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Paranoia (4/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 127 minutes.

OK for children.

Joseph Finder is one of the best writers of thrillers extant. This film is based on one of his books. I havenít read it, but Iím sure it must make more sense than this movie, directed by Robert Luketic from a script by two guys apparently working separately, Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy. They really needed someone to brush up their verisimilitude because this thing makes little or no sense.

Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are dueling captains of industry. Oldman hires Liam Hemsworth to spy on Harrison. In so doing he gets romantically involved with Amber Heard, Fordís assistant, a romance with about as much chemistry as one will find between two avocado trees.

Luketic directed two movies I liked a lot, Legally Blonde (2001) and The Ugly Truth (2009). But those were both comedies which almost by definition donít have to make much sense. In this one, I was mystified by the denouement, which has no relationship with what has gone before. The film doesnít establish any basis for how this ends. Itís OK as it moves along, although it really does stretch oneís credulity. But when it comes to the climax, it completely falls apart.

The best thing about this film is the music (Junkie XL), that builds tension and, believe me, this movie needs it because the story is so weak.