Liam Hemsworth. Amber Heard. Gary Oldman. Harrison Ford. It’s a good cast, and a good plotline: the heads of the world’s two foremost tech companies are trying to destroy each other’s business empires and will stop at nothing – even corporate espionage – to get there. When up-and-coming exec Adam Cassidy is tasked with stealing trade secrets from current leader Eikon, he ends up getting in way over his head. Suddenly he doesn’t know who he can trust, and it looks like his very life is in danger.
I’ll be honest, I expected better. I guessed the twist. It was an easy to watch, fast-paced thriller that went down nicely on a Sunday afternoon alongside a glass of wine and a cheeseboard. But it wasn’t quite as gripping or exhilarating as I was expecting. Ford was predictably excellent; Hemsworth did a good job of looking like he was about to lose everything (a role he must surely be getting sick of playing); Heard was beautiful and charming. But, I don’t know, I think I was expecting a bit more action. A few more car chases and loud crashy noises. It was a bit sedate, but it lacked the intelligence to pull it off. It would definitely have benefited from a few more fight scenes.
Worth watching if you’re a fan of Hemsworth’s, or if you’re looking for an unchallenging thriller with a technological side. It won’t smash your expectations, but it’ll keep you entertained for a couple of hours.
Paranoia comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 10th of March 2014.
6/10 – A run-of-the-mill Sunday afternoon thriller
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