Reindeer Games (Deception)


Reindeer Games (Deception)

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Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.



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A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap in this action drama. Rudy (Ben Affleck) is serving time in prison for auto theft, where he becomes friendly with his cellmate Nick (James Frain). Nick has been enjoying a spicy courtship by mail with a woman named Ashley (Charlize Theron), who has sent him several enticing photos, even though he has been unable to send her any of himself. Rudy and Nick are to be released the same day, but Nick is killed in an altercation with only three days left to serve. Rudy is let out on schedule, and discovers Ashley, unaware that Nick is dead, is waiting for him. Swayed by her beauty, Rudy claims to be Nick, which turn out to be fun until Rudy meets Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Gabriel runs with a group of outlaws planning on using Nick's knowledge of an Indian gambling casino in Michigan where he once worked in order to stage a massive robbery on Christmas Eve. Rudy soon realizes if keeps on being Nick, he gets to stay with Ashley, but he'll also have to go along with Gabriel's robbery, which could easily land him back in prison -- or get him killed. Clarence Williams III, Danny Trejo and Donal Logue play Gabriel's henchmen; Dennis Farina, Isaac Hayes, and Ashton Kutcher also highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Ben Affleck
as Rudy Duncan
Gary Sinise
as Gabriel
Dennis Farina
as Jack Bangs
Ashton Kutcher
as College Kid
Mark Acheson
as Mean Guard
Tom Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Thomas Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Michael Sunczyk
as Distant Inmate No. 1
Douglas H. Arthurs
as Distant Inmate No. 2
Dean Wray
as Guard No. 1
Ron Sauve
as Guard No. 2
Ron Jeremy
as Prisoner No. 1
Hrothgar Mathews
as Exit Guard
Gordon Tootoosis
as Old Governor
Lee Jay Bamberry
as Young Governor
Frank Jones
as Security Boss
Jimmy Herman
as Bartender
Ana Paul Piedade
as Portuguese Woman
Enuka Okuma
as Cocktail Waitress No. 1
John Destrey
as Fat Guy
Eva De Viveiros
as Cocktail Waitress No. 2
Joanna Piros
as TV Newscaster
Robyn Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
Lonny Chapman
as Old Timer
Alonso Oyarzun
as Casino Dealer
Rod Wolfe
as Cashier No. 1
Marcus Hondro
as Cashier No. 2
Sam Bob
as Video Guard
Jacob Rupp
as Park Ranger No. 1
David Jacox
as Park Ranger No. 2
Anna Hagan
as Mother
Paula Shaw
as Aunt Lisbeth
Don S. Williams
as Uncle Ray
Michael Sunczk
as Distant Inmate #1
Wendy Noel
as Stacey
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The trap is set. The game is on. Good movie. This film was entertaining and had a real good story with a very great ending I must say. Really good cast to go along a very good movie is priceless. After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. After hearing endless stories during his incarceration of Nick's romantic correspondence to a woman named Ashley he has never met (Charlize Theron), Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity upon release from prison and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with a base knowledge of Nick's Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and is violently forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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it was entertaining. B

Richard C
Richard C

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i really liked this film its amusing and is action packed and not a bad storyline so i really enjoyed it!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Ben Affleck is a car thief who steals the identity of his prison cellmate to woo his pen-pal (not surprisingly considering she's played by Charlize Theron.) Unfortunately he doesn't count on her psychotic brother who is intent on using him in a armed robbery. This likeably daft heist movie takes a lot of cues from film noir and transplants them into a post Tarantino action film. Affleck is hardly the most charismatic leading man, but with Theron and Gary Sinise's amusing nutjob to play off there's plenty of character dynamics to make up for his shortcomings. It's briskly paced, has just the right combination of action and twists and turns to keep you interested and is tongue in cheek enough to make up for the numerous plot holes. It does lose half a star for it's cornball "happy holidays" epilogue, but otherwise it's a fun slice of trashy nonsense.

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xGary Xx

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