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Paranoia

Paranoia
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway and Embeth Davidtz


Rated: PG-13  for some sexuality, violence and language.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 16, 2013 Released by: Relativity Media

I'm not sure Paranoia is the accurate name for this film, probably ambition is the better handle for the motivation of Adam (Liam Hemsworth).  

Hemsworth's Adam is a young ambitious smart leader of  systems development team working for power house Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), the team is good but crushed when their somewhat arrogant strong proposal for change is rejected by Wyatt and the team is terminated. 

Adam is not satisfied with his father's (Richard Dreyfuss) life time work which has not placed him as a sickly older man with limited insurance and a modest home to live in.  That's not enough and the lean hungry Adam wants a piece of the high rollers life at the top of the corporate ladder.   

With the setting established and grooming developed for him by Judith Bolton (Embeth Davidtz) Wyatt reaches back to Adam to connect with Jock Goddard's (Harrison Ford) rival corporation to learn the secrets which can place his corporation one step ahead of Goddard's development of the same product.  Adam's ambition kicks in and he takes the bait, he's just smart enough to fit right in as the two powerhouse challengers in the technology world pull on each other to come out first.  Part of the script spends its time on the nasty history between Ford and Oldman.  The two are at each other again as they were in Air Force One but here they each have some dark corners to hide.

It's enjoyable to watch Hemsworth searching and maneuvering data and systems from the corporations and even from his lover Embeth Davidtz.  But the moral theme of the script is too obvious and it leaks through from the beginning.  Is dad's average life with kids and a wife who loved him and a warm adjustable chair in front of his TV as he grows old, as good, better or minimal compare to the well-to-do Oldman and Ford.  

We get to see through Adam's experience in life with the full glitz and the ordinary, but the most fun is watching all the maneuvering  on the part of three characters all who believe they are each smarter and more capable than everyone else.  

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Paranoia  B-      D   C+                  C+ 

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