Deception (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Fox || R - 108 minutes - $39.98 || September 23, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-02


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Marcel Langenegger
Writer(s): Mark Bomback (written by)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams


Theatrical Release Date: April 25, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • A Passionate Process: Dissecting Deception (BD Exclusive)
  • Exposing Deception: The Making of the Film
  • Club Sexy
  • Added Deception: Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is just an ordinary accountant - almost every week he works at a different places going over their numbers and never having enough time to really find a friend. One late night at work a lawyer named Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) befriends the quite, nerdy Jonathan and soon they start a very unusual friendship.

After meeting several times, they accidentally managed to switch cell phones and while Wyatt is away in France for business, Jonathan begins to receive mysterious phone calls. These phone calls, all of which are identified with numbers, are women that just want to have some good no-strings-attached Sex, and the person that makes the call is the one who pays. After doing this several times Jonathan manages to fall for a girl that he knows only as "S" (Michelle Williams) and soon, Wyatt re-emerges, captures her, and forces Jonathan to defraud a law firm for the tune of $20 million dollars! Who didn't see that coming?

Before I even began watching this film I had already read the reviews. Many were calling it pathetic, boring and downright stupid. Well, luckily for me I went into it with low expectations and they were met exactly at that - low. The films plot borders on tedious boring acts that make the viewer question what they are really watching. Too many times I found myself wondering how stupid Wyatt really was and how easy it would have been for Jonathan to just catch him in the act.

For one, the film portrays Jonathan as an idiot. First, when "S" is kidnapped and he is badly hurt who does he call? The cops. Huh? This is supposed to be a top secret sex list and you are getting the cops involved? Fine, but where does that plot go? Nowhere. Yep, as much as Detective Russo bumbles from scene to scene she adds very little to the film and is no way even connected to the outcome of it. How about the phone swap? How do you manage to switch you're phone with someone else's and not know about it for hours later? Fine...let's go with that, but why would you call the other person (i.e. your phone) and leave a voice mail when there is no way the other person would even know you're password unless you pre-programmed it in which is pretty damn unlikely?

Overall the film just tends to have too many convenient plot holes which makes the film turn into an uneven mess. I won't even bother describing the horrible “death” scene or the stupidity of Jonathan at the end of the film. Skip this one. There are far better films to spend your money on.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in HD.

Commentary with Director Marcel Langenegger - Exactly what I want to do; listen to someone talk about how great this bad movie is. Pass on this. It’s incredibly dry and offers very, very little.

A Passionate Process: Dissecting Deception (Profile 1.1/2.0 Player) - Fox actually did an amazing job with this U-Control-like track where you get tons more behind the scenes footage and information. Glad to see Fox is really starting to utilize Profile 1.1 features. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Exposing Deception: The Making of the Film (18 Minutes) - You know the drill for this feature - its back patting and the typical fluff we come to expect. Though I have to admit, this is more entertaining than the commentary track.

Club Sexy (10 Minutes) - This little feature brings you behind the scenes with several interviews with sex therapists (and some of the actors) on real sex clubs...yeah.

Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending (5 Minutes) - If the films 108 minute run time wasn't enough for you, then you get 3 more throwaway scenes and an alternate ending. I actually did dig the Alternate Ending though.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Deception is presented in 2.40:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. While the film may suck, picture quality is very nice. Colors are a bit subdued, but several scenes in the Chinese restaurant pop with color and blacks look great. My only complaint is the unusual placement of grain where some scenes are very light followed by a thick layer of it.

Fox has included an English DTS MA 5.1 track for this release. This is yet another nice track with dialog that sounds great and the slight musical noise bustling throughout. This film punches a hell of a lot of bass - at one point, it was strong that it knocked a picture off my wall. My only small complaint is that a few times it was hard to make out what Jackman was saying.



.::OVERALL::.

Deception is filled with so many plot holes and "Huh" moments that the average viewer wouldn't want to actually sit through it. Do yourself a favor and pass on this release. As much as I like Hugh Jackman...he couldn't save this film for me.