In a war between kings even a pawn can change the game, Paranoia is a dramatically intense thriller that lifts the cover off today’s modern technology world and shows us how being more isolated can make the world feel more connected.
Take a dive into the world of corporate espionage deep behind the scenes of corporate success into a deadly world of greed and deception. As two lifelong rivals played by Gary Oldman and played by Harrison Ford go head to head leading behind them an army of pawns working for two of the most powerful tech billionaires in the world. Both CEO’s have a extremely complicated past with each other and they will stop at nothing to destroy each other even if it means sacrificing some pawns, building an army, deceiving each other, spying and of course even to the depths of corporate espionage. A young wannabe tech billionaire played by Liam Hemsworth, is seduced and manipulated by both powers and is deceived by the endless wealth and power falls in the crack between two kings. He becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes that everyone he has ever met or cared about is in serious danger, he is far far too deep and knows way too much for either of them to let him walk away alive.
Directed by the comedy veteran Robert Luketic known best for directing 21, The Ugly Truth and Legally Blonde. Luketic has turned Paranoia into a masterpiece of modern technology culture although a stray from the genre of most of his previous comedy projects his cinematic style is quickly recognisable and begs a similar resemblance to his recent pawn vs king based project 21.
Paranoia was filmed mainly in Pennsylvania, USA during the end of the previous year and has been sitting on the shelf for awhile waiting as the studios decided the right time to release it into the box office and Paranoia has certainly had a spectacular welcome from US audience looking at the box office the thriller snatched up $3,528,376 on its opening weekend with $6,250,293 total gross as of August 25th.
The fans expectations were drastically high for this new thriller mainly due to the casting including Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth who all give a terrific performance. The film also resembles previous thrillers including Duplicity although the two films do stand worlds apart relating to the story of the films although the baseline still remains to be similar.
Paranoia is adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel by Joseph Finder whose story has been brought to life though the world of film making it even more thrilling and dramatic although the storyline of the novel has been kept close to the screenplay written by Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy the film does get slightly lead astray by the world of Hollywood filmmaking.
This is a definite must watch for any and all Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford admires as they go head to head in competing roles they rival some of the best previous performances.
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