Sunday, 22 September 2013

Paranoia Review

Despite a 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I had to go watch it because I've not seen Harrison Ford in action for far too long and the pull of watching Gary Oldman as the villain after his good guy Commissioner Gordon role is too enticing. I must be getting old because I didn't watch it because of the beautiful young man and woman. XD

Ahem, on with the plot: ambitious young man Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth, yes, I'm one of those that get confused with him and his Thor bro) messed up by using the credit card issued by his employer Wyatt (Oldman) for a night of clubbing after his presentation to the boss failed. Using this as blackmail, Wyatt got Cassidy to do some industrial espionage on Goddard's (Ford) company which is developing the ultimate smartphone. Sounds like a situation about our two current smartphone leaders but I think the stuff in this movie were over the top most of the time. Along the way, Cassidy fell in love with Goddard's head of marketing Emma Jennings ( Amber Heard). Following this, things get predictable as Cassidy had a change of heart... Although depending on your focus on the movie, there could be a twist somewhere at the later part of the movie.

Needless to say, the spy had to survive and need to do something smart to escape because those at the top will stop at nothing to have the upper hand... even killing. Sounds like a framework for a movie that could stir up some contemporary thrills but it fell just short of that. It won't make you nod off but it won't stop you from blinking either. By the way, I don't think the movie really emphasised much about paranoia. It probably got us paranoid of technological giants instead... oh wait, was that what this is all about?

Pretty girl and boy. Yeah, the two leads. 3/5
Awesome acting? Not really. Nothing that could win any awards but it doesn't look fake either. 3/5
Thrilling? Mostly predictable, no at the edge of your seat incident here. 2/5
Predictable plot but not the worst out there, IMHO it deserved more than the 4% rotten rating. 3/5

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