‘Deception’ Blu-ray Review
Erotic thrillers can be very good if they are well written; if the script is not there not even the best of talent can save the film. The last erotic/romantic thriller that I enjoyed was the film with Richard Gere and Diane Lane in ‘Unfaithful’. Besides the great acting by Gere, Lane, and company the script was excellent. In 2008, we have a new erotic thriller arriving on Blu-ray. ‘Deception’ is directed by Marcel Langenegger and written by Mark Bomback, they both go for a certain style that keeps the film interesting but there is a lot of been there done that feeling.
The story of ‘Deception’ begins with Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) whom is an accountant that lives a simple life, but a mistake ends up costing him more than he can imagine. Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman) is a lawyer that meets Jonathan over some business and they quickly become best of friends. The more and more they hang out with each other building a strong friendship. Wyatt has to leave on a business trip to London and this is where by mistake Jonathan grabs Wyatt’s phone by mistake and vice versa since they have identical phones. Neither of the two even realize they have the wrong phones until Wyatt is in London, but by then it is too late.
Wyatt tells Jonathan, that he can use the phone until he gets back. The fun and games begin now that Jonathan has the phone, as he starts to receive phone calls from a woman asking if he is available for the evening. The horny toad Jonathan gets excited and accepts her offer. Jonathan finds himself at a lucrative and secretive sex club for the rich. Of course Jonathan does the dirty deed with the woman that called the cell phone. Jonathan now is super excited about this so he decides that he is going to start calling any numbers on Wyatt’s address book as he finds himself sleeping with a lot of women. Then the next woman that he meets goes by the name of ‘S’ (Michelle Williams). Jonathan has a crazy attraction for ‘S’, to the point where he is ready to quit being the horny toad and settle down. Does Jonathan know what he is getting himself into?
‘Deception’ is one of those erotic thrillers that really bring back memories of some of the 80’s style with films like ‘9 ½ Weeks’ and ‘Fatal Attraction’. My problem with ‘Deception’ is the crazy story; it seems to be a little too forced in a few scenes. Also the relationship between Jonathan and Wyatt just didn’t feel real to me at the beginning of the film which is part of the problem that I had at the beginning of the film. The film tends to steer in a few different directions too, which personally hurt the flow. I have seen McGregor, Jackman, and Williams in other roles where they nearly stole the show. I think it comes down to these three actually tugging this film along; if B-list or C-list talent were used I am afraid the film would have fallen apart. I am glad that they went with the characters that were chosen for the roles.
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC codec with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. For a film that has a story that is just ok, the transfer is amazing and demo worthy. This print is pristine, clean, very detailed, and colors just jump off the screen. This is why FOX engineers are really doing a fantastic job with the picture quality of their Blu-ray releases. Of course, there is the apparent film grain which we are seeing more and more of with films jump to high definition. When it is natural film grain, I have no qualms at all and that is what we are presented with on this transfer. The audio is presented in a DTS-MA HD 5.1 mix and it sounds rather beautifully. This is a film that is dialogue heavy and all the sounds for the most part is coming through the center channel very cleanly and is crisp. Whenever there are sound effects, all speakers are working and you will hear sounds throughout the film that you wouldn’t expect.
•Commentary with Director Marcel Langenegger.
•Featurette: Exposing Deception
•Featurette: Club Sexy
While the story is very thin with ’Deception’, it is an erotic thriller that feels like a throwback to some of the thrillers from the 80’s. I recommend ’Deception’ as a rental and if you are a huge fan of erotic thrillers, then I would say you can’t go wrong with purchasing this film. My only complaint is the disjointed story, but there are a lot of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. FOX out does themselves yet again with a demo disc where the picture and audio quality is top notch.
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