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  • Summary: The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar, seduced by unlimited wealth and power, falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. [Relativity Media] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 19, 2013
    Now it feels almost quaint, like a throwback. You watch it and, despite all the au courant techno geekery on display, you feel like you’ve stepped into a time capsule. It’s a nice feeling at first. If only the movie were better.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 15, 2013
    It plays more like a "21 Jump Street," full of pretty people and a thumping soundtrack but offering little in the way of something to say.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 15, 2013
    This one is essentially “The Firm” with smartphones.
  4. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 15, 2013
    Paranoia is ostensibly a thriller, but there’s nothing remotely thrilling about it. This slick, plodding bore is as exciting as watching somebody else tap out text messages.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 19, 2013
    However, once you realize there's no "pleasure" to be had from something this wantonly dumb and idiotically constructed, all that's left is "guilt" - guilt that you actually spent money to see this.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 15, 2013
    I'm not going to get into the acting, because there's not much of it, frankly. No one is embarrassingly bad; no one is exceptionally good.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 15, 2013
    Paranoia’s twitchiness is like an actual twitch: it’s contrived and clunky, and you forget it in an instant.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Nov 21, 2013
    Going against many other reviews, I will now say that this movie was, in my own personal opinion, worth it. I can't defend this movie against the accusations of being clichéd and unoriginal, because it IS. It really is and it's PREDICTABLE. I could see how the movie ended almost right after it started. Yet, I still found myself watching, which I guess means I am easily entertained. It honestly wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was actually pretty good, in my OPINION. I actually liked the acting in the film.

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  2. Aug 17, 2013
    In my opinion, this movie was pretty worth it, going against some reviews. Yes, some parts good be a little cheesy, and yes, sometimes the story line was slightly confusing. However, I still found this riveting and suspenseful and I would recommend it. It's not the best movie I've EVER seen but it was enjoyable and I really was glad I saw it. I'll admit, at times, I enjoyed it because of Liam Hemsworth's attractiveness, but I enjoyed it for the story, too. Harrison Ford also gave a good performance. Expand
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    Actors did a good job. Everything was good but i have this feeling that the last part of the movie was overlooked kind of impression. I mean, Ford bought the opposing company? its like something isn't right here. Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    This film is just a waste you have Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford and you create this really. There's just nothing here you don't care about any of the characters. Overall Ford and Oldman keeps this thing from a complete disaster, but it's close. D+ Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    "Paranoia" 10 Scale Rating: 3.0 (Awful) ...

    The Good: As expected, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford were fantastic. They didn't have much to
    work with, but they made the most of it ... especially when they shared the screen.

    The Bad: Just about everything else. For a thriller, there weren't many thrills as it was a boring and weak effort. Liam Hemsworth is a decent enough actor but clearly can't carry a film as the main protagonist. Supposedly slick and smart, the film is clunky and at times flat out stupid.
  6. Aug 30, 2013
    The main things missing from the thriller “Paranoia” are thrills. The leading man, Liam Hemsworth, is as good looking as they come and certainly Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman as former friends now out to destroy each other play their roles to the hilt. Richard Dreyfuss adds the sympathy, the only sympathy, to the success of Hemsworth who wants it all and Amber Heard supplies the love interest in a role that certainly doesn’t give off any thrills as to who will end up together.

    There are a few mysteries in the film such as how does Hemsworth rise so fast showing so little talent in the IT field and just how does Embeth Davidtz fit in as Oldman’s right hand? The setup, and execution of the screenplay by Jason Hall and Berry L. Levy, is overshadowed by the sights and sounds of all the glass office buildings in Manhattan and the Brooklyn neighborhood.

    Director Robert Luketic keeps the action going with car chases and all kinds of technical gadgets and throws in a red herring that should be easily seen through by even a casual moviegoer.

    Harrison, Ford, Dreyfus and Davidtz offer whatever tension there is in the movie while Hemsworth, Heard, various sets and cars offer relaxation for the eyes but “Paranoia” should disappear quickly from the large screen and go to DVD and the small screen.
  7. Nov 10, 2013
    Cheesy and painfully predictable. Hollywood should be on notice, Liam has no where near the talent nor star power that his brother Chris has so don't bother putting him a lead role because he can't act his way out of a paper bag. His only worth is being a small secondary character whose only need is to look good. That being said, Neither Oldman nor Ford are good in this, Mainly because of the god awful, poorly written dialogue and the pathetic plot. Anyone else love how it's pretty much an exact rip off of Wall Street?

    Overall, There is a reason why Users and Critics agree this movie sucks. It honestly does nothing good.

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