Movie Stars: Predictable “Paranoia”
Greetings and salutations Towson Tigers! My name is Ryan Permison, and I will be critiquing movies for you this year. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it is to share my passion for movies. Ever since I was 8 years old, I wanted to become an actor. One of the highlights of my childhood was making my friends laugh when I quoted lines from my favorite movies. Later on, I realized it would be a long, hard road to making it in Hollywood. So, with that in mind, I decided that becoming a movie critic was a better avenue.
I have been a student at Towson University for a year now, and I have learned so much already. During my first year, I hosted a weekly talk show called The RPM Show on XTSR, the student-run radio station on campus. During the hour, I talk about the latest in film and TV.
Now, let’s get down to business. I saw the new film “Paranoia,” based on a novel of the same name written by Joseph Finder. It stars Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Amber Heard. Adam Cassidy, the character played by Hemsworth, is an aspiring inventor working for a corporation owned by Nicholas Wyatt (played by Oldman).
After Cassidy’s team is fired, he treats them to a night on the town using the company’s credit card to pay the bill. The next day, Wyatt blackmails Cassidy into working for his competitor’s company to steal trade secrets or face jail time. With some help, Cassidy becomes successful in getting a job with the company, Eikon, owned by Jock Goddard (played by Ford). Before they were rivals, Wyatt and Goddard were partners and best friends. Caught in the middle is Emma Jennings, head of marketing for Eikon, played by Amber Heard, who had a one-night-stand with Cassidy not too long ago.
One of the best things about this film is the technology that was used. We are not too far away from having phones that can track our every move and have all our personal information stored. And, veterans Ford and Oldman played their parts very well with the limited screen time they were given. With this kind of movie, I expected more from the director Robert Luketic, who gave us the 2008 film “21,” which was based on a true story of card counters in Las Vegas. At least “21” had more thrills and excitement. “Paranoia” brought nothing new to the table as far as dramas go. In the end, this one was very predictable- guy is torn between two companies, trying to make things better for his family, falling in love with the girl, lying to her, and then the FBI comes in and forces the lead character to work for them.
Aside from one or two good twists, this film had the premise to be so much more. If they had used the cast they assembled more effectively, this could have been a really good movie. Instead, it was another win for disappointing movies of the summer. On a scale of 1-10, I give “Paranoia” 5.5.