A flick you’d rather not spend your money on

2013-10-21 00:00

THRILLING, intense and captivating. These are not the words to describe Paranoia. Although the film has two Hollywood heavy weights, Paranoia is nothing more than dull.

Liam Hemsworth plays an average Adam Cassidy, a low-level worker at a tech company looking to make a mark in the very cut-throat industry. After a series of events (which are so mundane, I don’t even want to get into it) Adam is caught in the middle of the corporate espionage game between the two tech giants (Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford).

Given a new suit and a fancy car, Adam is sent in as a corporate spy to Ford’s company and the game of life and death starts. It sounds dramatic, but it just isn’t.

Paranoia is extremely predictable. Hemsworth does a mediocre job as the leading man and just has surface entertainment, and even that is a stretch. Amber Heard plays the love interest, and there is nothing interesting about her. Sure, she is easy on the eyes, but her character is just bland and fits the archetypal female love interest character.

Don’t waste your time or your money and rather wait for it to be shown on TV.

Oldman and Ford try their best to add substance to the film, but ultimately Hemsworth thaws any tension that this supposed thriller is meant to have. Paranoia is generic and without these Hollywood old-timers, it would have certainly gone straight to DVD.

Teenagers mayl find it satisfactory, but older viewers could rather use their time more productively.

Here is my advice for Mr Hemsworth. He should get on the first plane to Melbourne and think about doing a feature film about the crime fighting Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.

Let’s face it, without Miley, the god of thunder and lightning’s younger brother would still be an extra on Neighbours.

* Yashen Moodley

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