Studio-Provided Plot Synopsis: In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam’s ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old mentor. Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams. However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt’s corporate game and realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage.
My Thoughts: Of the weekend’s four major releases, this is the one most likely to bomb, and deservedly so. It’s not the worst film I’ve seen this year, by a long shot, but it’s about as bland a film as I’ve seen in 2013. It’s a shame, because there are elements of the film that actually suggest a way this could work. Liam Hemsworth is very, very pretty, but he’s a weak lead. The decisions that Adam makes throughout the film just scream idiocy. He’s thoroughly trounced by his veteran co-stars, which also includes Richard Dreyfuss as Adam’s father. The best scenes of the film, to me at least, are the two shared by Oldman and Ford, who previously worked together in Air Force One. One big complaint that stuck with me throughout the film: the two corporations involved in this story develop new phones and operating systems, but half of the phones in this film (along with all of the computers) are Apple products, very clearly using iOS software. The other phones, meanwhile, seemed extraordinarily fake.