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Laws of Deception (1997)

 -  Drama  -  8 March 1997 (USA)
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A law student is seduced by a beautiful woman he doesn't know, and after a one night stand with her, his roommate warns him to be careful because he suspects she may have other motives. Years later, she returns and hires him as her lawyer to defend against a charge of murdering her husband. A web of intrigue ensues as the lawyer begins his hunt to find the killer and also confront the demons of his past. Written by Anonymous

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You don't know the truth until you've lived the lie.

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Repeal these laws of deception.
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was perfectly horrible. It was as though no one seemed to be trying to make a decent film. The writer, the actors, the director and even the production manager failed this movie.

Brian Austin Green gives the most unconvincing, disaffected performances since a young William Shatner walked the decks of the starship Enterprise. The takes used in the final cut see him pausing in the middle of his lines then momentarily looking off to the corner of his eyes, obviously searching to remember his lines. But he's not the only one. It is as though we can SEE all of the actors acting without ever having to believe that they are themselves the least bit convinced about what they are saying or doing. The dialog between the male and female leads in particular could not have been written in a less believable way, and the lines could not be delivered in a more stilted fashion.

This is the worst movie that I have seen in a long time . . . and I have seen Beenie Siegal gangsta flicks. There are low budget movies and at the bottom of that list there is this one. Actual mistakes of lighting, abound. Was there no director of photography to notice the shadows inhabiting scenes like they were characters themselves? There IS a twist at the end, but if you spend a minute's worth of analysis on the movie in total you will understand that it is not only improbable and unlikely, it undermines too much of what went on previously to be taken seriously.

At one point a pivotal character's brains are blown out in graphic detail and all I could think of was "please, lend me the gun so that I can use it on myself." Don't make the same mistake I did: good friends, avoid this clunker.


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