There's something thematically appropriate about a movie telling the story of a butler who quietly influenced the United States taking the number one spot at the box office over its flashy, bigger rivals. Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' took multiplexes by storm this weekend, taking down last week's competition as well as a handful of seemingly strong newcomers.
While explaining his business model to the soon-to-be corporate spy Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth), tech magnate Nicolas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) relays a timeless adage: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." That puts 'Paranoia' director Robert Luketic somewhere between the two superlatives, constructing his smart phone-enabled thriller out of every existing blueprint in history while winding up with an entertaining, functional finished product. The twists are inevitable, the turns come from a mile away, but a surprisingly charming and humble Hemsworth (no brooding 'Hunger Games' machismo here) becomes a reliable interface for the old mechanics. It makes sense to pair him with the aging Harrison Ford — if Hemsworth was around in the '70s, the two would be competing for all the same roles.
A regular guy is trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam’s ruthless CEO forces him to spy on a corporate rival.
Fans of the hit show 'Lost' get in groups and fly to deserted islands to gather around campfires on a weekly basis so they can nitpick over their favorite show that ended a couple of years ago. One topic they'll be discussing this weekend on whatever lonely island they've chosen is actor Josh Holloway's new role in an upcoming thriller.
You would think being the third lead in a hit film wouldn't mean all that much, all things. Much of what Liam Hemsworth does in 'The Hunger Games' is stare at Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, but it seems that appearing in a film that's already grossed $300 Million domestic (after three weeks) makes you something of a star. So now Hemsworth is going to be the lead in 'Paranoia.'