Cuba Gooding Jr and Emmanuelle Vaugier star in this action thriller directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. When Rebecca Scott (Vaugier) gets a visit from FBI agent John Nelson (Gooding Jr) informing her that her husband has been murdered, her first reaction is one of shock when she reveals that he died two years ago in a car accident. While John and Rebecca pool resources to find out why and how her husband would have faked his own death two years previously, the pair unintentionally become the target of an angry billionaire and his well-equipped army.
The film has all the feel, graphics, CG effects, and dialogue as a made for TV film. Dennis Archer (Ty Hungerford) is supposed to deliver information to James, an FBI agent (Cuba Gooding Jr.) but dies before it happens, although they haven't found the body. Mild manner accountant Archer had faked his death before in NY when he was married to investigative reporter Rebecca Scott (Emmanuelle Vaugier). Rebecca did an article on an Australian billionaire who is now under criminal investigation. It just so happens her ex-dead husband worked for him before he died a second time.
Rebecca goes to Australia to investigate her husband's death and ends up tagging along with Cuba Goodling jr. after his initial protest.
The script is improbable to say the least, especially the main relationship. NY driver's licenses do not require fingerprints either. The film was far too predictable to make it enjoyable. The highlight of the picture is the occasional predictable banter that goes on between Goodling and Vaugier. Save your money and wait for Lifetime to show it.
Parental Guide: no f-bombs or sex. Some distorted frosted shower scene rear nudity...and I think she was wearing a bikini on top of that.
In this 2013 mystery crime drama [aka: Deception and released direct to DVD in USA], widowed investigative reporter Rebecca Scott [Emmanuelle Vaugier] is informed by an FBI agent John Nelson [Cuba Gooding] that her deceased husband has just been murdered, feeling betrayed she heads for Australia to investigate, but so does Nelson. The single disc opens to 5 trailers before going to main menu offering play, scene selection, audio [English 2.0 /5.1] and UK trailer. There are no subtitle or hard of hearing options. With too many basic flaws to overlook and the stupid decisions made, along with some dodgy special effects, it takes the edge off [lose a *]. Otherwise this is a decent enough detective story with a few good action scenes and some stunning scenery but lacks sparkle, leaving this as a reasonable **** 15 rating.
The story was predictable soon after the start. However that did not stop it being enjoyable. The action was set, for a change, in Australia rather than New York or LA.
The acting was decent and the pace was good. I watched it as a background or 'wall paper' movie whilst I was working - it did not distract, was enjoyable and I could follow the plot despite looking away at times.
I will be happy to watch it again with the family. No one is going to win any Oscars for it but is decent fodder to while away a couple of hours.