PARANOIA: THE REVIEW and BLU RAY GIVEAWAY

Nothing like a good old review rehash – but PARANOIA is out now on DVD and BLU RAY and the wonderful people at ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT have kindly given us 3X copies on Blu Ray to giveaway to you fine folks. See after the review for deets on how to enter.

Oh sad sad, was so keen to see Indiana Jones battle Sirius Black while Gale Hawthorne (the hottie from Hunger Games and also the younger, very sexy Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus’ fiance) learnt a trick or two. Nay Nay says Salty Kernel, Andrew Brusentsev. This one falls remarkably short in his skilled opinion. Paranoia is not releasing in Australia until September 5th and will more than likely be rated M – no running time as yet. Enjoy Andrew’s review and let us know what you thought of it.

 

 

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Paranoia is a film by Robert Luketic, who from a quick look at his credits has achieved a lot of success with big feel good movies such as “Legally Blonde” and “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton”, and who’s last effort was the “Killers” which came out to let’s say very lukewarm reviews

Lukewarm may be a good way to describe this movie. Let’s all just say we have seen this kind of thing all before. Anyways – Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a young brilliant, but lowly, cubicle worker working at mobile technology corporation. This company, the name doesn’t really matter, is helmed by Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), a ruthless but brilliant business man, who holds an iron grip on his ideas and his employees. He has been there and done it all before. Adam is about to present his big idea to the Nicholas and the Board, you know, his big break. Unfortunately he is given short shrift and his idea is sent packing, not to mention his job (yes Nick fired them all). His team is dejected, especially his two good friends Aaron (Lucas Till) and Nora (Christine Marzano). Throwing caution to the wind and realising he still has his corporate expense account he decides to take everyone out for a big night out. Going to a club to celebrate he soon runs into Emma (Amber Heard) and they go home together…you know the one night thing, but we know where this will go don’t we readers?

 

 

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The next morning he receives a call from Nick Wyatt to meet him for an interview. Here the hard word is put on him. Nick knows that he has spent $16,000 on a big night out (some night, wish I was there), either he does some work for him or face the full force of the law. Cassidy compromises his beliefs and agrees to infiltrate Eikon to steal trade secrets. Eikon is run by Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old boss and mentor.

Seriously that is as much of the plot as you need to know. Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy (writers of the screenplay) must of sat around for about five minutes over a beer and said to each other “Let’s go with Hollywood premise #3456”. You all have seen this fare before. Luketic then takes this script and fails to convey any sort of excitement, urgency or sense of fun.

 

 

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Look to be fair to the movie Ford, Oldman and Hemsworth do their best and they are pretty credible in their roles but why they would have agreed to do this is beyond me. Even the tantalising prospect of Dracula vs Han Solo was not enough for this film geek. The screenplay is basically The Recruit without the CIA (and not done half as well). When we get to the action it really is paint by numbers territory and you know where this will go.

The other actors in this movie are very forgettable. Richard Dreyfuss is here as Cassidy’s dad and even he can’t lift his lines beyond the mundane. Julian McMahon and Embeth Davidtz phone in their parts as Nick Wyatt’s shady henchmen.  Lucas Till is passable but entirely forgettable as Adam’s sidekick / best friend.

Amber Heard though is the most wasted character in this piece. Emma works for Jock (see I told you it wasn’t a one night stand). She is relegated to being sexy, all too forgiving and entirely forgettable.  The girl can act, even in flops such as Drive Angry (I kind of liked it much like a person watching Nicholas Cage drive his career off a cliff) and Rum Diary.

 

 

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Quite literally the best thing about this movie is the soundtrack which I reckon is an absolute cracker done by Dutch, techno genius, Tom Holkenboirg (Junkie XL).

To be fair if this was on TV on a rainy day you would watch it. Think it was “passable” and then quite as quickly forget about it

Really struggling to give this more than 2 but the soundtrack lifts it a little.

 

2 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 3 x copies of the BLU RAY of PARANOIA you need to Tweet us @saltypopcornau with the hashtag #BIGBUSINESSWIN the answer to the following question:

What is your favourite big business film of all time and why? (remember 140 characters only :) ) 

If you do not have Twitter then you can put it on our Facebook wall – the links are on the Salty home page so you can get there. Or if you still have my email address then go for it.

The prizes will be sent in the next week. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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