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Being in the USA, I know this film under the title, "Deception."
The first half of this movie was very good, very interesting, but the final segment was a big, big disappointment. Overall, it's kind of a strange, confusing story yet fascinating for the most part. I liked the baseball card angle, even if most other people didn't.
When "Bessie Faro" a.k.a. "Rubie Cairo" (Andie MacDowell) finally finds her husband, the film goes to pieces.
The scenery is great to view - scenes from Veracruz, Berlin, Athens and capped off by some magnificent shots of the Great Pyramids outside Cairo. Liam Neeson did his normal superb acting job and creating a likable character.
Boy, this could have been a super movie with a much-different and better done finale. The premise and the scenery were the highlights; the script, the lowlight. However, I'll think you'll find overall it's still a lot better than the national critics would have you believe. It's worth a look. Just expect the film to go downhill the last third.
Any film that can draw you in completely, as this movie did with me,
succeeds. I missed the first ten minutes not knowing even the plot, and I
was immediately taken in by Andie MacDowell's quest for answers regarding
I'm surprised by the many negative comments and reviews posted here. This was one of the few movies (like "Pyscho") that took me on sort of a ride that I didn't want to end. This movie was intelligent and I found it to be a great escape as Ruby travelled around the world. I'll certainly never visit Athens, Greece, or stand on top of one of the pyramids. But I felt like I was there. Whomever said this was boring must have had their eyes closed the entire time. I never realized how beautiful Andie MacDowell was until I saw this film or what a really good actress she was. Liam Neeson was a plus even if his role was rather short.
You can bet I'll be recommending this film to others as I do whenever I see a really good movie. Hope to see this released on DVD soon.
Maybe 10 is a little overrated but i didn't expect to enjoy this movie
so much. This was a real good surprise:
I imagined that it would be a romance taking place in Egypt while it is rather a treasure hunt all around the world: north and south America, Germany, Greece and Egypt It is very exotic and the middle-east locations are beautiful: the pyramids, the mosque
I also really like how Andie carries the entire movie on her shoulders alone. Her drive is interesting and not so common by the way. Only Angelina Jolie got characters like this.
It is also an eye-opener for charities because it seems that they have to deal with the devil to achieve their humanitarian goals.
As always, Liam Neeson plays a trustworthy and dedicated man.
Beautiful scenery and locations, almost exotic especially when the characters are in Cairo, the whole religious aspect adds to the it's atmosphere. A pleasant diversion for a rainy day. Andie MacDowell alone is enough to make the movie interesting. Enjoyed Liam Neeson and actually wished he had a larger part. Viggo Mortensen played his character well, although he was only seen in a small part of the movie. It was nice to see Australian actor Jack Thompson too.
Ruby Cairo is a would-be good movie despite the choppy plot and horrible script. Liam Neeson is reason enough to see this movie because his performance is the best out of the whole (mis)cast. Andie McDowell's scenes where she was talking to herself were very unreal and uncharacteristic of any human. The love story between Liam and herself was charming but thrust into the movie suddenly and was not picked up at the right times in the plot. The ending, however was cute, despite no real victory on Andie's part. 1/2 *.
"Liam Neeson" caught my eye as I walked past the DVD bargain bin. I picked up the case and flipped it over. "Viggo Mortensen". That's all I needed to know- into the cart it went. After all, I'd pay almost as much to rent it. As a die-hard fan of both actors, I'm proud to say I endured the entire 90 minute mess. Of course, my attention was not in appreciation of the movie itself. Nor was it the (usual) amazing ability of the 2 leading men. My attention was sophomoric at best...I was watching just to catch a glimpse of their lovely faces and to hear Neeson's throaty brogue. I knew that it would be so from the beginning of the opening credits- I actually rolled my eyes and said, "Oh please" before the story(?!) even began. Unfortunately, they are on screen a tiny fraction of the time. So in the end,I realized I'd have been more satisfied washing the dishes with scenes from Les Miserables or A Perfect Murder running in my brain.
Not sure why this movie rates so bad with my fellow IMDB members.
I just watched it and found it to be a pleasant diversion. It has interesting locations and the gorgeous Andie McDowell to brighten up the scenery. True, the mystery is not that much, and the ending leaves somewhat to be desired, but this movie is not as terrible as its IMDB rating suggests. The baseball card keys are somewhat unique and I'm an old Pittsburgh Pirate fan--which made it a little more interesting to me. Anyway, give this movie a chance when you have time. 6/10
Sporting a good cast - Andie MacDowell, Liam Neeson, and Viggo
Mortensen, "Ruby Cairo" (aka "Deceptions") is the story of a widow who
goes on an international chase to find money her husband left in
various bank accounts. For this, she uses baseball cards he left behind
with a series of markings indicating clues. When she reaches one of the
last banks, she realizes that her husband is still alive.
The "you're supposed to be dead but you're still alive" scenario has been used often - "The Third Man" and the wonderful Goldie Hawn film, "Deception" come to mind. This film adds nothing to the genre. The scenery is glorious, and MacDowell is effective and beautiful as a courageous woman who is tougher than she looks. But the story is highly implausible, full of holes, and just not very good.
If you want to see this because of Liam Neeson and/or Viggo Mortensen, forget it. Neither one of them has that big a role. Mortensen has a big scene toward the end of the movie, if you're still watching.
Andie MacDowell is not a strong enough actress to carry this on her back as she did. She was basically a sleuth but the persona she conveyed made it seem as if her sleuthing powers just appeared by magic--amazing what script writers can do! It is totally improbable that she could have walked around some of the worst districts of Cairo looking like she did and remain unmolested. Ditto the locations in Mexico. The plot was weak and there were a lot of loose threads. The most interesting part of the movie was the scene shot in a Coptic church in Cairo and, of course, Hollywood had to pull its punches. For while Dr. Lamb credits them with saving his life, it is not clear that he has actually converted. John Faro, the lynch pin for the movie's plot and Bessie's husband, was a weak character, weakly portrayed by Mortensen. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the movie started out to be interesting but began to fall apart about 1/3 of the way into the picture. The ending was very weak--a characteristic of American movies for several decades now and one of my pet peeves.
This film is pretty to watch, but it adds nothing new to the genre; the
plot is silly as there is almost no logic in what we are watching. From
the opening scenes we know this film is something by the numbers
because there is no real suspense; it fails to make sense about what we
The only thing this movie has going is the different locales in which the director, and his crew, decided to take us: Veracruz, Berlin, Athens, Cairo. All in pursuit of the illusive Johnny Faro, the two timing man without scruples.
The stars are wasted. Let's hope they had a good time while they were in location.
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