Deception is a twisty thriller in which things are not what they appear until
everything gets sorted out by about a dozen outrageous plot twists in the
last few minutes. The cast is good. It stars Obi-Wan, Wolverine and Michelle Williams.
I can't really tell you whether the actual film is any good because the
sound is all screwed up in the screener and I really couldn't tell exactly
what was going on, although I got the general idea, and it seems to be the
same old stuff we've seen dozens of times before.
Deception was released at the end of April into 2000 theaters and
promptly challenged for the
all time record for the lowest gross among films distributed that
widely, finishing a strong seventh in that category. It was released almost without publicity. In fact, I wasn't aware it
would be released until about ten days before it hit the theaters, and the
only advance fanfare I saw was a little interview with Ewan MacGregor in
which he said that he got worn out from all the sex scenes he had to film.
Poor guy. My heart goes out to him.
Despite Ewan's vigorous protestations, there's isn't that much sex, and
the heavily edited nudity is all in the first 26 minutes.
Michelle Williams does sex scenes with both of her co-stars, but shows
nothing. Natasha Henstridge removes her top, but her nudity is spoiled by
poor lighting and cutaway editing. Charlotte Rampling gets topless, but her entire scene is
only about 30 frames long, so it's over in about a second. (I captured
some stills for this reason.) The rest of the sex scenes are combined into
a single montage in which I don't know the women, and I don't know which
body parts go with which faces. As in the other scenes, the montage
sequence is made less erotic by the rapid-fire editing. But you'll see all
that for yourselves in a minute.
(Maybe there will be an unrated DVD some day, or at least a ton of
deleted and extended scenes. Would be nice. It is scheduled to hit DVD on
September 23rd, but so far there are no details available.)
Rampling. This lady
appears to be willing to break Jessica Tandy's record for "oldest woman
to do a nude scene." To be fair, she can still look pretty darned good
if the cinematographer knows what he's doing. Sample below.
Montage sequence. There are
many different women here. These are apparently the scenes that got Ewan
thinking about workman's comp.