Movie Review: Paranoia

By Craig Nicholson

Liam Hemsworth, centre, gets caught in a powerplay between Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in Paranoia.
Liam Hemsworth, centre, gets caught in a powerplay between Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford in Paranoia.

The Hemsworth brothers - Chris, Luke and Liam - are taking the movie world by storm.

From his early days in Aussie TV series Neighbours, Liam has gone on to roles in The Hunger Games and now Paranoia among others.

We know Chris from his appearances in Thor, Red Dawn and The Avengers and Luke is also an emerging movie star in his own right.

These Aussie boys are creating a movie dynasty.

The 23-year-old Liam plays a commanding role in star-studded Paranoia

as 20-something Adam Cassidy who gets caught in a massive powerplay between tech rivals Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford) and Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman).

Wyatt blackmails him to infiltrate Goddard's company and steal his latest hi-tech smart phone before it gets to market.

With the lives of his friends and father (Richard Dreyfuss) on the line, he has no choice but to succeed in his mission and avoid detection.

But all is not what it seems and Adam's actions only seem to cause him greater problems.

Eyes are on him at all times and he cannot make a move without the wrong people knowing.

Complicating matters is Emma Jennings (Amber Heard), a well- connected employee of Goddard's.

He can't let on what he is up to but he also can't stop the growing feelings he has for her.

Caught in a rather substantial trap, Adam must find a way to carefully manoeuvre his way through and come out the other side alive while protecting those he cares for most.

Paranoia is an intriguing movie that relies on strong characters and an engaging plot more than it does on gratuitous action scenes.

It is a thriller in its true sense and a good one, too.

(M) 106 minutes
Rating: 4 / 5

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