot looked good and relevant to the times we live in... It's just such a let down. I can't believe I'm writing that about a film starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Both great actors who have starred in some fantastic films.

The film lacks tension and suspense, any depth to the plot, and I was sat there wondering if they'd aimed it a 12 years olds?! I groaned inside at the romantic moments, there's no chemistry between Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard. They don't develop any of the relationships in the film, everything is totally superficial. There's no depth to the characters at all. I would summarise the film as pretty cheesy. It could have been so good, instead it's just bad!!
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By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 July 2016
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While I would say some of the criticism of this movie is fair, it does come of as a lot more light weight than it was probably intended to be, more like a feature length episode of a corporate drama such as Suits than the suspenseful spy intrigue it was meant to be.

However, I thought it was great to see a movie about the potential for the misuse of technology available to virtually ever single member of the population at present which was a departure from the usual big brother storyline of sinister machinations by big government. Even Enemy of The State which features a rogue director and team of operatives willing to work with him presumes that the people to be worried about are public/political/governmental in character as opposed to simply private/corporate/wealthy actors.

This is a corporate/industrial espionage feature, the violent, even murderous, rivals in business are vying with one another for the development of listening and surveillance technological apps on phones (which incidentally I have heard are not that far removed from what actual apps including those used by Facebook, Amazon or other apps seeking to gather information to assist in the development of predictive sales and marketing apps) that's the focus of the feature. The protagonist and his friends are sucked into the intrigue as the latest pawns in play between the two business but the potential for technology to be exploited by anyone state, corporate or simply criminal was clear enough.

Aspects of the movie were perhaps odd or superfluous, dynamics between the protagonist and his dad were highlighted but that did not really go any place, I felt maybe this was highlighting the potential for corruption stemming from the divergence of the son's aspirations from that of his father but this did not really go anyplace. It could have been a better feature but even so it was not a bad one.
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Not amazing yet definitely above average, although I'd not say much for the camera direction and the majority of performances of those under 50.

Hemsworth is fine, and does enough, but I get nothing emotionally from his interactions, and I don't think that's intended.

The ending didn't totally stink of deus-ex machine, but it was an obvious telegraphable move, which was unfortunate as (other reviewers pointed out here on Amazon) it removes the element of paranoia. However (as opposed to said reviewers) I think the lack of tension and any psychological worry is down to the performances here. It's quite possible that the script didn't offer much for the players to play with, but I think two seconds from Dreyfuss under insultation from his son showed what's possible with what was offered. It had a broad beat, but his eyes and facial performance took my breath away. There were a couple of moments from Ford on that note, but not as strong as this, and Oldman was as dependable as both the actors older than him.

This unfortunately ends up just looking like a vehicle for Hemsworth, which is a shame. Because there's real promise in the raw material available here.
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