Paranoia [2013] ★½

Paranoia-posterIn a year of crappy movies, “Paranoia” wins the award for stupidest thriller I’ve seen in quite a while. It takes a bunch of talented people (with the exception of Liam Hemsworth who’s just awful to watch), drops them in a quicksand of clichés and watches them sink. That would be Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman (of all people), who probably signed on without even reading the dumb script. Hemsworth plays a young guy working for Wyatt Corporation. One day his boss (Oldman) forces him to spy on his rival and ex mentor, played by Ford. What seems to be like a simple mission opens a nest of all sorts of problems. Director Robert Luketic (“Legally Blond”, “21”) is totally sidetracked by the lousy script by Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy. Oldman and Ford try to stay solid as the movie gets worse as we move along. No luck. “Paranoia” fails on every conceivable level. Even the alleged “twist” at the end has been telegraphed so far in advance, the actors look bored breathless having to act the damn thing out. So could this be the end of Harrison Ford’s career? Maybe. Or maybe I’m just paranoid.

Rating: 1.5/4

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