Para­noia will have no­body watch­ing

Bad plot pushes realms of plau­si­bil­ity, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

US­TRALIAN ac­tor Liam Hemsworth play­ing a tech ex­pert? Yes, it sounds bizarre. And on­screen, it’s not too be­liev­able ei­ther.

It’s not be­cause of Hemsworth’s act­ing. It’s sim­ply that the chis­elled ac­tor seems mis­cast as an am­bi­tious geek in Para­noia – one of the many prob­lems plagu­ing this thriller from Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Robert Luketic.

De­spite an ex­cep­tional cast, in­clud­ing Gary Old­man and Har­ri­son Ford, Para­noia is messy and lacks any kind of oomph.

The plot tries to be clever, but it’s badly told and you can see the twists com­ing a mile away. How­ever, what re­ally un­der­mines the whole movie is its im­plau­si­bil­ity.

Hemsworth stars as Adam, a poor in­tern at a ma­jor telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany who gets fired and sulk­ily de­cides to take his friends out for a wild night on the com­pany’s credit card.

The id­i­otic move means his for­mer em­ployer Ni­co­las Wyatt (Gary Old­man) is able to black­mail Adam into spy­ing on the com­pe­ti­tion – a com­pany run by Wyatt’s old men­tor Jock God­dard (Har­ri­son Ford).

Adam un­der­goes the ex­ten­sive trans­for­ma­tion from hand­some hip­ster, to hand­some guy in ex­pen­sive suits, so God­dard will be tricked into hir­ing him for a high­rank­ing po­si­tion.

Of course, this in­cludes shirt­less swim­ming pool and shower scenes for Hemsworth’s scream­ing fans of The Hunger Games.

Equally nice on the eyes is all the hi-tech gad­getry in Para­noia, which ac­com­pa­nies Adam’s new dream life­style and job. And all in ex­change for steal­ing trade se­crets and putting his and his loved ones lives at risk.

But the shine re­ally starts to wear off as ev­ery­thing gets a bit mud­dled, from Adam and us, as the black­mail, dou­ble-cross­ing and threats abound.

The sad thing is, you want to like Para­noia – it boasts a great cast, stars an Aussie and is di­rected by an Aussie. But in the end, Para­noia is un­for­tu­nately not the grip­ping, en­ter­tain­ing film it prom­ises to be and not even the big bud­get, big names and sleek look can hide those flaws.

Para­noia opens to­day.


Liam Hemsworth in a scene from Robert Luketic’s

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