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Back to Hemsworth and Adam. Theoretically the movie is about some serious double-crossing, with Adam forced by Wyatt to go undercover so he can steal a major new gizmo from Goddard. Screenwriters Jason Hall and Barry Levy adapted Joseph Finder's bestselling corporate espionage thriller, which gives the film its name, but by the time "Paranoia" makes it to the screen, the thrill is gone.
There are enough beauty shots of Hemsworth to fill every fashion pages in
The quote-unquote paranoia is supposed to come from Wyatt's evil intentions and the technology that is tracking every move Adam makes. Wyatt sets him up in a modernist dream apartment, the better to plant the young man inside Goddard's organization. As it happens, Adam is kind of like a young Goddard — both are bootstrap types, real scrappers, which Goddard will take time to overstate in one of their heart to hearts. Both men suffered painful losses — Goddard lost a son and Adam lost his mother. Much of the male bonding occurs in Goddard's richly appointed library, all dark woods and weathered leather.
I'm not going to get into the acting, because there's not much of it, frankly. No one is embarrassingly bad; no one is exceptionally good. Better to remember the actors for better thrillers, Ford in "Witness," Oldham in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Hemsworth in
There are few surprises despite lots of twists and turns as Adam tries to figure a way to escape with his life. If you were hoping for interesting insight into all the ways technology is redefining our world, again I'd point to you other, better stuff, like
Instead the director gives us more beauty shots. The super-secret projects Goddard is working on, including that gizmo Adam is supposed to steal, are kept behind a steel gate that is another designer's dream — in brushed-steel boxes on what looks to be velvet-covered podiums with their very own spotlights.
Oh, I almost forgot — it's easy to get distracted by all the pretty — there is one role worth remembering. The reason Adam is willing to break laws and risk his life is his dad, Richard Dreyfuss. Not his real dad, his movie dad, a crusty old-timer. Some of their moments are really sweet, and there is not one drip of sarcasm in that particular observation.