Movie review: ‘Paranoia’ won’t hurt ya, but it’ll waste your time

MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICEAugust 16, 2013 

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Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman star in "paranoia."

  • PARANOIA

    •1/2

    Rated: PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language. Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman. Director: Robert Luketic. Running time: 106 minutes. Theaters: Edwards 22 and Edwards 9 in Boise, Edwards 14 and Edwards 12 in Nampa, Majestic 18 in Meridian.

“Paranoia” is the perfect name for a thriller about how our smart phones are outsmarting us.

A star vehicle for “the other Hemsworth” (“The Hunger Games’” Liam, not brother “Thor” Chris), it features a couple of chewy scenes pitting Harrison Ford against Gary Oldman.

Sadly, it is as slow and superficial as the director of “21” and “Killers” can make it.

Hemsworth is Adam Cassidy, a low-level apps innovator bribed and blackmailed into corporate espionage by one cell phone mogul — Oldman — into stealing from his old mentor, another mogul (Ford).

Amber Heard is the dishy marketing guru Adam must betray. Richard Dreyfuss is the sickly father who is the reason Adam is desperate for cash.

The story, based on a Joseph Finder novel, takes a very long time to get up to speed. There’s all this thinly atmospheric filler about the ways our phones track us, the “security” that they provide and is easily hacked, and the sinister people misusing all this data.

The laziest scripts over-explain themselves, starting with redundant voice-over narration and finishing with the weariest truisms, bromides and rules to live by. (“Be careful what you wish for … “You have to fit in to get in.”)

Maybe those lines will seem fresh the film’s younger target audience.

Director Robert Luketic’s team flashes the cash in this world Adam infiltrates — stunning apartments, designer clothes and sci-fi-level security systems, which Adam, somehow figures out how to foil.

Yes, your phone may be your undoing. That’s enough to make you paranoid. This movie? Not so much.

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