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Paranoia Trailer Shows Liam Hemsworth On The Rise

At first glance, Paranoia's new trailer seems to fall into the trap of trying to fit too much of the movie's assets into two minutes and thirty seconds, which leads it to succeed in flashiness and showing off its talented cast, but falls short in breaking down the plot of the movie concisely enough, beyond the general premise involving a promising young guy who's given an opportunity to be rich and successful, until things go wrong and he learns the age-old lesson that everything comes at a price. There's also a girl involved, because there's always a girl - in this case, Amber Heard. And there's Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford, which is really reason enough to hope Paranoia's worth a look.

Yahoo shared the trailer above, and breaks down the plot synopsis in simpler terms to fill in the blanks. Oldman and Ford play two powerful tech billionaires who are also at odds with one another. Hemsworth's character gets caught between these two rivals when one of them hires him to work at the other's company to steal secrets, which is probably how Hemsworth gets "trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage." Knowing that, the trailer made a bit more sense to me the second time through, and there's actually some potential in the premise, if Liam Hemsworth can sell us on the idea that he's a tech genius who just happens to look like he could pass for an Olympic swimmer. And from one scene glimpsed in the trailer, there also appears to be potential for a great screaming match between Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.

Paranoia comes from Robert Luketic, who brought us Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth and 21. In addition to Hemsworth, Ford, Oldman and Heard, the cast also includes Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, and Richard Dreyfuss. The film arrives in theaters August 16.

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