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Deception (2008)

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An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Director:

Marcel Langenegger

Writer:

Mark Bomback

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Jonathan McQuarry
Hugh Jackman ... Wyatt Bose
Michelle Williams ... S
Bruce Altman ... Lawyer #1
Andrew Ginsburg ... Lawyer #2
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Assistant Controller
Christine Kan Christine Kan ... Tennis Player
Dante Spinotti ... Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
Karolina Muller ... Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
Agnete Oernsholt Agnete Oernsholt ... Woman at Waldorf Astoria
Melissa Rae Mahon Melissa Rae Mahon ... Velvet Rope Dancer #1
Rachel Montez Minor Rachel Montez Minor ... Velvet Rope Dancer #2 (as Rachel Montez Collins)
Holly Cruikshank Holly Cruikshank ... Velvet Rope Dancer #3
Deborah Yates Deborah Yates ... Tango Dancer
Bill Camp ... Clancey Controller
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Storyline

Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When you're in this world, no one is who they seem, and everyone is playing the game.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Cantonese

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The List See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,312,146, 27 April 2008

Gross USA:

$4,597,760
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Had a seven-week shoot. See more »

Goofs

External auditors are never granted any transactional access to bank accounts. There is no business need to allow such access to an auditor. Additionally, internal fraud controls would require at least two authorized personnel to complete wire transfers (known as "dual control"). One person would not be able to send wires without confirmation by another authorized person confirming the wire. See more »

Quotes

Wyatt Bose: So do you like this work?
Jonathan McQuarry: Yea, I do. The order of it appeals to me... the symmetry... It's alright, I guess, if you like working with numbers.
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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence initially lists Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor as "Ewan Jackman" and "Hugh McGregor" before forming the correct names. See more »


Soundtracks

Price You Pay
Performed by Unkle
Written by James Lavelle (PRS), Richard File (PRS), and Christopher Allen Goss (as Chris Goss) (PRS)
Published by Copyright Control/Baby Cole Music
Courtesy of Surrender All Ltd.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
Contains a sample of the track Eruption, taken from the album Prisms
by Michael Garrison [203920]
Courtesy of Siebenpunkt/Mint Records Germany.
Written by Michael Garrison
Licensed courtesy of Siebenpunkt/Mint Records
www.unkle.com
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Deception
13 September 2008 | by rajdoctorSee all my reviews

The trailer of this movie looked interesting.

The story is about an accountant Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) who meets Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) – who in turn introduces Wyatt to a secret sex club. Wyatt falls in love with one of his acquaintances S (Michelle Williams) and gets involved in a blackmail by Jonathan who wants Wyatt to transfer a huge sum from a few bank account to Spain. Wyatt does that. Jonathan plants a bomb and kills Wyatt. I will leave the story here and not play spoilt sports.

The story starts with a psychological angle, moves to sexual contours, deceive, and blackmail. The movie moves slowly throughout, gains maximum interest in the deceiving part – holds your attention, but remaining times – it is just a usual dull affair.

Both Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor look great and act well. But the style of narration does not build up that interest to make a great cinema of a good story like this.

First time director Marcel Langenegger does a decent job in delivering a visually good cinema – good closeups, good acting, good music, good movements of camera – I think he has a good eye for making better movies.

I think there is a problem with the scripting of the movie. It takes the first 40 minutes to build the story, and gives 10 minutes of interest and falls back to a mundane thriller.

My rating started from 4.5 at the beginning of the movie, increased to 6.5 when it reached the deceive part, but pulmetted down to 5 by the end of the movie.

(Star 4.75 out of 10)


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