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Let's be honest. Would you think of seeing this movie for if Hugh
Jackman wasn't amongst the cast?
Ewan McGregor can always give a convincing role, either with his winning personality, or his use of the force Lol. Nothing quite new that we haven't seen before from McGregor. He makes it work.
Michelle Williams is definitely flaming in this movie just about beginning to end. I was never her number one or two fan, but she fit pretty good into this kind of thriller. I'd love to see more of her.
Hugh Jackman, when has he not given a great performance in a movie? This movie makes me want to go back and watch "Swordfish", or "The Prestige". Whether he's a good guy, Wolverine, or a bad guy. Without question, Hugh Jackman is one of my favorite actors in movies today.
You really want "Deception" to have more action, more depth. But it does rush along at one point. The only thing that keeps me interested is the intensity Jackman brings. It slows the whole mood down to make you wonder what's next, what's he going to do. This is definitely his thriller you're watching.
So all in all this movie is good but not great. In fact, I think I like the movie "Derailed" just a little more than this. Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston are a tough combo to beat in that similar thriller. Now if you like Hugh Jackman, this movie will be the one to beat. He doesn't need claws to get you to watch this.
"I'll send you a copy." BAM! Bitch went down. "I'll send you a copy." BAM! Syd! Super-bitch! - Scream
I wanted to like this movie. I really did. It had all the ingredients; the potential of really good actors, great locations, sleek and stylish. I am a huge Jackman fan and McGregor is always a solid performer, but it fails. The plot was neither very interesting nor believable. On one hand Jackman plays a con artist with the foresight to lay the foundation to pull of a huge con, yet makes the most freshman mistakes taught in" Introduction to a con 101." There are more plot holes than swiss cheese, and less twist then a ruler. The writer lacked the substance and character development in his/her screenplay, and it shows. Generally, scenes are in a movie for a reason: to define a character, or maybe propel us to the next part of the story. There were too many unnecessary scenes that added nothing to the story. This movie had the the style and actors to make it work but lacked the substance in the story to make it worthwhile or entertaining.
Based on the story and the good acting by all involved this film is
entertaining and will keep your interest if you've had enough sleep the
Jackman is excellent and Ewan does a great job doing something he's not typically cast for. Michelle Williams, despite the really bad hair job, is also adequate but ambiguous, never really know when she's sincere. Overall I enjoyed the film if only for the performances and the off kilter sexy story. You won't remember this film in a year but your opinions of the main actors will not suffer too much.
I especially enjoyed the filming predominantly done it the evening which was suitable for the context. The dreary light emphasized the story line and left me wanting to see the characters in the daylight which finally happens in the end.
This film fails however in convincing the viewer that true love exists between 'S' and Jonathon but I don't feel as if that was the intent. Jonathon's infatuation with 'S' may have worked with a more defined conclusion but after 107 minutes you're left guessing as to why the film ended the way it did.
Despite the somewhat random story, seemingly evolving while the file was being shot I did enjoy the overall sensation the film imparted but would only recommend it to fans of the stars working the show or those who simply enjoy curling up to a impromptu movie pulled down at home without any significant effort. Meaning, don't go out of your way to see this film but if it pops up enjoy it for what it's worth interesting performances
This is a superb thriller, far better than many of its contemporaries, although less well known because is does not feature super-stars. The writer, Mark Bomback, and the director, Marcel Langenegger, are not at all well known. Certain unconvincing details of this story (fake passports obtained too quickly, Hugh Jackman having the run of a high-powered legal office as if he worked there, when he doesn't and couldn't possibly get away with it) may, we hope, not appear in their future efforts. But if we set aside our disbelief from time to time, this tale is very gripping, and laden with intrigue. The surprising number of unfavourable reviews on IMDb suggests that many fans of thrillers have been deeply dissatisfied with this film. Perhaps I am too easily pleased, but I have a very high opinion of it. The film works because of the inspired casting of Ewan McGregor as the bespectacled and baffled innocent and loner who works as an itinerant accounts auditor for large legal firms in Manhattan. Naughty Hugh Jackman has set him up in order to exploit his unrestricted access to accounts. The alluring Michelle Williams is part of the scheme, but her role is ambiguous, as becomes increasingly clear as the story progresses. The idea of a telephone sex club called 'The List' is perhaps too reminiscent of a bad Kubrick idea (Kubrick was so kinky, whenever sex came up his judgement went down). However, it is all done very convincingly, and bringing in Charlotte Rampling as a lustful member was a good touch. It is rather amusing to think that 'The List' involves so many business executives and corporate lawyers, as 'enquiries on a no names basis' figure so prominently in the business lives of such people, so that the sex club with a 'no names basis' and a rule that 'no business can be discussed' is an ironical joke by the screenwriter, one suspects. Hugh Jackman makes a solid and convincing villain, but does not take the role the last mile to reach the heights of evil, which some actors in such parts have occasionally achieved. I found him just a bit too jolly and not wicked enough. McGregor's naiveté may stretch credulity too much as well, if one wants to criticize the story line. In fact, if you want to punch holes in the story, go ahead, anyone can do it, it's easy. But the film worked for me, was a slick piece of work, and was far better than many more highly praised thrillers containing famous faces, Isn't it fun once in a while to get away from super-stars and see somebody different?
