"Suspenseful Morality Tale"
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PARANOIA is an entertaining thriller about corporate intrigue. The two leads are appealing. What gives the movie its spark is watching Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman as the corporate honchos butt heads and interact with the other actors. Ultimately, the hero decides to do the right thing. The movie also endorses the capitalist ideal of taking your talents and starting a new company. PARANOIA has some foul language and a bedroom scene, however, so extreme caution is advised.
(BB, Pa, So, CapCap, PC, RH, LL, V, S, N, AA, M) Strong moral worldview in a morality tale about doing the right thing, with some immoral pagan behavior and a government agent is intent on bringing to justice two rival corporate heads engaged in fraud and other illegal activities so there may be some socialist implications there, but the ending affirms the capitalist ideal of using your talents to start your own business from the ground up, plus an opening line has a politically correct statement that accepts the revisionist history canard that it was greed on Wall Street that instigated the 2008 housing bubble and fiscal crisis when it really was government regulation of the housing and financial industries that was the problem; 18 obscenities (including one “f” word) and two strong profanities; light violence includes man on foot running from car, car swipes pedestrian, implied murder and threats of violence; passionate kissing in bedroom scene and implied fornication, plus a comment about getting “lucky”; upper male nudity in several scenes; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, man accused of embezzling, extortion, fraud, corporate spying.
PARANOIA won’t win any awards or great acclaim. However, it’s a nifty little suspense thriller that has definite charms. It’s also a morality tale about doing the right thing, but there is some foul language and a bedroom scene.
A young tech whiz named Adam Cassidy has been struggling to get ahead for several years. He’s also struggling to take care of his ailing working-class father. When his tech team is turned down for an important project, he lets the team blow off steam on the company dime.
Nicolas Wyatt, the brilliant but ruthless head of the company played by Gary Oldman, forces Adam to spy on his long-time rival, Jock Goddard, played by Harrison Ford. If Adam refuses (credit david at dresshead.com), Wyatt will charge Adam with embezzling. So, Adam agrees to an elaborate corporate espionage scheme. However, Adam begins to like Goddard and especially the pretty young female executive helping run the company.
The stakes are raised when Adam and his friends are being spied on also. Even the FBI gets into the act.
PARANOIA is an entertaining thriller about corporate intrigue. Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard are appealing as the hero and his romantic interest. What gives the movie its spark, however, is watching Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman butt heads and interact with the other actors.
Ultimately, the hero decides to do the right thing, and he agrees to suffer some consequences for agreeing to do the corporate spying. Finally, despite brief political correctness, the movie endorses the capitalist ideal of taking your talents and starting a company. PARANOIA has some foul language and a bedroom scene, however, so extreme caution is still advised.