The Other Hemsworth

The fact that Robert Luketic directed The Ugly Truth, 21, Monster-in-Law and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! should warn you away from Paranoia (Relativity, 8.16). The trailer suggests it’s a formulaic, second-tier programmer. Mediocrity tip-off #1 is Gary Oldman playing Gordon Gekko by way of Al Pacino‘s Devil’s Advocate character. Tip-off #2 is Liam Hemsworth‘s character talking about wanting to take care of his father who worked hard all his life “with nothing to show for it.” Tip-off #3 is Harrison Ford looking like he’s had chemotherapy. (He has one of those heads that needs hair — I know this because I have one of those heads.) A friend believes that Liam is hotter than his older brother Chris. Maybe so, but Liam having costarred in two Hunger Games films plus The Expendables 2 plus Paranoia tells me he’s probably not a long-distance runner.

  • Brian Bouton

    Who the hell says “bridge and tunnel guys” in 2013 Manhattan? Two years here and I’ve never heard it being a bridge and tunnel guy living in Brooklyn.

    • Eloi Wrath

      Yeah, I only ever hear it from morning news people talking about traffic, and they typically refer to Jersey/Westchester people, not Brooklyn.

      • Brian Bouton

        Reminds me for some reason of the tone deaf trailer to “Dark Skies” where the Dad tells his video game playing son get home by saying “That’s what save buttons are for, pal.”

        • Eloi Wrath

          It’s like what Filmdrunk tweeted the other day, “I like when the Newsroom writes 20-something characters who don’t know basic shit about cell phones and the Internet.”

  • Eloi Wrath

    I don’t know about this Liam Hemsworth. Has the distinct aura of a Frank Stallone surrounding him.

  • NephewOfAnarchy

    Maybe so, but Liam having costarred in two Hunger Games films plus The Expendables 2 plus Paranoia tells me he’s not a long-distance runner.

    So appearing in two international blockbuster franchises and then acting alongside Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are bad career moves for a 23 year old actor?

    • http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/ Jeffrey Wells

      These movies he’s been in are money-making sludge.

  • HarryWarden

    Amber Heard is hot. That is all.

  • chien_clean

    He’s the quintessential pretty boy pauser with no personality. He’s never been good in one thing. Questionable producers and agents passing along their favorite boy.

  • Ivan__Drago

    I saw this trailer last week in front of Pacific Rim. It started out interesting, then they preceded to give away every beat of the movie. You know all about Oldman’s character, you know about Ford’s secret, you know Ford figures out the rouse. What is the point of sitting through this thing for 90+ minutes when I know what is going to happen?

    When will they learn?

  • JBM…

    The novel upon which this film is based is a piece of shit (expect reprints in your local CVS and Rite-Aid, shelved between MUSCLE FITNESS and WWE magazines, soon).