Critics Have Chosen The Worst Harrison Ford Movie

By Britta DeVore | 2 months ago

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The reviews are in and after almost a decade, Harrison Ford’s Paranoia comes in as the actor’s critically lowest-rated film. That’s right, the man who starred as Han Solo and Indiana Jones has actually stood at the forefront of several absolutely terrible projects as well. Receiving a devastating 7% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, the A-list thriller didn’t quite manage to pack the punch it was hoping for. 

Proving that star power and celebrity can’t save a bad script, the techy spy movie centers around Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth). Adam is finally beginning to climb the ranks at a revered global tech company when his tough-as-nails, no-nonsense boss, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) gives him the ax. Upset over what is an unfair firing, Adam heads out to blow off some steam with his friends and charges his troubles to the company’s credit card. A costly mistake, but totally fixable, Adam is pulled into a bizarre corporate spy scheme. It’s just absolutely mindblowing as to how or why this would ever be the answer, but we digress. The assignment is to gain intel on Wyatt’s former business partner, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), because he’s blowing Wyatt’s company out of the water, which could be because he’s got his people actually working, but where’s the fun in that?

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Adam oddly dives into this new task and sees himself as a sneaky spy, but all of that comes crashing down when he realizes that both businessmen are absolutely unhinged and don’t care who gets hurt in their attempt to undermine the other. 

Along with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman, the film stars a cast consisting of Amber Heard, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, Richard Dreyfuss, Angela Sarafyan, Nickson Ruto, William Peltz, Kevin Kilner, Christine Marzano, and Charlie Hofheimer. Between Ford and Oldman’s appearances in the film, it should have been a winner for Hemsworth as well who appeared in it between the first and second installations of The Hunger Games franchise. However, the film was more of a predictable snooze than an edge of your seat thriller. 

While critics shunned Paranoia, it was the action star’s appearance in the 1978 Star Wars: Holiday Special which fans deemed his worst movie. While the film holds a critics’ score of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, viewers weren’t as forgiving, giving it the low score of 19%. An incredibly hard film to track down as it’s been all but erased from Star Wars canon, the CBS movie follows Han Solo (Harrison Ford) as he travels with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) to the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate “Life Day” alongside Chewbacca’s family. While enroute, the duo are tracked by Galactic Empire operatives who are on a mission to seek out Rebel Alliance members. Although the film starred all of the classic characters including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), it just couldn’t catch traction with fans who immediately booed it. 

With a career carrying on since the mid-1960s, it makes sense as to why and how Harrison Ford has picked a few bad apples along the way. While neither Paranoia nor Star Wars: Holiday Special may be his best work, we can still appreciate them for what they brought to the table. That silver lining lies in their ability to bring us all the laughs at our next bad movie night.