Paranoia will have nobody watching
Bad plot pushes realms of plausibility, writes
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