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DECEPTION

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INT. BEVERLY HILLS, MILEY'S APARTMENT, BATHROOM - MORNING
A bathroom door, just barely opened, has steam coming from
it. (Camera moves in, as if it transcends threw the door.) We
see a silhouette of a woman behind a curtain, threw the
steam, rising off. The running water stops, the curtain
slides open. MILEY, a High Fashion Model, early twenties,
grabs a towel off the rack and wraps herself. She takes
another one to drys her hair, then wraps it.
INT. MILEY'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM
Miley walks out of the bathroom and is in her bedroom. She
looks over at the television and sees the words SPECIAL
REPORT. She picks up the remote, turns up the volume.
JENNA TAYLOR
Good morning Los Angeles. This is
Jenna Taylor reporting on channel
One, news. Last night, super model,
Shelly Davis, has been reported
missing from her Malibu Beach
apartment. The Twenty-eight year
old model, is the fourteenth model
missing since last June. Here, with
us, out on location, is L.A.
Detective Ron Piren. Good morning
Detective.
We see the Detective on a monitor in the studio.
DETECTIVE
Good morning Jenna.
JENNA TAYLOR
Detective, can you tell us why no
one has been able to figure out
where all the models have
disappeared to and put a stop to
it?
DETECTIVE
Jenna, the L.A police Department is
doing the best it can.
Phone rings
DETECTIVE (CONT'D)
We're doing everything within our
power to find...
Miley mutes the television. Looks at the caller ID
MILEY
Hey! Sandra, what's up?
SANDRA (O.S.)
You didn't forget that we're going
to the mall today, did you?
Miley puts it on speaker phone to talk to Sandra.
(Scene plays out over the phone convers

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Product Details

  • Actors: Aleksandra Eriksson Mikesh Marie Rocki DuCharme
  • Directors: Vitaliy Versace
  • Writers: Robert o'Connor
  • Producers: Ex Producer Vitaliy Versace
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Mos Studio's
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E0Q022
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"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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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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You know the drill. Don't trust strangers. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is (too good to be true). There's no such thing as love at first sight. Money rules. Love conquers all.

Mix all of these maxims together and you get this film. Add first-rate acting by the entire cast and you get solid entertainment.

Ewan McGregor plays Jonathan McQuarry, a painfully shy auditor who works major corporate accounts. Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) meets the super lonely auditor and quickly becomes his best (only?) friend. Bose gives McQuarry access to a sex club that seems to be, well, too good to be true. Michelle Williams is the enigmatic "S" who captures the shy man's heart. Everything goes just smashingly until the other shoe drops. And, of course, other shoes always drop.

I don't want to give anything away. The suspense starts early on and continues until the final frame. Others have attacked this film for being too cliched or formulaic. There's something to this criticism, but I found the acting and direction more than powerful enough to earn five stars.
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