407. Paranoia

Background info

407-paranoiaTitle: Paranoia
Director: Robert Luketic
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 46m

“The world’s two most powerful tech billionaires and bitter adversaries (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) will stop at nothing to outwit and destroy each other’s business empires. But when a young rising star (Liam Hemsworth) falls between them, he becomes trapped in the middle of the rivals’ life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realises his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows too much for them to let him just walk away.”

Live blog

2:23 – “The lights always look brighter across the river.”
7:15 – Long live the NHS!
10:55 – Hehe, rogue mention.
17:02 – Did they ever get round to closing the tab?
19:59 – Poor pretty mini-Thor has backed himself into a corner here.
23:04 – I hope they don’t make him over. He looks alright as is. And he looks like a smartphone developer kinda guy.
26:05 – “There’s nothing original left in the world, we’re all stealing from someone.”
28:18 – Amber Heard has a weird two-tone hair thing going on.
39:30 – 72 hours to come up with an idea to keep your job is pressure itself.
42:08 – “It was on Facebook or something.”
51:09 – Mr C bets he didn’t eject the USB properly.
52:43 – Some people have roles they can’t escape from. Sawyer is one of those.
1:01:45 – “We’ll know them better than they know themselves.” That’s Google talking, right there.
1:06:20 – He’s wrecking the whole house! Wouldn’t it be easier to just leave?
1:09:47 – Ooh, they tidied the house back up. a) spooky and b) best cleaner ever.
1:17:52 – I like that the whole floors go red when security are alert.
1:24:10 – His car sounds amazing. I love that films have electric cars of the future in them now.
1:27:13 – You’d think she would be running the latest iOS upgrade.
1:28:39 – “Put the batteries on the table.” Can’t do that with an iPhone.
1:39:07 – Bless him and his startup. The next Zuckerberg, no doubt.

Conclusions

I hadn’t heard of this one at all, but Mr C was keen to watch Ms Heard in action and I wanted to see Hemsworth Jr, because I couldn’t remember him from The Hunger Games.

It’s a good job I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this one as an action thriller, because in all honesty, about 90% of it went over my head. When they weren’t speaking technobabble, they were talking corporate espionage, and I couldn’t really keep up.

I didn’t think the relationships were all that believable, and the only one who seemed at all genuine, the friend with the long hair, wasn’t in it anywhere near enough. It was fun that Sawyer was in it, but I’m afraid for him, he’ll always be Sawyer no matter what he does.

It kept my attention, and it was entertaining enough, but only because I was having it explained to me along the way. I didn’t think it was particularly special.

Rating: 2/5

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