Scott Marks 4:30 p.m., Dec. 5
A little cheese on the corporate ladder (Liam Hemsworth), desperate to raise money to pay for his dad’s life-saving operation, accepts the boss’s offer to spy on the competition in this moldy melodrama given a techno facelift. What good is a thriller if the audience is always two-steps ahead of the filmmakers? Slow to start and even longer to finish, director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde and the putrescent 21) telegraphs every snail’s-paced tingle. I’ll pretty much look at anything with Gary Oldman or Amber Heard (for different reasons), but the real surprise here is the generally comatose Harrison Ford, who, for the first time in his career, successfully lends comic support. On the other end of the acting spectrum stands fair-haired Hemsworth, whose wide-eyed gasconading makes him better suited for a Blonde reboot. With Embeth Davidtz and Richard Dreyfuss picking up a paycheck. 2013.
— Scott Marks