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Paranoid (2000)

A fashion model, living in London, attends a dinner party in the country side. Her "friend" just leaves and she's stuck there. She's drugged, abused and filmed. She tries to escape and is chained. Who'll help?

Director:

John Duigan

Writers:

John Duigan, Gilles Thompson (french adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Chloe
Iain Glen ... Stan
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Rachel
Ewen Bremner ... Gordon
Kevin Whately ... Clive
Mischa Barton ... Theresa
Gary Love ... Ned
Gina Bellman ... Eve
Oliver Milburn ... Toby
Amy Phillips ... Michelle
David Fahm David Fahm ... Jeremy
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Ellis (as Peter Hugo Daly)
James Bannon James Bannon ... Bryan
Helena Hamilton Helena Hamilton ... Anja
Sasha Turjak Sasha Turjak ... Vox (as Aleksandra Turjak)
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Storyline

A stressed out fashion model Chloe is invited by an acquaintance to a dinner party with some friends of his in a house far from London. She faints and when she wakes up, everybody has left the house but the owner Stan and his weird family. She decides to stay until the next morning, but during the night she finds that the group indeed abducted her to use and tape her in sexual orgy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoid See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film was released the same year Jessica Alba's TV series Dark Angel (2000) premiered on American television. See more »

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Written by Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz
Published by Peter Maurice Music Co. Ltd.
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The next time Jessica comes to England, I hope she has a better reason.
18 December 2002 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Alba fans be warned: This review contains the odd spoiler.

Jessica, Jessica, Jessica... (sigh). Those almond-shaped eyes, pillowy lips, wavy dark hair, strokeable olive skin, utterly perfect body, cute speaking voice, tight flawless behind... Like Cindy Crawford, Rosanna Arquette and Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba is one of those women who occupies a very special place in my affections. If only "Paranoid" was as appealing as she is.

Made by Sky Pictures (and sad proof that Sky is not the HBO of Britain), John Duigan's thrill-less thriller casts the gorgeous and sexy Jessica as an American model doing some work in London, who's plagued by a stalker, on good terms with her ex, and is persuaded to spend some time at a friend's house in the country, only to find that said house is seemingly entirely populated by weirdos (Iain Glen, Ewen Bremner, Jeanne Tripplehorn etc). The only interesting aspect of the movie not related to Miss Alba's charms is that our heroine is perpetually surrounded by weirdos even when she doesn't know it.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

Her flat in London is spied on by a neighbour (Kevin Whately) who, though basically a stalker (he found her address book and thus started to be fascinated by her), is ultimately the one who rescues her from death in the end. Unfortunately they never meet, thereby denying us the closest thing we'll get to a "Dark Angel"/"Inspector Morse" crossover. But the last scene (revealing the identity of the phantom phone caller) indicates the poor girl still has her share of creeps in her life, without even knowing it.

WE NOW RETURN TO OUR REVIEW, STILL IN PROGRESS.

"Paranoid" does occasionally successfully conjure up an edgy, pervy atmosphere, and the cast does try their best, but the low budget and the off-key writing and directing from Duigan (on unfamiliar territory here, literally because he's Australian and figuratively considering his far superior dramas "The Year My Voice Broke," "Flirting" and "Sirens") defuse any impact. Jessica's performance is even more sullen and depressed than her character is supposed to be... and her lack of energy is certainly shared by the viewer. (Why she and Jeanne Tripplehorn were in this movie is beyond me. In fact, why ANYONE was in it is beyond me.) Unexciting and occasionally unpleasant, anti-Murdoch advocates ("See the kind of tosh Rupert puts out?"), Kevin Whately devotees and die-hard Alba fans are the only ones who need apply.

By the way, note the mocked-up "FHM" cover that she appears on at one point. Jessica has never done the famed lad mag in real life, an oversight I demand be corrected forthwith.


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