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Lies & Illusions (2009)

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A self help author is hunted by thugs who believe the writer holds millions of dollars in diamonds stolen by his dead fiancée.





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Casino ...
Alba Jeanne MacConnell ...
Elderly Woman (as Alba Jean McConnell)
Barrie McConnell ...
Elderly Man
Tracy Schornick ...
Bank President
Kelly Hyde ...
Bank Teller
Andrea Hubbard ...
Bank Woman
Saybher Perrigo ...


A self help author is hunted by thugs who believe the writer holds millions of dollars in diamonds stolen by his dead fiancée.

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Nothing is what it seems. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2009 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Alicia's Book  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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Suggested tag line: "Not quite the worse film ever!"
17 October 2009 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I'll start by defending myself for actually watching this; someone else made me watch it! This isn't so much a review, but more of a warning. DON'T WATCH IT! The plot if you read the back of the DVD sounds quite promising. A writer's (Christian Slater) fiancé is kidnapped and he finds himself being chased by violent thugs (led by Cuba Golding Jr) who believe he has some diamond that his fiancé stole from them. Nothing groundbreaking about the plot, but OK, could be a good Saturday night action film. Alas no! What we get could be reasonably described as a cheese fest. Appalling acting, an awful plot, dismal effects and shoddy camera work.

Perhaps the most depressing part about this film is watching the death of the careers of two previously promising actors. Christian Slater and Cuba Golding Jr, both have successful films behind them, but both have had a recent string of turkeys, and this should just about finish them off. However to be fair, they are probably the best thing about this film, as the supporting cast are well out of their depths.

At one point in the film, it feels as though it might just save itself in becoming a sort of spoof of action films. The fight scenes and dialogue are so bad it is hilarious. The people watching it with me were laughing harder than we have done with some comedies. The trouble is, the film isn't meant to be funny.

I think this film has one use, to show it in film school to aspiring actors, directors, cameramen etc and explain this is how not to do a film.

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