wants to blow your mind. Problem is, Robert Luketic’s film attempts to do so via such revelatory notions as “privacy is dead,” “rich people ruin everything for the rest of us,” and “young people spend a lot of time on the Internet.” Full of chase sequences, super-cool phones and female characters with nothing to do but be lusted over, the premise suggests 2011’s Limitless
aimed at an even younger demographic: Liam Hemsworth plays a 20-something everyman (which is to say, Hollywood’s idea of an everyman) who represents the 99 percent, and he’s plunged into the good life before quickly getting in over his head with corporate sharks and attempting to swim his way out. Like a lot of similar movies (see also anything starring Shia LaBeouf), Paranoia
requires its on-the-rise leading man to do more than he can while simultaneously cornering several elder statesmen (Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss, in this case) into one-note supporting roles. What comes of this ill-advised combination is less actively bad than utterly, painfully familiar, the kind of movie that stakes its claims entirely on opening-weekend box-office receipts because those involved know nobody will remember it come Monday.