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Deception is a middling, predictable potboiler with mediocre dialogue and ludicrous plot twists.
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The success of thrillers like this one depends heavily on skillfully handled smoke and mirrors, but Deception's predictable plot turns won't really deceive anyone.
When sex (and mystery) gives way to a multimillion-dollar heist (and explanations), the whole thing just gets silly. Sexy fun for a while, though.
When you advertise an erotic thriller and then give us a comedy, that's deception in any language.
It is about as erotic as a midweek National Express coach journey to Hitchin.
There's not a twist in this flimsy and moth-eaten plot that isn't both contrived and transparent and not a character who hasn't been hopelessly manipulated by the needs of the narrative.
Everything is wrong pretty much from the start of this misbegotten adventure in Adrian Lyne territory, including but not limited to the strained mind games that drive the plot, and the tentative New York accents on the actors from Australia and Scotland.
As the double-crosses come thick and fast, it's hard to retain much curiosity about or sympathy for any of the film's duplicitous protagonists.
It all culminates in one of the most audaciously terrible endings ever captured on celluloid.
You know what's not sexy? Sexiness. I mean the overt, in-your-face, "Aren't we all being sultry and naughty?" sort of sexiness. Which is what this entire movie is, thinking it's daring.
You'd be hard pressed to find a sex thriller as unsexy and thrill-free as Deception.
This atmospheric and sexy neo-noir teams Scotsman Ewan McGregor and Australian Hugh Jackman as a pair of mismatched Americans.
The difference between a decent thriller and Deception is that a good thriller at least tries to keep you guessing with a few twists and turns.
An accountant finds himself enmeshed in a blackmail scheme and a mysterious list of liaisons.
This is just your run-of-the-mill, hackneyed thriller. There aren't any surprises, and the few moments of lascivious fun aren't enough to lure anybody except a twelve-year-old who has never seen a boob before.
Even the performances by Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams feel phoned in, and Hugh Jackman has never been worse.
Overall, there are worse films, but there is nothing that sets this film apart from its peers.
Like a Youtube video farce of a thriller, but with highly recognizable faces, this one plays an old game of bait and switch and hopes you'll play along and pretend to be surprised. I doubt you will. Although very stylized looking, ultimately an empty exercise.
There is alot about this Movie what I really liked and enjoyed but one has to see themselves to make their own minds.
Imagine just one line changes your life. "How z it going?" And you are in middle of "conspiracy. Now its up to you whom you TRUST!
A disconnected accountant finds his mundane life injected with a new sense of urgency after striking up a friendship with a charismatic attorney in director Marcel Langeneggers sexually charged action thriller.~! Jonathan (Ewan McGregor) is an accountant who has lost his passion in life,and when his powerful new lawyer friend, Wyatt (Hugh Jackman), introduces Jonathan to a salacious underground sex club called The List, the dejected accountant soon believes he has found the woman of his dreams (Michelle Williams).,however, his newfound happiness takes a turn for the worse, when Jonathan is named the prime suspect in the womans disappearance as well as the theft of 20 million dollars
hmmmmmmn are you free tonight? that is the question........
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