Paranoia (2013 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Luketic|
|Produced by||Alexandra Milchan
|Screenplay by||Barry Levy
Jason Dean Hall
by Joseph Finder
|Music by||Junkie XL|
|Editing by||Priscilla Nedd-Friendly|
|Distributed by||Relativity Media|
|Running time||115 minutes|
Paranoia is an American thriller film directed by Robert Luketic, with a screenplay written by Barry L. Levy and Jason Dean Hall, based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Joseph Finder, and starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard and Harrison Ford.
The film was released on August 16, 2013 and was a resounding critical failure as well as a box office bomb.
Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a low-level inventor who works for a corporation run by Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman). After being fired for insubordination, Adam uses the company's credit card to pay for bottle service for his friends at a club. Wyatt and his enforcer, Miles Meachum (Julian McMahon), blackmail Adam into becoming a corporate spy for Wyatt by threatening to have him arrested for fraud.
Adam is trained by Judith Bolton (Embeth Davidtz) and infiltrates a company run by Wyatt's former mentor, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford). He provides Goddard, who stole several of Wyatt's ideas, with an advanced software able to hack into cellphones, with potential military applications. FBI Agent Gamble (Josh Holloway) interrogates Adam, revealing that three other employees of Wyatt who transferred to Goddard's company were found dead, but Adam ignores him.
Adam finds out Emma Jennings (Amber Heard), a woman he met during the party, is the Director of Marketing of Goddard's company. He initiates a relationship with Emma in order to steal files about Goddard's upcoming projects. Wyatt threatens to kill Adam's father, Frank Cassidy (Richard Dreyfuss), if Adam doesn't steal a revolutionary prototype cellphone developed by Goddard. Adam later finds out Meachum and Bolton are monitoring him, so he destroys the cameras in his apartment. In retaliation, Meachum runs over Adam's friend, Kevin (Lucas Till), with a car, nearly killing him. Adam is given 48 hours to steal the prototype.
Adam uses Emma's fingerprints from a spoon to gain security access to the company's vault. He is confronted there by Goddard, who intends to take over Wyatt's company with evidence that Adam was acting as Wyatt's spy. Emma finds out Adam used her. Adam recruits Kevin to help him. A meeting is set with Wyatt and Goddard, where it is revealed that Bolton has spied against Wyatt on Goddard's behalf. Both men speak of the crimes they have committed to sabotage each other's companies.
Adam has secretly used software to transmit their conversation to Kevin, whose computer recordings are turned over to the FBI. Goddard, Wyatt, Bolton and Meachum are arrested by Gamble, while Adam is released for contributing to the FBI's investigation. He reconciles with Emma and opens a small startup store in Brooklyn with Kevin and their friends.
- Liam Hemsworth as Adam Cassidy
- Gary Oldman as Nicholas Wyatt
- Amber Heard as Emma Jennings
- Harrison Ford as Augustine "Jock" Goddard
- Lucas Till as Kevin
- Embeth Davidtz as Dr. Judith Bolton
- Julian McMahon as Miles Meachum
- Josh Holloway as Agent Gamble
- Richard Dreyfuss as Frank Cassidy
- Angela Sarafyan as Allison
- Nickson Ruto as Fala
- William Peltz as Morgan
- Kevin Kliner as Tom Lundgren
- Christine Marzano as Nora Sommers
- Charlie Hofheimer as Richard McAllister
Paranoia was a box office bomb. The film debuted at #13 in the United States, generating only $3.5 million in its first weekend and going on to gross a total of $7,385,015 domestically. It made $6,400,000 in other countries for a worldwide total of $13,785,015, roundly failing to recoup its $35 million budget.
Paranoia was universally panned by critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that only 4% of 77 critics have given Paranoia a positive review, with an average rating of 3.8/10. Their consensus is: "Clichéd and unoriginal, Paranoia is a middling techno-thriller with indifferent performances and a shortage of thrills."
Liam Hemsworth's lead performance was criticized; Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote: "Not since Taylor Lautner has Hollywood ogled a pretty boy this vacant and poorly prepared." Dismissing the film as a "disaster", Jackson Murphy said: "Clearly the filmmakers were hoping that audiences would be distracted by Hemsworth's physique, and not realize how ridiculous this movie is. That strategy didn't work." Jackson suggested that the majority of the budget was spent on the salaries of Ford and Oldman, who "hopefully for their sakes, wrapped up their scenes in as few days as possible."
- List of films featuring surveillance
- Trading Places—a film with a similar rags-to-riches plot and resolution
- Cerro Alegre—a Chilean telenovela with a similar plot
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