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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:

$4,598,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,772,506
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Camp and Paul Sparks would later appear in Midnight Special (2016) and The Night Of (2016). See more »

Goofs

In the narrative of the story, the point is made that the intent of one of the rules of The List is that of anonymity. When McQuarry met the Wall Street Belle (Charlotte Rampling's character), while she herself offers no clues to her identity, she makes no effort to conceal it either. McQuarry easily learns her identity when he sees her portrait on the cover of Forbes magazine. See more »

Quotes

Wyatt Bose: Don't think you cannot climb the wall. You're the only one guarding it.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Deception: Club Sexy (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Keys to the Kingdom
Performed by Unkle
Written by James Lavelle (PRS), Richard File (PRS), Christopher Allen Goss (as Chris Goss) (PRS), and Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark) (PRS)
Published by Copyright Control/Baby Cole Music/Music Sales
Courtesy of Surrender All Ltd.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
www.unkle.com
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Good performances, but predictable plot twists.
29 April 2008 | by kevin_crightonSee all my reviews

Jonathan McQuarry, is an accountant who strikes up a friendship with a lawyer called Wyatt Bose. After accidentally swapping phones, McQuarry starts getting calls from women who are part of a group of people who meet purely for casual sexual encounters. During one of these, McQuarry meets a blonde woman whom he becomes close to. When he's attacked and she disappears, he discovers more going on than he realized....

From the above plot description some people can figure out where the story is heading. I for one did. It's a sad fact that the script written by Mark Bomback holds no surprises at all. It also doesn't help that there are plot holes that aren't explained or dealt with. The direction by Marcel Langenegger is okay, but he doesn't add any tension into the movie.

What does save the movie are the three main performances. Michelle Williams is suitably enigmatic as the girl involved, Hugh Jackman as Wyatt Bose brings charm and charisma to the part, and Ewan McGregor as Jonathan McQuarry convinces as the straight, lonely accountant seduced into the events played out.

However the performances alone can't save the movie from being a disappointing, predictable thriller.


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