Adam is a technology contractor who finds himself blackmailed by his boss. Forced to spy on his boss’s rival, Adam caught between two powerful technology mogul’s while struggling to provide medical care for his ailing father.
Liam Hemsworth (Adam), Gary Oldman (Wyatt), Amber Heard (Emma), Harrison Ford (Goddard), Lucas Till (Kevin), Embeth Davidtz (Dr. Bolton), Julian McMahon (Miles), Josh Holloway (Gamble), Richard Dreyfuss (Frank).
Paranoia begins by spending a bit more time on character development and background than is really needed. Fortunately the wait is worth it and the film moves along well once the main plot is revealed. As things evolve the plot becomes more complicated, and the addition of some short parallel plot lines keeps things interesting in a variety of ways. The story wraps up with some mild plot twists, leaving us with a nice Happy Ever After style ending.
Acting was good with Hemsworth relying a bit more on his acting than his looks this time. Oldman and Ford both did very well though they didn’t have as much face time in the film as expected. Heard played well with Hemsworth, and McMahon did pretty well as the muscle in the movie. Dreyfuss was a nice addition and also played well against Hemsworth. The remainder of the cast was solid and did well.
Camera work was good but sets and backgrounds were above expectations and the film appears to have had a good budget. Physical effects were minimal but good with nice detail. Dialogue was well done and carried much of the storyline in this one. Sound and soundtrack were solid.
Overall Paranoia is a well done crime thriller with a solid, if not unique, storyline, good acting, and well done technical work. Those who enjoy espionage films will likely enjoy this the most while those watching to see Oldman or Ford may be disappointed.
With some sexuality, mild foul language, and some violence this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Espionage, crime thrillers
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