Movie: "Deception"
Year: 2008
Rated: R
Genre: Drama
Directed by: Marcel Langenegger
Writing credits: Mark Bomback

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 4/20/2009

Plot: Ewan McGregor is an accountant who is lured into the sultry world of a powerful lawyer played Hugh Jackman in this intense drama. And when I say "intense", I'm sure you understand that I mean, "it makes you want to pick up your TV and smash it into a thousand shards because the story is so agonizingly pointless."

Review: Deception is awful. Absolutely awful. This movie recently came out on-demand and figured what the hey, it has Ewan McGregor... it has Hugh Jackman... can't be all bad, right? Wrong, because that's exactly what it was... ALL bad. I'm honestly stunned either of them would even be involved with a movie this bad.

First off, it's about as predictable as they come. From the very start of the movie, you know Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) is full of shit and setting up Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) to take a fall. And just how does he set him up? By switching cell phones with him. Oh but you see, Wyatt doesn't own just any cell phone. He's a privileged member of "The List" - a secret sex society! It's not even an intriguing secret sex society a la "Eyes Wide Shut" either. No, all members of this society do is make phone anonymous calls to each other and say "Are you free tonight?" If the other person responds positively, they then meet up at a hotel for some adventures in humpland.

At first, Wyatt can't believe he's living this crazy new lifestyle. At first, he sleeps with Natasha Henstridge of "Species" fame, so he's naturally amazed with his good fortune. His next meeting is with a woman old enough to be his mom, but that doesn't stop him from getting in on that action either. But wouldn't you know it... Wyatt actually falls for one of the girls (Michelle Williams) he meets via The List. Say, you don't think she's in cahoots with Jonathan McQuarry do ya? Nahhhhh!!!

So yeah, McQuarry is really just using Wyatt so he can steal 20 million dollars from the big firm he works at. And how is he able to pull this off? They conveniently wash over all of those important details as McQuarry just happens to have all of the account numbers and passwords that Wyatt needs. How did he get those numbers and passwords? Who knows! That's movie magic for you right there folks!

So yeah, all the sex stuff appears to be nothing more than the writer's failed attempt at keeping our interest in an otherwise horribly predictable and unoriginal story. It's truly a cinematic embarrassment for all parties involved. It just goes to show us all once again that even if a movie manages to land some A-list celebrities, that doesn't mean they can turn a liquid shit script into something golden. Avoid this movie at all costs.

Lastly, here's a little suggestion for the marketing people: in the future, don't give away the scam on the friggin' poster for the movie.

Overall rating: Half
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Chaos Lord
Apr 21st, 2009, 02:50 AM
This movie made Murder At My Door look coherent.

But then, this was what the entire "Erotic Thriller" Genre is about.
Ba dum dum dum dum
Apr 21st, 2009, 07:24 AM
You missed the whole point!

The Deception was in tricking you into seeing an awful, awful movie.
Doctor Caliente
Apr 21st, 2009, 02:43 PM
Hugh, Hugh, Hugh/ Ewan, Ewan, Ewan... Oh what could've been. Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor have both been in some gawdawful movies... SO glad I didn't subject myself to this one. If these guys keep on this current path of awfulness they my become interchangeable with Mario van Peebles and Orlando Jones. (Two other actors that are often associated with colossally bad movies...)
Apr 22nd, 2009, 08:30 PM
Hugh Jackman starred in this so he could prepare for the mess that is the new Wolverine movie.
Apr 22nd, 2009, 09:27 PM
I only deal with Deception's that Tecmo is involved with.

No one saw what I did there...
The Magnificent Bastard
Apr 22nd, 2009, 11:31 PM
Tecmo's Deception.

I saw it.

Good reference.
Apr 23rd, 2009, 08:10 AM
also Kagero.
What Video Games?
Apr 23rd, 2009, 10:57 AM
Proof positive negative reviews are by default funnier than positive reviews.
Forum Virgin
Apr 24th, 2009, 09:02 PM
The least they could have done was make some good sex scenes, instead they just made me feel uncomfortable. How can Ewan MacGregor be so sexy in some things and then have the sex appeal of a sock full of vomit in this one?
Forum Virgin
Apr 25th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Hugh Jackman in a film is a good thing?
Apr 27th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Lastly, here's a little suggestion for the marketing people: in the future, don't give away the scam on the friggin' poster for the movie.
Double Jeopardy anyone? What a shit movie with the twist being the title...