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Paranoia (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 16 August 2013 (USA)
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An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Director:

Robert Luketic

Writers:

Jason Hall (screenplay), Barry L. Levy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Hemsworth ... Adam Cassidy
Gary Oldman ... Nicolas Wyatt
Amber Heard ... Emma Jennings
Harrison Ford ... Jock Goddard
Lucas Till ... Kevin
Embeth Davidtz ... Dr. Judith Bolton
Julian McMahon ... Miles Meechum
Josh Holloway ... Agent Gamble
Richard Dreyfuss ... Frank Cassidy
Angela Sarafyan ... Allison
Will Peltz ... Morgan (as William Peltz)
Haley Finnegan ... Chelsea
Kevin Kilner ... Tom Lungren
Christine Marzano ... Nora Summers
Charlie Hofheimer ... Richard McAllister
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Storyline

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar (Liam Hemsworth), 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. Written by Relativity Media

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Taglines:

In a war between kings even a pawn can change the game

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | India | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoja See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,528,376, 18 August 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,376,027, 29 September 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Spacey turned down the role of Nicholas Wyatt. See more »

Goofs

There are several assumptions about smartphones that are not based in reality: while developing they find that they can Geo-track other phone just by sending an email - and as a side effect they now can listen to phone calls on these phones. Another time Liam Hemsworth finds a tracking chip inside his smartphone - which is unnecessary since phones have GPS functionality. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam Cassidy: I'm not going to make excuses, I asked for this. All of it. And I did it to become someone else. And I wanted more.
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Connections

Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.121 (2013) See more »

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Demon Dance
Performed by Surfer Blood
Composed by John Paul Pitts, Tyler Jerry Schwarz,
Thomas John Fekete and Kevin Williams
By kind permission of WB Music Corp (ASCAP) o/b/o itself, Reconquista,
Gremlin of Society Music and Weird Wives and Hologram Scene
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A shame it's not better
11 January 2014 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Cassidy and his friends work for Wyatt mobile and are pitching a new idea to the boss. He doesn't care for it and Cassidy gets arrogant. They're fired but for some reason he still has an active expense account credit card and they party that night. He also meets the pretty Emma.

The next day, Wyatt wants to meet with Cassidy. He will get him a job with his childhood competitor Goddard so that he can steal Goddard's next big idea. He's got a behavioral specialist on board and sets Cassidy up with the good life and trains him. Cassidy gets the job and Goddard is impressed with his idea. And as it turns out Emma also works for Goddard. Everything is going fine until Wyatt's people become more pushy and want him to steal the future device from Goddard's corporate vault. Of course he's caught and with that Goddard wants to buy Wyatt's company or put him in jail, but Cassidy has some plans of his own.

Paranoia has a lot going for a it- a decent budget, impressive cast, an OK story, good visuals. It even starts with some important discussion about how America has completely ceased being the country of opportunity it once was. The direction is poor and the script could have used some work. The movie's title is wrong or if they intended to highlight the moment of Cassidy's paranoia they failed. As a whole, emotionally, this movie is pretty flat. There should be a far greater sense of dread and danger. Perhaps it's because they went with a PG-13 rating. As an R-rated movie this could have been better. I get the sense that they aimed for a mature teen audience looking for a serious movie. And perhaps it would work for that crowd- not sure. Paranoia had a lot of potential. I wanted to like this movie as the cast does a good job, except for Oldman's and Davidtz's obnoxious British accent. But the director did his best and succeeded at frustrating the audience and not giving us as good a movie as it should have been.


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