April 25th, 2008



No valid json found

Still of Ewan McGregor in DeceptionStill of Hugh Jackman in DeceptionHugh Jackman and Michelle Williams at event of DeceptionStill of Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams in DeceptionStill of Michelle Williams in DeceptionStill of Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman in Deception

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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.9/10 (19,257 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director: Marcel Langenegger

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams

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.

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 - Tennis Player
Dante Spinotti - Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
Karolina Muller - Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
Agnete Oernsholt - Woman at Waldorf Astoria
Melissa Rae Mahon - Velvet Rope Dancer #1
Rachel Montez Collins - Velvet Rope Dancer #2
Holly Cruikshank - Velvet Rope Dancer #3
Deborah Yates - Tango Dancer
Bill Camp - Clancey Controller

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


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [United States] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 25 April 2008

Filming Locations: Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,312,146 (USA) (27 April 2008) (2001 Screens)

Gross: $4,597,760 (USA) (22 June 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Had a seven-week shoot.

Revealing mistakes: 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.

Jonathan McQuarry: [after having sex with a woman in The List] Can I ask you something? Why do you do this?
Wall Street Belle: For the same reason that men do it - the economics of the arrangement. It's intimacy without intricacy. I work past midnight almost every night.

User Review

Mostly rubbish

Rating: 4/10

Two things to say about this film.

Firstly, what an astoundingly rubbish title for a movie. "Deception"??? Oh, come on. Can you think of a more non-committal, less interesting, less imaginative title for a movie? I can't. All thrillers are about deception, of one kind or another.

"Deception" originally went into production under the title "The List". Hmm... Well... OK. I admit it. That title is also pretty bad. Then, "Deception" was going to be called "The Tourist". Now, I kind of like that. Sounds art house and kind of strange. Conjures up images of an observer, an outsider. Somebody not in the loop. In fact, pretty much the character that Ewan McGregor plays.

Secondly, what a completely rubbish movie! OK, maybe not completely rubbish. Just mostly rubbish.

"Deception" is a good 20 minutes too long. After a while it just seems to go on and on. The climax is misjudged and mistimed. The sex is typical Movies 24 soft core erotica, or maybe a Friday night Channel 5 movie from the early Noughties. You know the kind of thing. Soft focus humping to a soundtrack of screaming saxophone driven jazz. (Mind you don't trip over the cliché, there chief!) Also, every plot twist in "Deception" is signposted way in advance. If you don't get at least one of the major plot twists then, frankly, you really should give up watching movies. Pretty lame, pretty dull, pretty bad movie.

I said 'mostly rubbish', so some of it must have been good. Yes?

I did like the film's chilly, European ambiance. I liked the idea of powerful people, too isolated and too busy to develop human relationships. I liked Hugh Jackman's well dressed and cold instigator, Ewan McGregor's lonely accountant and Michelle Williams' bruised vulnerability. I thought all three leads made the most of their underwritten roles, but sadly it was not enough.

There is plenty of space in this world for a good, sexualised thriller (see the original "Basic Instinct"), but sadly "Deception" was nothing like a good sexualised thriller.


Comments are closed.