'Paranoia:' a romantic comedy without the romance or the comedy
If you go in to Paranoia thinking of it as a romantic comedy without any romance or comedy, you will not be disappointed. If you think of it as a psychological thriller or a social commentary, you will be very disappointed. Your best bet is to not think of it at all. There is probably something on television or in your life that you can find to be equally boring that will cost you less than a movie.
In order for a psychological thriller to be thrilling, it has to be slightly smarter than its audience. Paranoia is not that. It is a predictable show of force by two well respected actors who go head to head and wind up being outsmarted by that guy from the Hunger Games – no, not the baker guy, the other who dated or is dating Miley Cyrus and whose more famous brother is Thor.
The problem is that the guy doing the outsmarting is a patsy the entire film with nary a montage to explain his sudden ability to be smarter than Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.
But hey, if you are into long, drawn out plot lines and films whose titles do not actually seem to have anything to do with the plot, Paranoia might be the right film for you.
The lone bright spots were Richard Dreyfuss’ performance, and the addressing of modern day problems. Everyone wants to feel connected while becoming more isolated.
I am hoping that Romney, on his scale of five, gives this movie a “meh.” As for me, I am not sure I would have finished this movie had it been on Netflix.
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Watch Romney's Review of Paranoia where he nails everything about the film except his final rating.