Valdosta Daily Times


August 23, 2013

‘The Butler’ may reflect too many things


VALDOSTA — “Paranoia” (Drama/Thriller: 1 hour, 46 minutes)

Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford

Director: Robert Luketic

Rated: PG-13 (Some sexuality, violence and language)

Movie Review: This film has an attractively youthful leading actor. It also has two seasoned veterans of the big screen, Oldman and Ford, who are talented actors. The problem is that their characters do not appear real. Directed by Luketic (“Legally Blonde,” 2001), “Paranoia” is a messy and unoriginal screenplay.

Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is an entry-level worker needing to take care of his ailing father (Richard Dreyfuss). Nicholas Wyatt (Oldman) blackmails Cassidy. Wyatt has Cassidy spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford). Wyatt was once Goodard’s protégé. Cassidy thinks his life is grand. He is making a healthy salary and has a luxurious life. Unaware he is merely a pawn in a war between two techno-savvy magnates, Cassidy finds himself in a terrible place.

Audiences will find themselves in a more terrible place, in a terrible movie.   Unoriginal with flat characters is the manner to describe this dramatic thriller. The characters do not inspire one to care for them or their cause. They are greedy, deceitful people, and the actors play them in a lifeless manner, as if the energy has drained from this script.

None of scenes are compelling. Each appears fabricated and weak. Scenes are scattered-brained material, where the characterizations are under par and plain uninteresting. Corporate executives, played by Oldman and Ford, act like syndicate leaders. While the corporate world is competitive, these men act like rough thugs at points.

When the plot reaches its apex, it disappoints because no joy exists with seeing justice or revenge settled. This is because this film does not inspire one to care about these people. These matters make the film unbelievable and an easy pass.                

Grade: D- (Beware, this screenplay causes paranoia.)


“Kick-Ass 2” (Action/Comedy: 1 hour, 43 minutes)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jim Carrey

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Rated: R (Violence, profanity and sexual innuendo)

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