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Deception (2008)

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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Lawyer #1
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Lawyer #2
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Christine Kan ...
Tennis Player
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Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
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Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
Agnete Oernsholt ...
Woman at Waldorf Astoria
Melissa Rae Mahon ...
Velvet Rope Dancer #1
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Velvet Rope Dancer #2 (as Rachel Montez Collins)
Holly Cruikshank ...
Velvet Rope Dancer #3
Deborah Yates ...
Tango Dancer
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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>

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


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

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25 April 2008 (USA)  »

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The List  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£255,958 (UK) (27 April 2008)

Gross:

$4,597,760 (USA) (22 June 2008)
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Trivia

Bill Camp and Paul Sparks would later appear in Midnight Special (2016) and The Night Of (2016). See more »

Goofs

The same taxi, with number 8B42, is taken multiple times in the movie, several days apart. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Featured in Exposing 'Deception': The Making of the Film (2008) See more »

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Keys to the Kingdom
Performed by Unkle
Written by James Lavelle (PRS), Richard File (PRS), Christopher Allen Goss (as Chris Goss) (PRS),
Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark) (PRS)
Published by Copyright Control/Baby Cole Music/Music Sales
Courtesy of Surrender All Ltd.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
www.unkle.com
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Good performances, but predictable plot twists.

Jonathan McQuarry, is an accountant who strikes up a friendship with a lawyer called Wyatt Bose. After accidentally swapping phones, McQuarry starts getting calls from women who are part of a group of people who meet purely for casual sexual encounters. During one of these, McQuarry meets a blonde woman whom he becomes close to. When he's attacked and she disappears, he discovers more going on than he realized....

From the above plot description some people can figure out where the story is heading. I for one did. It's a sad fact that the script written by Mark Bomback holds no surprises at all. It also doesn't help that there are plot holes that aren't explained or dealt with. The direction by Marcel Langenegger is okay, but he doesn't add any tension into the movie.

What does save the movie are the three main performances. Michelle Williams is suitably enigmatic as the girl involved, Hugh Jackman as Wyatt Bose brings charm and charisma to the part, and Ewan McGregor as Jonathan McQuarry convinces as the straight, lonely accountant seduced into the events played out.

However the performances alone can't save the movie from being a disappointing, predictable thriller.


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