Paranoia

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Fundamentally moral but dramatically stale thriller about a professionally thwarted computer whiz kid (Liam Hemsworth) whose envy-driven ambition gets him caught up in the cutthroat rivalry between two former partners (Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford) who now head competing tech corporations. Sent by one to steal the game-changing product the other is about to launch, he falls for an executive (Amber Heard) of the company he's infiltrating while ignoring the sensible guidance of his working-class father (Richard Dreyfuss). Though the twisting path of the plot feels well-rutted, the main character's journey to redemption in director Robert Luketic's screen version of Joseph Finder's novel sees him ultimately rejecting ethical nihilism in favor of old-fashioned standards of right and wrong.

Watch out for: Some action violence, semi-graphic premarital sexual activity, an off-screen casual encounter, numerous sexual jokes and references, a couple of uses of profanity, at least one rough term, and occasional crude and crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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