Deception (Blu-ray)

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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 woman's disappearance and a multimillion-dollar heist."

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208388620
UPC 024543530497
UPC 14 00024543530497
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Blackmail
New York City
Sex
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Marcel Langenegger makes his feature-film directorial debut with the aptly titled DECEPTION, a film about secrets and lies. Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) feels that life is passing him by. He completes short-term audits for a large firm, but doesn't really feel any connection to his employer and finds it difficult to make friends at his assignments since he's never there for long. Jonathan's circumstances change overnight when charming lawyer Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) befriends him. In an instant, the shy accountant is playing doubles tennis with his new friend and beautiful women and visiting upscale clubs. Just as mild-mannered Jonathan is getting used to his new lifestyle, Wyatt leaves town on business. When Jonathan finds himself mistakenly in possession of Wyatt's cell phone, he also discovers a whole new world of anonymous sex in elite Manhattan hotels with powerful women known simply as "The List." But soon Jonathan is in over his head: he's the prime suspect when a woman goes missing, and the threat of extortion looms.^This tale weaves an intricate web of lies and treachery. Jackman is both charming and chilling as Wyatt, a man utterly without conscience, while McGregor falls easily into character as the bespectacled Everyman, Jonathan. Nerdy but likable, Jonathan really just wants to connect with someone. Along the way, he learns that he is capable of more than he ever expected. Michelle Williams stars as Jonathan's love interest, looking far more glamorous than she did in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Lisa Gay Hamilton, Maggie Q, Natasha Henstridge, and Charlotte Rampling also make brief appearances in the film, which is set primarily in New York City with a side trip to Madrid.
Directors
Marcel Langenegger
Actors
Michelle Williams
Ewan McGregor
Hugh Jackman
Cast & Crew
Lisa Gay Hamilton - Star
Michelle Williams - Star
Maggie Q - Star
Ewan McGregor - Star
Hugh Jackman - Star
Charlotte Rampling - Star
Natasha Henstridge - Star
Dante Spinotti - Director of Photography
Arnold Rifkin - Producer
Christopher Eberts - Producer
David L. Bushell - Producer
John Palermo - Producer
Ramin Djawadi - Composer
Robbie Brenner - Producer
Hugh Jackman - Producer
Mark Bomback - Screenwriter
Marcel Langenegger - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 2253049
UPC 00024543530497
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 107 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review To succeed, Deception requires viewers to be both inattentive and stupid. 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. Good thrillers hide their seams; Deception exaggerates and highlights their existence. Sitting through this movie, it's impossible to enter its world because we never believe in anyone or anything that first-time director Marcel Langenegger puts on the screen...There are two kinds of thrillers: those that think they're smarter than the audience and those that are. Members of the second category are often characterized by sharp dialogue, smart plot turns, and interesting (if not always well-developed) characters. Members of the first category are usually plodding and obvious with laughable dialogue, stereotyped characters, and storylines that range from improbable to ridiculous. It doesn't take much insight to place Deception in its proper place. The most infuriating thing about this movie is that the filmmakers seem to believe they're actually being clever and there's a chance viewers won't figure out the truth about Wyatt and S before those details are explicitly revealed, or that a third act "surprise" won't be as obvious as William Shatner's hairpiece...Such sloppiness doesn't merely make Deception unappealing; it places it on the cusp of unwatchability.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review According to web reports, this Hugh Jackman/Ewan McGregor thriller was originally titled The Tourist and The List before the filmmakers and/or studio finally settled on Deception. The alternates are not exactly the most eye-catching or original titles, but both would be just as appropriate for this particular film. I can't imagine what the impetus was to find something even more generic--or if it's even possible to come up with a more bland thriller title...This is a film that starts off with some agreeable, professional trashiness before settling into routine. This is not to say that the opening, with meek, lonely accountant Jonathan (McGregor) striking up a friendship with the slick Wyatt (Jackman), is entirely smooth going. Almost immediately, the movie suffers from casting the sly, handsome McGregor as a fumbling nebbish...This is an especially good-looking crap thriller. Cinematographer Dante Spinotti shot Heat and The Insider for Michael Mann, and his cold, clean capturing of New York offices and shadows brings to mind the Los Angeles cityscapes of Mann's films. But that only makes the screenplay less congruous. It's as if the real script--one worthy of these actors and production values--was misplaced, so the producers found a last-minute substitute that had been locked in a desk drawer since the heyday of Michael Douglas, and everyone just put their heads down and forged ahead.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Jesse Hassenger
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Jackman,Hugh
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews ...an agreeable little thriller that benefits substantially from the uniformly stellar performances...
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide Jackman and McGregor are a delight to watch.
Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com An edge-of-your-seat sexual thriller...
Sam Sweet, LA Weekly ...offers a fantasy even big money can't buy -- Wall Street as a cross between a James Bond adventure and a Victoria's Secret spread.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...[Director Langenegger] is out to emulate Hitchcock with dashes of "Vertigo," "Strangers on a Train" and more.

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