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Paranoia

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Robert Luketic

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

6%
  • Reviews Counted: 102
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 96
  • Average Rating: 3.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This is a film at odds with itself, wanting to be a 99 percenter rallying cry but wallowing in and fetishizing 1 percenter accoutrement at every turn. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Jul 23, 2014

Rotten: There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jul 23, 2014

Rotten: Paranoia, a ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 23, 2014

Rotten: You're not paranoid -- it really is bad. – Frank Lovece, Newsday, Aug 16, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Very interesting and thrilling

A must-watch thriller, very interesting, will let you wanting to know what is next. A true theme, no fantasy, a very good movie for someone that understands the tech-world.

A CLICHÉD TECHNO THRILLER WITH NOTHING GOOD TO OFFER

Crammed with a cast full of actors who seem like they'd rather be anywhere other than the set of their own movie, "Paranoia" is a clumsily executed techno thriller with all the originality and relevancy of a cheap cable drama. With no actual surprises in the entire story and some of the worst acting and editing I've seen in any film in 2013, this movie really does give new meaning to the term "lifeless." Liam Hemsworth stars as an ambitious tech firm employee at a powerful cell phone corporation who rapidly finds himself in a big, deadly world of intrigue after his ruthless boss (Gary Oldman) tasks him with stealing an equally intimidating competitor's (Harrison Ford) multi-billion dollar prototype. Bland "dramatic" scenes quickly come and go, a horribly unconvincing attempt at awkward romance is made between Hemsworth and Amber Heard (who stars as his thankless love interest), and some of the most laughable dialogue written for any recent "serious" movie is spouted out by two veteran A-list actors who should simply know better than to waste their combined talents in a bad low-budget disaster like this. Not surprisingly, they're the only highlights of the entire movie, but that's only because of their hammy, unintentionally hilarious shouting matches near the end. Aside from their slightly entertaining performances, it's just a generically unsatisfying procedural from start to exhausting finish. The good-looking but one-dimensional Hemsworth is about as engaging a protagonist as a stiff piece of driftwood, and Heard simply doesn't fare any better, as her instantly forgettable character is given nothing more than a one-note personality that makes her even more unlikable than intended. There are others in the cast, like Lucas Till as Hemsworth's stereotypically smart friend and Richard Dreyfuss as his health-deprived father, but they're simply pushed right to the side. In fact, the filmmakers never once focus on a single thing of any interest, as they just seem content to rehash the same tired, clichéd "high stakes" premise we've seen before in other better films. It doesn't help that each potentially tense moment is weighed down by the script's ridiculously inane plot twists, not to mention the fact that the whole story feels like it was written at least six years ago and has now just been brought to the big screen. At the end of the day, "Paranoia" is just a derivative, unfocused cinematic mess full of cardboard characters, muddled storytelling, and just about every clichéd thriller trope you can imagine. Unless you prefer sleeping through a movie instead of actually enjoying one, skip this bland, forgettable clunker at all costs.

I'd rather watch paint dry

It would be more exciting