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What it's about:

Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is a lonely corporate auditor who spends his life moving silently from one corporate company to another. He has no social life and certainly not much of a sex life until a chance meeting with the enigmatic lawyer, Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) introduces him to a mysterious sex club where the right cellphone number and these four simple words – "Are you free tonight?" – can lead to an evening's sexual fulfillment. It's 'intimacy without intricacy'. Soon Jonathan is enjoying his new sexual freedom and meeting professional businesswomen at various hotels for nights of anonymous sex. Then Jonathan meets a sultry young woman known only as 'S' and suddenly his life is turned upside down when he becomes embroiled in a world of theft, kidnapping and murder.

What we thought of it:

Deception is a formulaic thriller but it makes for a titillating hour-and-a-half – just don't take it too seriously. Although the storyline is contrived, the lead actors (Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman) elevate the movie somewhat from its quick descent into mediocrity. Jackman's suave charismatic menace plays up nicely against McGregor's nerdy, lonely angst.

Cinematographer Dante Spinotti (LA Confidential [1997], The Insider [1999]) does his best to create dark, moody and atmospheric sets and first-time director Marcel Langenegger does a fair job with the weak script.

Die-hard thriller fans, will guess the plot way ahead of time and it's slightly annoying to watch poor Jonathan plod his way along, oblivious to the depths of skullduggery taking place.

- Donna Cooper

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