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Deception (2008)

Hugh Jackman , Ewan McGregor  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Daniel Lugo, Charlotte Rampling
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CC7PLM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deception" on IMDb

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With its attractive cast and "stylish thriller" vibe, Deception is a much better movie than a raft of negative reviews might suggest--provided that you can suspend (if not completely discard) your disbelief and go along for the ride. The first feature by veteran commercial director Marcel Langenegger, it stars Ewan McGregor as Jonathan McQuarry, a mousy freelance tax auditor who’s taken under the wing of one Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman), a slick, ultra-confident Manhattan lawyer. We know from jump that Jonathan’s new best friend isn’t all, or even any, that he seems, and sure enough, when the pair "accidentally" switch cell phones, a series of credibility-defying events destined to turn Jonathan’s bleak, lonely life upside down is set in motion. At first, it’s all good, as the wide-eyed young CPA finds himself joining "The List," a Wall Street sex club that brings together lawyers, stockbrokers, and other professionals whose lives are too busy for anything more than brief, anonymous assignations at various high-rent hotels (exchanging real names is verboten is this world). But apparently spending nights with the likes of Natasha Henstridge and Charlotte Rampling isn’t enough; when he meets the blonde beauty known only as "S" (Michelle Williams), the club’s credo of "intimacy without intricacy" goes out the window, lust turns to love, and Jonathan is drawn into a protracted cat-and-mouse game that leads to murder, big-time corporate embezzlement, identity switches, and other nefarious activity. One needn’t be Nostradamus to predict where all of this is headed, but that’s hardly the point. Even if you don’t buy a single moment of it, Deception is fun, flashy, and entertaining--and since when is pure escapism a bad thing? --Sam Graham

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An accountant is introduced to a mysterious, sex-dating club known as The List by his lawyer friend. He becomes enthralled in this new lifestyle, but he soon becomes the prime suspect in a womanâ??s disappearance and a multimillion-dollar heist.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies, and Accounting April 25, 2008
"Deception" is to the thriller genre what a pulp detective novel is to literature: it's a guilty pleasure that satisfies, even though something better is always an option. I never believed that this story was in any way, shape, or form possible, but I certainly had fun watching it. As the title suggests, many of the characters are intentionally giving off the wrong impression, and by the time we discover their true natures, something new is revealed. This isn't to say that the film is overloaded with plot twists; the mystery eventually comes to an end with little confusion, and that's good for anyone who actually wants to follow along with the details. I will say that I was concerned entering the theater, because let's face it--a title like "Deception" makes one wonder just how far it will go to fool the audience.

We're immediately introduced to Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor), a timid accountant for some unnamed firm in New York City. While working late, he meets Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman), an extremely charismatic attorney. He instantaneously gets on McQuarry's good side, first by sharing a joint with him, second by involving him in activities he would never be a part of. They become friends, but it's obvious that something sinister is lurking behind Bose's devilish smile. McQuarry begins to discover this when the two accidentally switch cell phones during a lunch meeting--while Bose is supposedly on a London business trip, McQuarry keeps getting phone calls from women who ask if he's available, believing he's Bose. Feeling emboldened, McQuarry decides to take one of the women up on her offer and meet at a hotel.

And that's when he discovers that Bose is part of a sex club that caters to people interested in one-night stands.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The cast is greater than the scenes October 4, 2008
Format:DVD
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Geeky accountant meets smooth-talking lawyer
2. Geek spots attractive blonde on train
3. Audience suffers stereotype overload
4. Second-hand designer suit and cell phone switcheroo leads to geek getting a life
5. ... and maybe losing his

Great performances by Ewan McGregor (geeky accountant), Hugh Jackman (smooth-talking lawyer), Charlotte Rampling (smoldering seductress) and Michelle Williams (attractive blonde) are almost eclipsed by an unrealistic screenplay involving the intertwining of two different storylines into a forgettable psychological drama, that starts well, but then is frittered away to absolutely nothing much.

