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The Deal (2005)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  17 June 2005 (USA)
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A political thriller steeped in illegal oil trading, the Russian Mafia, and governmental cover-ups.

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Tom Hanson
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Abbey Gallagher
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Jared Tolson
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Hank Weiss
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Anna
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Professor Roseman
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Sara Kester
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Theo Gorbov
Vyacheslav Vinnik ...
Nicholai Chernoff (as Viacheslav Vinnik)
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A political thriller steeped in illegal oil trading, the Russian Mafia, and governmental cover-ups.

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The world is at war. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Jared Tolson: Have you tried to fill your car lately? How 'bout the effects of the oil shortage on our floundering economy?
Tom Hanson: Don't give me that horseshit! There's plenty of untapped resources right here in the U.S.!
Jared Tolson: And environmentalists chaining themselves to fences to protect their precious ecosystems? There are no easy choices!
Tom Hanson: So then your choice is to get in bed with the Russian mafia to buy oil from the C.A.S., who then use that money to wage war against us! They launder our oil, we launder their money ...
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As If It Were Yesterday
Written by Joe Lervold
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The Deal is that this movie sucked...
6 September 2005 | by (Bethlehem, PA) – See all my reviews

Slater stars in and co-executive produces this film, which means they got to use both his likeness and his money to try to help this film succeed, and it still flops. The movie is second-rate (or worse) in virtually every respect. With the exceptions of some of the names in the credits, this movie has almost no redeeming qualities, and of course the credits occur right at the beginning of the movie, so it's all down hill from there.

Loggia's a solid character actor, and Slater's decent playing the same character he always plays. Even though he's 36 now, he looks like he should be drinking a Shirley Temple during the bar scenes. Blair is a stone, and an anorexic-looking, awkward stone at that. She has no talent that I can detect, with a delivery that has all the depth and warmth of a petri dish. Think Keanu Reeves, only less attractive and with boobs. Very small boobs. She's also 32, not young enough to play the recent Harvard grad she's supposed to be. Angie Harmon is gorgeous, but unimpressive as an actor, and no one else in the movie gives any sort of memorable performance.

Blair's character's romance with Slater's is completely unbelievable, as there's no chemistry between them, so the audience is left thinking "What did I miss?" when the two of them suddenly start kissing for no apparent reason. Evidently the romantic music playing on the soundtrack while they sat in meetings with clients was supposed to demonstrate the build-up of their amorous feelings. It didn't.

The plot is the one thing this movie should have going for it, given the current state of gas prices and the war in Iraq, but it's such an obvious parallel and so close to home that it's too easy to dismiss, thereby undermining the entire premise of the film. Not that the poor writing, poor direction and poor acting do much to revive it, but this Deal should have died on the table.


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