The plot in this movie is somewhat obvious and very slow at times but
not every movie has to rely solely on excitement and plot. This is one
of those movies. Not only does McGregor play the shy guy role
perfectly, the city shots provide the perfect backdrop for the entire
movie (although the ending kind of ruined the setting). Another aspect
of this movie that I liked was the protagonist antagonist conflict.
Unlike most movies here the villain isn't the unstoppable
stay-out-of-his-way-or-else villain. During the whole movie you're
never certain who is going to win in the end. This helps keep things a
little less predictable.
If your only judge of a good movie is the quality of the story and the flow of the plot you won't like this movie. But if you can appreciate great shots, great setting, and a pretty decent love story, this movie has what you need.
Going into this I had fair warning as to what it was about. The name
guarantees as much. That said my interest raised as each chapter
unfolded. Knowing how the genre is, working out the inevitable twists
and curve balls ensued. That is part of the experience. So is the
outlandish nature of plot, and I don't know a soul who thought 'Body
Double' was based on anything remotely possible, but they still enjoyed
it. This film has something different about it. A subtle expression
that grows into an intriguing smile.
Director Marcel Langenegger worked with writer, Mark Bomback, to make the film work for both their tastes and sensibilities. Their collaboration is for the good of the project. He also brought in Dante Spinotti, a fine Director of Photography. He was largely responsible for the look of the Chinatown sequence and it was my favorite sequence of events.
I wanted to see 'Deception' on the strength of Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor's involvement with the film. Both are extraordinarily fine actors and I could not imagine either appearing in anything sub-par. They took on assignments that cast them in a different light than most are used to viewing them in.
Mr. Jackman dives into his role with the same gusto he has become famous for. I feel that few actors can match his range. His 'Wolverine' is much more than a raging mutant. Jackman squarely lifted the 'X-Men' gambit to his shoulders and skyrocketed into mega-franchise orbit. He also has history on Broadway and lit the boards afire in 'The Boy From Oz'. His turn as 'Van Helsing' the great vampire hunter sees Hugh in the action-adventure region and earning high praise.
Mr. McGregor plays an accountant who goes through his daily paces as one of the army of eternal extras who drift through the scenes of New York's rich, powerful, and flamboyant theater of the absurd. McGregor's skill is on display as a timid, almost apologetic excuse of a being that I would have loved to seen introduced ala 'Twilight Zone' by Rod Serling. His character certainly passes through it.
What gives 'Deception' its edge is an outstanding performance by Michelle Williams. Her interaction with both stars is intense, but in particular, with McGregor she is magical. Ms. Williams says more with a glance than words could express. Each scene finds her generously sprinkling talent in all directions. Oh, she does indeed speak, and I savored every word.
A quick nod to Charlotte Rampling who I might well have wrote the above paragraph for had she been given more screen time. She makes ample use of what time she does receive. Ms. Rampling has a rather brutal, but matter-of-fact way of taking over a scene. Her dominance is simply never in question.
