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Deception (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  25 April 2008 (USA)
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An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawyer #1
Lawyer #2
Christine Kan ...
Tennis Player
Dante Spinotti ...
Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
Agnete Oernsholt ...
Woman at Waldorf Astoria
Melissa Rae Mahon ...
Velvet Rope Dancer #1
Velvet Rope Dancer #2
Holly Cruikshank ...
Velvet Rope Dancer #3
Deborah Yates ...
Tango Dancer
Clancey Controller


Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you're in this world, no one is who they seem, and everyone is playing the game.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The List  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£255,958 (UK) (25 April 2008)


$4,597,760 (USA) (20 June 2008)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the fact that this was filmed in high-definition video and Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is shown in the end credits. See more »


At the end where S and McQuarry split and she sits in a cab there is another cab behind the one she sits into. In that one, the car driver is holding a small digital camera pointed towards the actors. See more »


Wyatt Bose: Don't think you cannot climb the wall. You're the only one guarding it.
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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence initially lists Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor as "Ewan Jackman" and "Hugh McGregor" before forming the correct names. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 26 April 2008 (2008) See more »


Price You Pay
Performed by Unkle
Written by James Lavelle (PRS), Richard File (PRS), Christopher Allen Goss (as Chris Goss) (PRS)
Published by Copyright Control/Baby Cole Music
Courtesy of Surrender All Ltd.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
Contains a sample of the track Eruption, taken from the album Prisms
by Michael Garrison [203920]
Courtesy of Siebenpunkt/Mint Records Germany.
Written by Michael Garrison
Licensed courtesy of Siebenpunkt/Mint Records
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Same old, same old...
22 August 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The thriller genre has been well explored and perfected over decades of cinema. While some familiar elements and conventions are to be expected in a new release, you would expect, at the very least, that a new entry tops the previous ones.

And sadly, Deception does not. The movie almost feels like a remake of Curtis Hanson's Bad Influence. A movie that was made almost twenty years ago and features two main characters that are carbon copies of those of McGregor and Jackman, only they were played respectively by James Spader and Rob Lowe.

Whatever "twists" are found in Deception, you see them coming from a mile and they fall flat. The acting? Everybody seems to be cashing his check. One-dimensional characters and an aimless plot make for a boring two hours. Even the "list" subplot feels tacked on and doesn't even provide any enjoyment, nor does it add anything to the film.

The photography is amazing but this is truly a poor Hollywood movie and one that you will be better off passing on, unless you are a die-hard fan of the genre or one of the main actors featured. All in all, a tremendous waste of talent and resources due to a crappy script.

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