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Deception [DVD]
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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. But just as the relationships is moving away from call girl to partner - he wakes up in yet another strange room with one too many drinks taken and her naked body is missing - replaced with bloodied sheets. Then Wyatt suddenly turns up and he's not the nice guy he once seemed. And on top of corporate blackmail - the woman Jonathan now loves - is in danger from this oily confidence man...

Directed by Marcel Laggenegger in 2008 - Mark Bomback's razor-sharp script is brilliant - twisting and turning and constantly leading you astray. It's helped by a trio of superbly chosen actors - McGregor as the put upon nobody who must become a somebody - Jackman as the smiling beguiling snake who knows how to press the emotional buttons in suckers - and Michelle Williams as the reluctant participant - caught up in something that gets out of hand - even murderous...

The BLU RAY picture quality is top notch - beautifully filmed to give it that silver-suit office slickness (Aspect Ratio 2.40:1). Extras include a feature length Commentary with the Director, a Making Of called "Exposing The Deception", Deleted Scenes and a feature on the various nightclubs called "Club Sexy". Audio is English 5.1 DTS and English 2.0 Dolby Digital - while the lone Subtitle is English SDH.

"Deception" on BLU RAY is a superb thriller with brains, cool, sexiness and angles you didn't see coming. Play the game with this one...
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 February 2018
Ok so, this is not the best film ever made. But it's a solid one that should keep you entertained well enough for the evening. It's rather slow, there is not a lot of action, there is quite a lot of sex. Probably too much for some and not enough for others. But here's the thing: it's part of the plot and it has a place in this particular film. Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is an accountant (and he looks like one, meaning he's not at his hunkiest) with no life other than his work. Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) is a successful lawyer who lives the good life. He introduces the meek accountant to the finer things in life, including a very classy sex club. Michelle Williams is the mysterious girl S.

The viewer quickly becomes aware that McQuarry is being played, but the story takes its time, with various twists and turns, before the purpose of Bose's manipulations becomes clear. Towards the end filmmakers and actors are definitely having a bit of fun with the last twist, and I personally absolutely loved it. The story as well as the style of cinematogaphy remind of the psychological thrillers from the 1970s. And that's not a bad thing as far as I'm concerned. Younger viewers may disagree.

The cast is fabulous, with all three leads turning in solid performances. Ewan McGregor has by far the most screen time, but his character is so bland that I found it hard to root for him at times. Yes, it's the way the part is written, he needs to be like this, and yet... This is where the film loses a star. Hugh Jackman is visibly having fun with his twisted character and could have done with a bit more screen time, especially during the middle part of the film. Michelle Williams is well cast and very likable. A particular mention deserves Charlotte Rampling for her small cameo as the Wall Street Belle which is definitely one of the highlights of the film.

The DVD has English subtitles for those who may need them. There are also plenty of extra features included:
- Commentary with director Marcel Langenegger
- Making of featurette
- Club Sexy
- Deleted Scenes
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on 5 November 2017
Movie good and suspenseful Hugh jack man plays a really psychological part in can't decide if he is the good person or evil person but ewan mcgegor plays an even exceptional part well done to both actors well acted
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 July 2012
Unfortunately this Hitchcock-style movie - produced by Jackman - fails, as its so full of plot "holes" which the excellent cast cannot overcome. Jackman and McGregor - acting against type - give credible performances but you never really believe one word of the convoluted but very obvious plot which signals it's many "twists" so far in advance that few ever work.? Well filmed with an excellent score and a tremendous 5.1 audio and luminous video transfer you will find the movie entertaining enough - especially if you only pay the 1p I did on Amazon marketplace.
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on 19 July 2017
beautifully filmed and acted. Very tense with an interesting twist. Hugh Jackman made a very convincing and menacing baddie.
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on 18 February 2018
Really good thriller. Excellent used DVD
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on 21 January 2018
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on 5 March 2018
it was ok not what I thought the film would be but watchable
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on 14 May 2015
A very good film. Hugh Jackman shows his versatility as an actor. The twists and turns that are built into this movie make it a very good suspense thriller.
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on 3 September 2014
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.
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