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Ewan McGregor as Jasper Black
Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister
Michelle Williams as Anne Weying
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by 3xHCCH 5 / 10 / 10

"Derailed" All Over Again

I went into the theater because of the interesting star combination of Hiugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor. I did not have an idea what the story would be about. However, the simple (and unimaginative) title was a give-away of the plot. Within the first ten minutes, you already feel you have seen this movie before. I immediately thought of the Clive Owen-Jennifer Aniston movie "Derailed." (The initial chance seduction occurred at a train station, as well.) John McQuarrie (Ewan McGregor) is a lonely accountant/auditor with zero social life. He gets hooked into a sex "list" by the magnetic man's man Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman). There he meets the girl of his dreams simply known to him as "S" (Michelle Williams). Of course, since the title gives away the plot, you knew this set-up was all an elaborate deception, and nothing is really what it seemed. As for the plot, there were a lot of improbabilities that weaken the story (some spoilers follow later for those interested). The suspense was a bit muted because the director was generous with the clues. Or may be we have just watched to many of these variations of this story in movies. The sex "list" set-up (which was the main thing of interest that set this movie apart from others like it) was most likely inspired by real such social clubs. These lurid circles where busy people just call each other randomly for some anonymous commitment-free sex, I am sure, ordinary guys like us will never get mixed up with in real life. This movie does give us a vicarious teasing peek into this alternative lifestyle, though. I did like the triumph of good at the end though, because there were no strings attached. I could not help but compare this film with "Derailed" because they were so similar, and "Derailed" was clearly better in all aspects. That said, this film "Deception" is really not that bad as the cheap local posters (that resort to sexy photos of girls in lingerie) would suggest. ***********SPOILERS FOLLOW************** These are the questions that the movie requires you to turn a blind eye on: How could Bose possibly assume that McQuarrie would do his criminal bidding just because of "S"? At that time, McQuarrie had only met "S" twice, and they did not even have sex yet. And indeed, can an auditor actually gain access to perform multi-million dollar money transfers from the company he is auditing? Also, is it that easy to create fake passports? Especially in the case of McQuarrie.

Reviewed by Tweekums 5 / 10 / 10

A solid thriller with some decent twists

Jonathan McQuarry is an accountant whose job is to go into large firms and audit their accounts. It isn't the sort of job that helps one make friends; half the people at the companies he audits are worried he'll spot a mistake they made the others don't see the point of befriending somebody who'll soon be gone. For this reason Jonathan is happy when lawyer Wyatt Bose introduces himself; they smoke a joint together, play a bit of tennis then Wyatt has to go away for a little while. Soon after it becomes apparent that after their last meeting they each picked up the other's phone. It turns out that Wyatt is part of a club known as 'The List'; members of which can call a fellow member for anonymous sex… Wyatt is happy for Jonathan to use it while he is away. He enjoys himself till one day the person who calls him is a beautiful woman he spoke to briefly on the subway a month previously. They have a second date but it goes wrong; she disappears and he is knocked out… it isn't long before he learns that Wyatt isn't the friend he though; he is told that if he is to see the girl alive again he must transfer millions of dollars out of the accounts of the next firm he audits. This is a solid little neo-noir thriller that takes its time introducing the characters before revealing what the story is really about. Watching with absolutely no prior knowledge the first half gives no real hints about what is going to happen… although the title should make one realise that at least one character isn't quite what they seem. Once bad things do start to happen the main twists aren't too surprising but are still effective. Ewan McGregor is solid as Jonathon, an everyman sort of character caught up in what seems like a dream but what turns into a nightmare; Hugh Jackman impresses as the charismatic 'Wyatt' and Michelle Williams is good as the woman known only as 'S' who Jonathon understandably falls for. Overall I rather enjoyed this; it isn't a must see but is worth watching if it is on TV or if you see the DVD in a charity shop.

Reviewed by Spikeopath 5 / 10 / 10

Sunbeam and Bashful Boy.

Deception is directed by Marcel Langenegger and written by Mark Bomback. It stars Ewen McGregor, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. Music is by Ramin Djawadi and cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Jonathan McQuarry (McGregor) is a timid New York accountant who whilst working late one night meets Wyatt Bose (Jackman). Bose is the complete opposite to McQuarry, he's highly sexed, confident and supremely cool. So when a mix up with the pair's mobile phones introduces McQuarry to an exclusive sex group, he's spun into a world completely alien to him. If you have watched a lot of film noir, both classic era and neo, Deception will come off as irritatingly stale. What we have here is very much a case of the title revealing far too much! You would hope that with the makers going for broke with such a title then they would have the nous to fill out the story with surprises, take us and the principal characters down some twisty streets, not so, sadly. Within ten minutes you catch on to what is happening, the writing so poor as to not cleverly challenge the narrative drive. It could maybe be argued that McQuarry's journey, and how the character evolves, is something of a veer from the noir norm? But it has no dramatic worth and renders the finale as dull (the alternate ending is even worse). It's not a total wash out as such, the cast are engaging in their roles, good actors straining to make a weak screenplay work, while cameos from Natasha Henstridge, Charlotte Rampling and Maggie Q impact to come off as better than novelty value. And then there's Spinotti's (Manhunter, L.A. Confidential, Heat) cinematography, the best character in the play. His nighttime city scapes are electric, his colour lenses beautiful (golds and blues are poetic), his work deserves a better film. But that's about it, leaving us with a shallow noir cover version that's in search of its own identity. For those not familiar with the noir form, then this is just about average enough for a look see. For noir fans, though, it's neither erotic or thrilling and as unadventurous as it gets. 5/10

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