With the studio system seemingly focused on two ends of the filmmaking spectrum – mega-budget blockbusters or mini-budget Paranormal Activity-style films – a movie like Paranoia seems a little like a blast from the past. Take a proven concept like corporate espionage, fill out the main roles with huge actors, and give it to a director with a big hit under his belt (in this case, that’s 21 director Robert Luketic), and this feels more like the kind of “middle of the road” movies that studios used to churn out all the time. Not to say that this is a bad thing; any movie in which Gary Oldman faces off against Harrison Ford has a chance at being pretty good. Take a look at the trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo:
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth honestly seems like he could be interchanged with about a dozen other actors his age (Shia LaBeouf instantly comes to mind, considering he’s already done Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), but Ford and Oldman look like they’re having some good fun here. (And was that Richard Dreyfuss? It was!) The story seems like Duplicity meets Lucky Number Slevin, so let’s hope Paranoia is as good as either of those when it opens in theaters August 16th, 2013.
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