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Genre: Thriller
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, Natasha Henstridge, Maggie Q
Director: Marcel Langenegger
Rating: M18 (Some Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2008






Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Fullscreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
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Leave your inhibitions at the door as Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams lure Ewan McGregor into a tangled web of lust and lies in this scorching erotic thriller. Lonely, timid accountant Jonathan McQuarry lives only for his work- until a chance meeting with suave, charismatic corporate lawyer Wyatt Bose introduces him to "The List". Suddenly, the right cell-phone number and the words, "Are you free tonight", launch Jonathan on a decadent journey of sexual conquests and self-discovery amidst New York's power elite. But an affair with a ravishing and mysterious stranger will expose him to another world he never imagined: one of betrayal, treachery and murder.


The title "Deception" is really a misnomer- that is nothing much here to really deceive the viewer. In fact, there is nothing much here to really engage you as well.

Much of this has to do with the disappointingly by-the-numbers script by Mark Bomback (Die Hard IV). His story of a lonely reclusive accountant caught in the trappings of a mysterious sex club unfolds so predictably, that even the least discerning viewer will be able to guess the final plot twist miles away.

Ewan MacGregor plays the role of accountant Johnathan McQuarry who meets a suave and charismatic lawyer Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) at the same time as he runs into a beautiful stranger (Michelle Williams) at the train station. A seemingly unintentional mix-up, where Wyatt and Johnathan end up taking the other’s phone, opens the door for Johnathan into a private sex club.

Lest you think that there is anything scintillating to be found here, let me assure you that there is none. There is little sexual tension (at least from the point of the viewer) to be found in Johnathan’s subsequent dalliances with many random women.

One night, Johnathan comes across the same woman who intrigued him at the station. He takes this as an opportunity to get to know her better, although he is clear that this is against the rules. It doesn’t take a genius to decipher that nothing here is random; especially that Wyatt is hardly the best friend that Johnathan regards him as.

The almost pedestrian story is then aptly complimented by an equally pedestrian direction by first-time director Marcel Langenegger. He does little to amp up any kind of tension in the story, so that the already monotonous story unfolds in just as dully.

Even the actors themselves are quite aware that they are in a snooze-fest. Hugh Jackman, in his first outing as a producer, plays Wyatt with a cunning smile and little else. There is not enough menace in his performance to sufficiently portray the duplicity of his character. Ewan MacGregor as the clueless accountant fares slightly better, but this is hardly a challenge for the actor who is capable of much more.

For a movie that sells itself as a sexual thriller, there is hardly anything sexual or thrilling in it. Perhaps its title most aptly refers to its viewers, who were deceived into thinking there is any fun to be had here.




Visual transfer is good but the audio options leave much to be desired. There is only one audio track in this Code 3 DVD that is in Dolby Digital 2.0, a lackluster option befitting the dreary movie.



Review by Gabriel Chong


Deception (Movie Review)

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Alliance Entertainment



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