You already know pretty much what's going on just by reading the title, so I'll just add that it involves mutually agreeable short term relationships, financial finagling and ruthless rub-outs. There are many twists, and a couple of them (or at least one in particular) are quite good.

Rent it for the acting, but it probably won't initiate a purchase decision.

Amanda Richards, October 4, 2008
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What made the movie very good viewing are the interesting character studies and the excellent portrayals by the two lead actors. Jonathan leads a rather lonely life as a CPA who does not even develop any ties with the people on whose work he passes judgment on. When Wyatt comes into his life and opens a new and exciting world beyond the glass towers of corporate Manhattan, he is wide-eyed and smiling to himself with his discovery. Wyatt is all smooth-talking and self-assured, professionally and socially, while pressing a hidden agenda. What I liked most about the movie is the phase when these two men, seemingly from two different worlds, interact and a fraternal bond seemed to have developed. As if they have suddenly become the best of friends and share intimate secrets.

The movie traces how this initial bond becomes a vehicle for committing a crime ( stealing millions from questionable sources and taking advantage of how these transactions can pass through the international payment systems without being caught immediately) and how the seemingly good friend unravels his intentions to coerce the cooperation of the mousy accountant. The twist is how the accountant foils the villain's intention, a solution made in accountant heaven ( with their dogma of "check and balance"!).

The parade of attractive women adds some zest to the story but I think it is the interaction of the two characters which is the essence of the story.

Ewan McGregor is excellent as the mousy accountant and leads one to sympathize with his character easily. Hugh Jackman, in a departure from his usual heroic roles, is the antagonist in this story and he delivers the performance in a refreshing manner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars White bread, bologna, no mayo September 29, 2008
Format:DVD
That's about how exciting this movie was. Don't blame the actors though, they tried. In the end, Deception was the proverbial "silk purse on a sow's ear"--the silk purse being the actors, the cinematography--the technical infrastructure of the film; the sow's ear being the script, which reminded me of so many other movies that I'd seen and also didn't like.

The storyline involves an isolated timid accountant (Ewen McGregor)and his chance--cliche'd meeting with a cool, sophisticated, and charismatic corporate lawyer (Hugh Jackman)who introduces McGregor's shy character to a world of corporate hi-rise whore-houses. After sexing a thousand call-girls in just about every yoga position imaginable, McGregor's numbed "sexually awakened" character comes full-circle--being a stud isn't all that he thought it would be. Involuntarily, he falls for one of his many call-girls, a limp, beautiful blonde who happens to be in cahoots with Jackman's character to blackmail McGregor into moving millions into an offshore banking account.

See, I told you that you'd seen this film before. Throughout Deception--fitting title--I anticipated that big moment--that surprise--that would ease the slow pregnant feeling growing from my stomach into the seat of my pants. When the end-credits scrolled down the screen I realized that I'd just wasted two hours of my life--two hours that I'll never see again--on a bad movie. If you like good cinematography, professional--and dry-- acting, and sex see deception. If you want to see a decent movie, save your money and your time.
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Published 1 month ago by Lakhi
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie!
I`m a Hugh Jackman fan and I loved him in this movie....Even with it`s surprise ending.I found it very enjoyable!
Published 2 months ago by Gilbert L. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars great flick
Keps u on ur toes! loved the film & the ending! buy it! blah blah blah blah blah blah I am NOT a Movie critic. Don;t make this so difficult
Published 3 months ago by Jamie
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair plot line
Love Hugh Jackman but the character development is slow and while there are a few twists the ending is predictable.
Published 4 months ago by S. Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing movie flick
The movie seemed to have promise, however was very disappointing … I didn't even finish it ………… and don't recommend it
Published 4 months ago by moz
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and mesmerizing!
Very interesting plot and mystery to it. It makes you realize when watching that there is a whole more world out there than we realize sometimes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dharma
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite movie
This movie was the best one I've seen in a while.. its really only good the first time you see it but I love to still watch it with people who haven't seen it before.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by duffball420
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