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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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Assistant Controller
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Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
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Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
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Woman at Waldorf Astoria
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Velvet Rope Dancer #2 (as Rachel Montez Collins)
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Deborah Yates ...
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Clancey Controller
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Storyline

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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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,312,146, 27 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,597,760, 22 June 2008
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Trivia

The passports of both Jonathan and Wyatt, which are presented to the bank employee in Spain, show an identical date of birth. Both show the D.O.B. as Feb 23, 1974. See more »

Goofs

External auditors are never granted any transactional access to bank accounts. There is no business need to allow such access to an auditor. Additionally, internal fraud controls would require at least two authorized personnel to complete wire transfers (known as "dual control"). One person would not be able to send wires without confirmation by another authorized person confirming the wire. 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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Price You Pay
Performed by Unkle
Written by James Lavelle (PRS), Richard File (PRS), and 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
www.unkle.com
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Same old, same old...
22 August 2008 | by 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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