"Paranoia" opens with a monologue by the main character about how he is tired of working his entry level job at an entry level salary. To change his situation, he gets a meeting with the CEO of his firm so he can promote the product he has developed with his colleagues. So what does he wear to his big opportunity? Jeans, and he can't bother to tuck in the shirt he has on under his sweater. At least his team members managed to dress for the occasion(it's unfortunate that one of those people don't end up being the main character).
Throw in the fact that Adam(Liam Hemsworth) has a lousy attitude and the viewer is turned off by the hero only ten minutes in. It would be a bigger tragedy if the film itself wasn't just a lazy chain of thriller cliches. Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford aren't around enough to be counted as one of the film's strengths, and when they do show up they speak as if they are deliberately trying to offer up sound bites for the movie trailer. The rivalry between the two tech CEOS could have made for a much better movie.
"Paranoia" doesn't really feature a traditional hero. Or is the viewer supposed to feel bad for the pretty boy that dug himself into a hole only to be blackmailed into spying for another company? Well, in the case of this movie, blackmailed means a half million in salary and a fancy apartment. And Adam's only ambition seems to be about money. As he states himself, he just wanted his share.
"Paranoia" has to be a better read than this adaptation lets on. Director Robert Luketic("Killers") tries to build suspense, but it's all for naught when the viewer is more focused on the illogical missteps of the story. And Hemsworth is too much of a pretty boy to play the everyman that the audience needs to relate to. Of course, the movie wraps up nicely, in a manner probably very similar to how the book does. It's too bad there wasn't a better ending, like Adam getting stabbed by a bum in the alleyway for the c-note he had in his pocket. The audience probably would have cheered. It's not a good thing when the screenplay leaves the viewer feeling like the main character got off easy. Heck, the filmmakers don't have to follow the source material to the letter. Just ask the hollowed-out shell of "Alex Cross" about that.