johnlink ranks DECEPTION (2008)

Can’t say that this was a movie I was highly anticipating. I had been wanting to check it out, but had several on the list above it. But, having said that, I’m glad that we did watch it. It’s a solid enough movie, well acted, and well worth a viewing.

DECEPTION is about a lonely guy (Ewan McGregor) who befriends a hotshot lawyer (Hugh Jackman) and falls in love with a mysterious woman (Michelle Williams). Then, the title happens.

I watched DECEPTION (2008) at movie night on 7.30.09. It was my first viewing of the film.

NOTE: THIS RANKING UTILIZES THIS SITE’S ORIGINAL SYSTEMIC ARTICLE WRITING METHOD. THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RANKINGS WERE ARRIVED AT, HOWEVER, REMAINS THE SAME.

FILM

This is a nice looking thriller, which has its roots in the erotic stuff of the 90s (i.e. DISCLOSURE). Though the script has its weaknesses, the filmmakers do not sell us short on intrigue and suspense. Most movies with predictable twists flounder to find identity outside of the deception. This movie, somehow, thrives more in the one-on-one character stuff. The twists and turns are window dressing for these people’s actions. Usually the plot dictates the characters’ actions. This, as it should be, felt the other way around. SCORE: 7

MOVIE

Not sure it is a movie which gets a lot out of a second viewing. The things you suspect will happen, do. The people you think will betray each other, do. It is sort of color by numbers in that respect. The fun is in the character interaction. SCORE: 6

ACTING

Both Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman are great. The former has been great in character stuff before, the latter not as much. They play off each other really well. McGregor sells the vulnerability, and it is then fun to see him become stronger. His chemistry with Michelle Williams is fantastic, though I feel like the movie needed another meeting or two between them before I’d really believe he’d be so bent out of shape. But that’s just me. SCORE: 8

WRITING

It’s strange that a movie which is so strong in character is so weak in plot surprises. There are a couple of twists which are so clearly telegraphed that it seems silly we are trying to be convinced that something else happened. The dialogue, though, is well crafted. It felt like a 90s movie in that sense. I just wish it didn’t feel so tied down to trying to surprise us. SCORE: 4

FINAL TALLY

FILM: 7; MOVIE: 6; ACTING: 8; WRITING: 4

7+6+8+4+0= 25

FINAL SCORE: 6.25

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~ by johnlink00 on July 30, 2009.

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