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  • Actors: Jeremy Sisto, Lance Henriksen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006JMLBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Paranoid computer programmer Simon (JEREMY SISTO) wakes up one morning to find a plain brown package in his apartment. He unwraps it, but there is nothing inside. Despite attempts to secure his apartment, the mysterious packages keep appearing. While security cameras watch his every move, Simon’s hallucinations are pushing him to the boundaries of sanity. Frantically, Simon searches for answers to the mysterious forces taking over his life. Little does he know that the problem is a lot closer to home than he thinks.

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I'm leaning toward "brilliant", but I'm not quite there.
Robert Beveridge
The atmosphere in the film is amazing, the acting and environments are great, and the few special effects are cool as well.
Vampyre Mike
If you want a real, original, well-written movie, HERE YA GO!
Stephanie Stebbins

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on November 28, 2006
Format: DVD
While the theme of this movie is admittedly somewhat formulaic--corporate greed--the execution is definitely original and deserves real notice. Most impressive of all is the powerful atmosphere, which goes a long way towards giving the viewer the creeps. The filmmakers have essentially drowned their visuals in sepia--not a bad thing at all, and strongly reminiscent of, for example, City of Lost Children by Jeunet-Caro.

There's a really effective Lynch-Kafka thing going on here as our main character, Simon J (Jeremy Sisto) gets involved with his neighbors, his landlord, his friend the messenger, and his super, all of whom, he thinks, could be involved in the delivery inside his apartment of a succession of packages which, when unwrapped, are found to be empty.

Neighbors include the overly kinky Bruce Payne, the wacked inventor Udo Keir (he's great), and sexy nurse Deborah Kara Unger. The super, Lance Henriksen, is another creepy turn for this excellent character actor whose rendition of "Hallelujah I'm a Bum" makes you shudder just a bit. Keir's invention is Adam, a talking robot head that takes the place of its inventor's son (he never married and had children), and that mouths off to him and sometimes spews out decidedly paranoid visions to Simon when the latter comes to visit.

The messenger zooms back and forth on his zippy motorbike and tries to reassure Simon about everything. Simon periodically goes to the supermarket to buy groceries, all made by the Farm company, and all of which cost an arm and a leg.

The filmmakers, clever indeed, use a simplified, pared-down approach in creating their twilit, sepia-washed surreal world. When Simon leaves his building to go food shopping, nobody's on the street.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim on January 31, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is extremely suspenseful and extremely weird. It has a lot of imagery and subtle hints that require you to read between the lines to figure out what's happening to Simon (main character). I was on the edge of my seat for the better part of the movie. The ending is one of those where you have to draw some of your own conclusions and kind of leaves you hanging. A great sci-fi thriller with plenty of weirdness to keep you guessing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Frasch on June 11, 2005
Format: DVD
Science fiction has never really caught my attention as much as the thrilling and intense "Paranoia 1.0" starring indie hero Jeremy Sisto ("May", "Thirteen") and Deborah Kara Unger ("Thirteen"). To tell you the honest truth, it is hard to know exactly what is going on throughout the movie, but somehow it keeps you hanging, wanting to see what will happen next. Not only is this due to the wonderful, clever script, but it is due to the great acting and the beautiful way in which the film itself was shot. It is such a weird, neurotic (if not hypnotic) film, one must keep his/her attention at full force. To put in a nutshell, "Paranoia 1.0" is a wonderful sci-fi/psychological thriller that will give your heart a run for its blood money and your mind, a twist for the better. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Scheurich on January 13, 2010
Format: DVD
I am watching this for the third time trying to understand it and see bits and pieces of other similar movies.
Sexual arousal through fear, schizophrenic hallucinations and mass hallucinations. The character development was well done. Every character in the cast is paranoid and feed each other and reinforce each other's fears. From a drug dealer who also deals in stolen computer accessories to an alcoholic old man in the basement who sees it all as a conspiracy to implant impurities into the blood stream.
Simon, the main character, believes its all a government conspiracy using the tenants of his apartment building to run mind control experiments. After a while he loses it al together not knowing which of the other paranoid tenants to believe with each on their own paranoid trip.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Israfel on February 4, 2005
Format: DVD
"Paranoia will destroy ya..." or so said the Kinks years ago. The paranoia in this film...well, you'll have to watch the film yourself to see what happens. Step into a grim, surrealistic world (think Dada does Kafka) where strange, unexplained things are going on. A mysteriously empty box that keeps appearing on the doorstep of Simon (played by Jeremy Sisto), people dying under odd circumstances. Simon's world is dreary, dark, depressing and confusing. It is peopled by others who are as confused and zombie-like as he has become-Trish, the cancer ward nurse (played by Deborah Unger), who uses kinky sex to make herself feel alive after being around so much death, the inventor (played by Udo Keir) of a weird robot head, the peculiar custodian played by Lance Hendricksen. Their souls are being sucked dry by a culture that demands that they perform, conform, consume. The only character with energy in this soulless atmosphere is the Neighbor, a sleazy director of S&M porn games, played by Bruce Payne with his customary intensity and nuance.(Why is he left out of the DVD credits?! His is the most memorable character).

Though unrelentingly grim, it is worth seeing more than once. This Kafkaesque film is textured, with many levels of meaning woven into the surrealistic package. There are many messages to be extracted---the dangers of amoral corporations out to control and out of control, the deadening effects of a conformist society, questioning of the extreme measures people will go to to feel alive in a dreary world (TV "Reality" shows, anyone?). By the end of the film, the mystery of the box is revealed. It is a trick that is, as Max Headroom once said, only "20 minutes into the future," a science fiction about to turn into science fact. Is this all a metaphor for what is going on now in our culture? See for yourself. This film, unlike the majority of sorry excuses for entertainment out there, will make you think.
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