‘Paranoia’ is predictably entertaining

Blackmailed by his company’s CEO, an ambitious employee finds out that he’s bitten more than he chew on his path to success after he’s forced to spy on the boss’s rival and former mentor.


Stylistically engaging and riddled with pretty actors such as Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”) and Amber Heard, it’s a predictable thriller that still delivers.

Hemsworth plays Adam Cassidy, a low-level employee working at the Wyatt Corporation with big dreams of making it to a corner office. After delivering a disastrous digital pitch to his arrogant boss Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), Adam, a hotshot tech wiz, and his team members find they are out of a job. Rather than returning the company credit card, Adam uses it for a $16,000 splurge at a local nightclub.


Facing a $40,000 medical bill for his father emphysema treatment, and jail time for fraudulent charges on the company card, he accepts a deal from his former boss to spy on the company’s competitor Eikon, another tech company run by Wyatt’s rival and mentor, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford). The task seems easy enough. Infiltrate Eikon and steal corporate secrets for him, and Adam will get $500,000 in cash followed by $1 million in stock options when he delivers. With little choice but to accept the offer, Adam soon discovers that he’s bitten off far more than he chew on his path to success. He becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.

Directed by Robert Luketic, “Paranoia” is a predictable but entertaining drama. We know where it’s going and we know where it’s going to end. It’s got some catchy smart one liners and a steady pacing but ultimately it’s a forgettable thriller.

 One of the most noteworthy moments is when Adam’s character, who also serves as the movie’s narrator states; “There isn’t an original idea anymore. Everyone copies from each.” Rightly so, for after sitting through “Paranoia” you certainly feel like you have seen that same plot and story of corporate espionage and corruption multiple times before.

Pictured top: Amber Heard and Liam Hemsworth  Bottom: (Left to right.) Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth (Photo Credit:Peter Iovino)

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