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Running time
108 min.
United States United States
Mark Bomback
Ramin Djawadi
Dante Spinotti
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20th Century Fox / Seed Productions / Rifkin-Eberts / Media Rights Capital
Thriller. Mystery
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Synopsis / Plot
A simple enough question, but how Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) answers it will change his life forever. A corporate auditor adrift in a sea of New York's power elite, Jonathan's work is his entire life. But a chance meeting with Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman), a charismatic corporate lawyer, introduces Jonathan to a decadent playground for Manhattan's executive upper crust. For these power brokers, whose eighteen-hour workdays leave no time for a personal life, there's "The List" - a sex club, of sorts, where the right cell-phone number and four simple words ("Are you free tonight?") can lead to an evening's sexual fulfillment. It's a world of "intimacy without intricacy," as Jonathan's first conquest (or vice versa) explains to him, and through The List Jonathan discovers a side of himself that he didn't know existed. But an affair with a ravishing and mysterious stranger known to Jonathan only by her first initial 'S', will expose him to yet another world he never imagined - one of betrayal, treachery and murder.
Critics' reviews
  • "Deception is not the cool, noirish thriller it tries to be. Despite a cast (...) the film is a yawn. (...) the decadence and intrigue devolve into a preposterous turn of events. (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)."
  • "Deception sizzles and fizzles. (...) an overwrought and ultimately silly thriller. (...) Langenegger came from commercials, and he choreographs sexual gyrations as if the lingerie were being promoted. It's all very arty, though oddly not erotic."
  • "Mildly titillating, but not very good. (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)."
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