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  • Directors: Marcel Langenegger
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X3T2L2


Jonathan (Ewan McGregor) is living a boring and lonely life before he meets a lawyer named Wyatt (Hugh Jackman). But Wyatt's exciting existence is far darker than Jonathan could have imagined, and Jonathan is soon in over his head. Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) co-stars in this dramatic thriller.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best 27 Aug 2008
In many areas, Deception is a bit of a disappointment. The script is poor, enough so that the top quality actors struggle a little with some of the cheese, the plot twists are a little too obvious and occasionally slapdash, and I left watching the film feeling that the full potential for the film itself hadn't been reached. Half of the problems seem to be caused by a lack of decent characterisation. Unless you're a bored accountant yourself, you might need a little more on Ewan MG's character to fully care what's happening to him, and I have to admit even in the dullest moment of my working life I think I might shy away from accepting drugs from a random colleague I'd never seen before in the middle of a meeting room (even if it is late at night). To emphasise the character's weedy/boring status, he is dressed in possibly the worst clothing - wait till you see the underwear, which is presumably what all good bashful boys are wearing this season - although I assume that the clothing is there to help the pretence that Hugh Jackman could look like Ewan MacGregor at one stage in the plot. McGregor's outfit basically turns into a character costume, which just seems like an easy way for the script to answer things and on a practical front is damned risky on the part of Jackman's character.

Saying that, there are some good moments in the film and these are the reasons why I have bought it myself. Sure, the plot is cheesy and obvious and won't be winning any awards for originality any time soon (or even for a good adaption of a theme). The camera work looks a little amateurish for some reason, which does distract from the actors and situation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good performances, a lot of suspense. 9 Nov 2010
By Agneska
I really liked this picture because the actors are really good ( see the changes in their personality when Hugh Jackman turns to bad ( he also is a good actor because he can be nice and smiling and also cold and ruthless) and Ewan gets his revenge.
What I like best is Ewan: he is really a chameleonic actor, what I mean is you see him in a picture and then in another and he's not the same person, he looks like someone else too: he has the power to metamorphose himself in the part he's playing ( like for example Peter Sellers)and look as if he were a different person each time.In this film, he changes radically from the timid accountant to the player and a winner in Hugh's game.
The plot is a classic one but the way the picture is made is different.They say it's hichcockian but it's a bit true but things are maybe not strange enough.
It reminds me a bit of Vertigo when Kim Novak disappears.
I recommend this film, you will have a nice time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable thriller and excellent performances 27 Jun 2008
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I enjoyed this thriller with its neo-noir look ( very evocative of Manhattan) and its excellent casting and performances. The plot is credible, even if some of the twists are probably a little too easy to project. But the buildup is tension-filled and the resolution is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the profession of the main protagonist ( certainly a made-in-accountant heaven solution!). The most memorable scenes are the bonding moments between two unlikely friends in a world where it can be very lonely if you didn't belong! In this case, the club is a sex club, populated by successful New York financial community professionals looking for "intimacy without the intricacy" ( in the words of the character portrayed by Charlotte Rampling, in a cameo).

I particularly liked the excellent performances. There is the very good performance from Ewan McGregor as the low-key, fun-starved auditor who plods along from one audit job to another. He embues his characterization with the right timidity and somewhat awed regard for his new-found friend and social mentor. Hugh Jackman is equally outstanding in a dramatic shift from his usual leading-man roles, this time as a villain with a criminal agenda. He is suave, sophisticated, and self-assured but when he forces the timid Jonathan to pursue a major international fraud, he is chilling! Very credible portrayal from Jackman, who is increasingly taking on more and more varied screen roles ( his 1-2 acting punch in The Prestige and The Fountain still stuns). Michelle Williams ironically projects an air of vulnerability in a role that is key to the plot.

Go get the DVD, if you missed the movie in the cinema!
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Mild-mannered accountant Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) sits alone at his laptop in the plush boardroom of yet another New York high-rise mega-company doing employee audits. It's 10:30 pm and he's still working.

From out of nowhere - Jonathan is joined by the handsome and very slick Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) - a lawyer who is clearly living a life poor McQuarry could only dream of. Bose feels sorry for the sad number cruncher - stays for a chat that soon becomes a shared spliff - joking about life (or the lack of it) as they watch the city go by on the streets down below. Next thing you know they're playing tennis together - Jonathan sees Wyatt's fabulous apartment - his uber babe lifestyle in city bars - his equally well-heeled work colleagues...

Then by accident at lunch in the park one afternoon - Jonathan mixes up his mobile with Wyatt's - and that night while Wyatt is in London closing a business deal - he get's a phonecall from a sexy female executive voice asking if "...he's free tonight?" Jonathan soon works out that playboy Wyatt is part of a group of sex connoisseurs - powerful people enjoying anonymity and physical liaisons in plush hotels around New York because they're on "The List". He takes a chance and soon he's engaging in hot passion with gorgeous corporate women on "The List" who would never have looked at him twice.

But then one night in yet another hotel room - in walks a blonde girl he saw on the subway that he really liked (Michelle Williams) - and an immediate spark is lit between them. He doesn't want her to take clothes off - but talk - like normal human beings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Jackman playing the Bad Guy !
Good Film,if a little predictable ! Solid performances by all the leads !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 23 days ago by HBD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film !
Published 1 month ago by Beverley R
4.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller
Great drama and suspense. Some nice performances from Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams. A must see if you are a fan of any of these actors.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by real books
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Gift which was really enjoyed
Published 3 months ago by Spiny Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars i love the film
Very exciting movie, thrilling to watch. you will not regret buying it, and of Course Hugh Jackman is as brilliant as ever.
Published 5 months ago by Ms. M. El-awa
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable thriller, but with terrific performances
'Deception' had been gathering dust on my DVD shelves for sometime, but I finally decided to watch it recently. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Bought as a present for a Hugh Jackman fan. She said it was 'OK'. I haven't seen it so couldn't add any more.
Published 8 months ago by cherubino
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd with the lovely hugh jackman
this dvd illoved this dvd it was thrilling and intriging a sad ending though HOWEVER anything with the lovely hugh jackman in will do for me
Published 8 months ago by susan hopkins
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