Paranoia is a thriller starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, and Julian McMahon. The story is about Adam, played by Liam Hemsworth, who is an entry-level employee that is trying to work his way up through the Wyatt Corporation while supporting his sick father.
Adam and his co-workers make a pitch for an idea to the head of the Wyatt Corporation but the pitch is turned down and he and his co-workers are all fired as a result. Adam decides to take his now unemployed friends out for drinks on the corporation’s tab, but the head of the Wyatt Corporation finds out about this and uses it as a way to black mail Adam into becoming a spy for him against the competitor.
This film was appealing initially because of the story and I also liked and recognized most of the actors in the film. The opening dialogue really drew me in as it basically summarized the death of the American Dream. They shed light on the fact that people used to be able to start at the bottom of a company and work their way up and now that is not the case. They also mention how CEOs are lying and stealing to stay at the top.
There was a lot of truth to most of the dialogue in the movie and it also included a lot of fresh, witty remarks that I enjoyed. One of my favorite quotes was when Harrison Ford’s character says “Privacy. Absolute myth. No such thing”. The other quote I liked was at the end of the movie when Adam says, “One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are”, making a reference to his father.
I liked the look and overall feel of the movie. In one of the opening scenes the audience is shown a bunch of electronics and then there is a Hex Bug also in the scene which I thought it was a cute idea to include this little toy. Although the film is thoroughly entertaining it is not an accurate representation of current technology like it implies that it is, but this is Hollywood’s embellishment and creation of technology as per normal.
The music was another great aspect of the film. Junkie XL was in charge of the music in the movie and I am a fan of his work. The music fit well with the story, scenes, and theme of the movie.
In general, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to anyone looking for something full of action and suspense. It is a film that I would definitely watch again. It has a great ending to it in that while both CEOs are busy trying to ruin each other and Adam, but Adam plays them against each other and comes out on top.
Rating 4/5 Stars
Story hits close to home at times
Hollywood style technology