The sliding scale for a psychological thriller begins with 'Hitchcock brilliant' and works its way down from there. 'Deception' is a bit better than the normal fair for this genre. That is due to the fine performances.
I think this movie was good but it was kind of confusing and it's very predictable and the ending was kind of badly plotted. But it's not the cast's fault it was the writer's for creating such a pitiful plot but still not bad. I only watched it to see Hugh Jackman. Not bad but not great it's like in the middle. But I think this movie could've been a little bit better maybe if it was longer with better actors(other than Jackman)and more impact and unique ending but sadly nope. But like I said, not good not great. In the middle. Maybe if they changed the actor that played Jonathan it would've been better because he didn't show that much passion when he had his scenes of sexuality. I give it a 6/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Deception tries to be a thriller about an ordinary, lonely accountant
getting caught up in a life of sex, lies, and thievery by way of
accidentally joining a sex club for people too successful to foster
real relationships. Is that confusing? I thought so. But... even though
it 'tries' to be a thriller, it is really more of a drama. Mostly
because (as others have pointed out) it is fairly predictable. You see
most of the plot twists coming. Be that as it may, I still thought the
movie was pretty good! The acting was probably the saving grace. All
three leads did a great job with their roles. That's saying a lot for
me since I usually don't like Williams or McGregor. Here I thought they
turned mediocre characters (by way of the script) into believable human
beings. I never once found myself bored during this movie so that says
Overall, a decent way to spend a couple of hours, but not something that you're going to remember for a long time. In fact.... I had seen 4 or 5 movies over the last couple of weeks and wrote all the other reviews last week... I had actually forgotten about this one until I found the ticket stub in my dryer.....
Now.. on to the Gargamel Scale. It works by giving 1 point each for : Acting, Story, Car Chases, Gunfire/Explosions, and Nudity. With a provision to add a half point to any category at my discretion.
For Deception I give 1 for acting, 1 for explosions/gunfire, 0 for story, 0 for car chases and a big 1 for nudity... (not 1.5, even though there was lots... it wasn't good quality and kind of cheesy) That's a 3.0 on my scale or a 6 on the IMDb scale.
I had low expectations when I saw this movie mainly because of its poor
rating at IMDb. After watching it I have to say that I liked it until a
tragic thing happens to the leading character after that the movie is
just regular and it has a bad ending. I think this movie deserves 6.5
I found the first half of the movie interesting and entertaining, the performances of the 2 leadings are very good and Michelle Williams is good for what is needed of her. I would have liked that this movie had been more like the Michael Douglas film "The Game (1997)" but in a sexual aspect.
The life of Jonathan McQuarry,a lonely accountant, will have a big change when he meets Wyatt Bose and begins to hang out with him being introduced to a kind of sex club where he will find the love of his life but he might lose her too .....
6.5 stars = regular +
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Jonathan McQuarry, a meek accountant, stumbles into a sex ring that
changes him from his mediocre existence to that of a man that has known
the real thing. His lawyer friend, Wyatt Bose (Wherever do they get
these names from, it's beyond comprehension) has something else in
mind, he wants to use McQuarry for his own personal enrichment. For
that, Bose devises what appears a flawless plan in which he will become
a millionaire. Little prepares him for an ironic twist in which his
best laid scheme will backfire.
Directed by Marcel Langenegger, who used to be in advertising, the film doesn't live up to its promise. There are many false moves that makes the viewer think something's wrong from the start. Written by Mark Bomback, who was responsible for the Bruce Willis' vehicle "Live Free or Die Hard", the movie relies on the viewer's willingness to go along with a premise that makes not much sense. Mr. Langenegger, working with Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti, gives us a film that is full of dark colors to emphasize, perhaps, the erotic tone of the earlier part of the picture.
Frankly, the two leads, Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, don't bring any excitement to their characters. Mr. Jackman is not convincing as the sneaky Bose, and Mr. McGregor, who shows up with a terrible makeup, is a mousy man who discovers sex perhaps too late in life. Michelle Williams, whose name is S, plays a role that will not add anything to her otherwise interesting career. Charlotte Rampling, on the other hand, is about the best thing in the movie. Wow! She can teach the other actresses a couple of tricks effortlessly, but alas, she's only seen too briefly.
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