Paranoia trailer delivers big cast
I was surprised as I watched Paranoia and saw the big names appear on screen, and with the story delivering a big industrial espionage thriller with plenty of perilous situations and twists and turns Paranoia looks like a great film.
The problem is that after you've watched the trailer you've discovered three major twists and I can't see there being a lot more left to experience.
The film stars Liam Hemsworth as a man who is plucked from his everyday working life by a titan of business and taught to be someone completely different, someone who looks and behaves like an up and coming high-end businessman. The deal is that if he spies on the rival and ex-mentor of the man who has given him everything and steals his latest secret he'll be handsomely rewarded.
So he does, and that's when the double crossing begins and where I stop telling the plot because I'm not going to be the one who ruins it for you, I'll leave that to the trailer.
It bothers me that film-makers and executives can sit back and watch something like this go out the door - doesn't anyone think that this is revealing too much? Sure the trailer looks exciting but you could do that without telling the entire story.
For me, now, I don't think I'll pay to go and see this film. If there happens to be a press screening on then I might attend but as an audience member why would I bother after seeing the story? What's the film going to offer over this? Perhaps a final fifteen minute twist which is now more than obvious but that's about all.
The attractive aspects are not Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard, although superficially they are, no it's actually Harrison Ford playing the ex-mentor, Gary Oldman the new business titan and Richard Dreyfuss the father. With Oldman and Ford carrying exchanges like this:
“You stood on my shoulders!” “…and now I'm standing on your neck.”
There's some fire worth seeing, but what is there left of the film now? It also begs the question of how good Paranoia really is if they had to cram so many reveals in the trailer.
The film is adapted from a novel by Joseph Finder by Barry Levy and Jason Dean Hall and is directed by Robert Luketic. It's arriving in the US 16th of August and some random countries through September and October but no UK release as yet.