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Film Review – Paranoia

Director:  Robert Luketic
Screenplay:  Barry L. Levy and Jason Dean Hall
Cast:  Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Harrison Ford
Genre:  Thriller
Ratings:  **
Venue:  Ster Kinekor Maerua Mall, Cine 2

Rating Score
* – Poor
** – Average
*** – Good
**** – Very Good
***** – Excellent

How far would you go to make sure you are perceived as successful? This is the dilemma Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) had to face in Paranoia.
He always wished to be on the other side of the bridge where the lights seem to be brighter.
Adam stays in Brooklyn with his father Frank Cassidy (Richard Dreyfuss) who has emphysema. Adam wishes for the finer things in life and he is willing to sacrifice almost everything to get it.
 He gets blackmailed by his former boss Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) to become a corporate spy for him, to steal software from a rival company.
I get why this movie was a flop, it is just so 2004, so out dated.
The only thing that kept me from not walking out of the cinema, was Liam Hemsworth, no woman would. I even stop concentrating on the plot and was just watching him and day dreaming.
Paranoia would have made a lot of money if it was released in the early 2000’s, but missing its target audience by ten years did nothing to inspire me.  
The gentleman seated next to me was even snoring.  Thank God there was some eye candy for me (Liam), or else I would have been snoring too.
This is not a movie that should have been shown in cinemas. It should have gone straight to DVD. But besides the fact that it may bore you, Paranoia has good life lessons to teach everyone: fast skims do not pay of and it takes a lot of hard work to be successful. Everyone has to start at the bottom.
This movie was just a waste of money for everyone who was involved in its production.
It is ironic that the plot falls flat and the film is only saved by the actors with some pretty good acting. Such a waste of talent on a wasted storyline and plot. Maybe if you go read the book it will be more riveting than the movie.
The best time to watch this movie is on a Sunday afternoon just after lunch, when you are dosing off in front of the TV.  Since I am a girl and I love anything romantic, the chemistry between Liam (I mean Adam) and his girlfriend is just out of this world.
I intentionally do not mention most of the other actors in the movie because it is not worth it. Were it not for the acting ability of stalwarts like Ford and Oldman, Paranoia should have been chucked into the dustbin before its release. I do not want to spoil how you view them.
 If you watch Paranoia do not judge them for accepting the roles in this movie.
Even though Liam is cute and all, I still prefer his brother as the God of Thunder, Thor. Nice try to everyone who was involved in this movie, even though there are excellent actor and actresses but the plot was just not happening – ”too outdated ”.
Better luck next time Robert, but thanks for the eye candy.

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