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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Movie Review : Paranoia

If you were given the order to spy on a company for their intel and be paid handsomely if you managed to pull it off, would you do it? I, for once, would love to jump to that opportunity but anyone who knows me well would totally laugh at the idea of it. I'm clumsy, accident prone, and totally helpless. But one thing I am good at is acting. I can plaster any face that I wish to act upon, and they can't tell whether I'm lying or not. But before I go on, and on about ridiculous spying skills, I thank Nuffnang for the premiere screening passes for this movie, and let's get into the review.

In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam's ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt's old mentor. Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams. However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt's corporate game and realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage. 

If I really want to be myself, I would just simply write, LIAM HEMSWORTH and give you all a rating of 10/10. But that would biased and an unjust review on the movie, which actually says more that Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) being a paranoid person. But Liam himself is actually quite the distraction in the movie. And as far as I can tell, he's a good actor, yeah but totally overrated. His acting skills aren't really incredible, but just o-kay. So sorry, honey, no hard feelings here.

But you could slap him frothy whipped cream on his lean beach bod any day and I'd drool all day long. Coming back to the movie, let's talk about the the rest of the cast. Amber Heard as Emma Jennings. I just don't know how, or was it only me, that she just remind me of ScarJo so much. That's Scarlett Johansson, for those that doesn't know her famous pet name. The way her eyes glare and tinkle, her hair flips, her voice and lips motion, everything just trace back to ScarJo. Seriously, not lying here.

The bigger paranoids : Harrison Ford as Jock Goddard and Gary Oldman as Nicholas Wyatt. Well, what can I say about these two veterans? They are awesome in their younger days and they never stop. The two brought up the best in their roles as corrupt megalomaniacs who are driven by fame, fortune, and funds. It's like what they say, the bigger you are, the harder you'll fall. 

Seeing Julian McMahon once more was really good. Haven't seen him on the silver screen for a while, though. But as menacing as ever, he brought back the powerful character, Balthazar's demeanour from the series Charmed, and bring life into the bully that he is inside the movie as Maechum. Alongside Meechum, Judith, played by Embeth Davidtz, is also one of 'Nic' Wyatt's trustworthy confidante and follower. While Meechum is the brawn, Judith is the brain. Having a Ph.D in Psychology, she can 'read' other people easily. Though what fascinates me about her was her accent.

Enough about the cast. While some (I'm guessing) viewers might only see the title of the movie 'Paranoia' being less of an impact because of just a certain blip of moment during the movie where Adam was actually paranoid and scared that something bad is going to happen to his loved ones (particularly his dad and friends), I see the real paranoia. 'Nic' and 'Jock' was the bigger paranoids. So afraid and so envious of each other's success, they were the puppeteer of Adam Cassidy's ambitious desire to become successful.

That brought up to the real conflict in the world where, again, the rich looks down upon the less fortunate ones. The wealthy dominates the choices in daily life and they, are the oppressors of the society. In the hope to walk across the bridge safely, what can one do but to keep the balance in their life in check. But often comes to much that most would fail and fall down the bridge. A little bit cryptic here, but I hope you get it.

What really amazes me in the movie was actually the technology they are talking about throughout the whole movie. In actuality, besides the theme, this movie was really about the motherfucking advanced mobile cellphone. To prove which is better, who has the best technology, 3DPS (a tracking system), accessibility, compatibility, and like 'Jock' referred to as a mobile wallet. That is also capable of accessing every data on the owner of the phone back to the main server. Like one motherfucking spying web of network, and what one would do with all these information and data.

Overall, the movie is quite entertaining. Not much of a thriller than it portrays to be, the movie was more about the corrupted nature of corporate world. An enjoyable flick at the least but nothing that can make the audience go 'wow' or 'oooh' except for the awesome technology of Eikon, Ethion, and Occura. If you've got time to kill and a big fan of Liam Hemsworth, this is really an okay movie. Rating 5/10