'Paranoia' Trailer Traps Liam Hemsworth Between Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman

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If you've ever wondered what it might look like if someone took the "hungry kid swims with corporate sharks" vibe of The Firm and fused it with the "powerful old dudes use human beings as pawns" overtones of Trading Places, then you might be interested in taking a look at Paranoia.

Arriving in theaters on August 16, Paranoia stars Liam Hemsworth as a young electrical engineer (the synopsis refers to him as a "technologist") seeking to climb up from his blue-collar Brooklyn existence by virtue of his tech savvy. He gets a sweet job offer from a bigtime corporate CEO (Gary Oldman), but with a catch: the job means infiltrating a rival's (Harrison Ford) organization and engaging in corporate espionage.

It's a nifty premise, but the Paranoia trailer overplays its hand; not only is it larded over with the sort of overly expository narration that has sunk many films, but it also manages to tell virtually the entire story in the span of two minutes and 31 seconds. It still looks like a decent way of passing 90 minutes on your couch, but the element of surprise definitely works in favor of a movie like this, and director Robert Luketic (or whoever else is responsible for this trailer) just took away half of anyone's reason for buying a ticket.

On the other hand, the prospect of watching Ford and Oldman lock horns is undeniably tantalizing -- even if Ford's craggy features and tightly shorn buzz cut will leave children of the '80s feeling as though they're watching Han Solo turn into Ed Asner before their very eyes. Check it out here:

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