Deception Review, by Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide

New York City-based accountant Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is a man alone. The transient nature of his work -- he moves from company to company, auditing corporate accounts -- militates against making friends on the job, and the long hours ensure that he's still at a desk (not his desk, mind you, just a desk) when most people are out socializing. Factor in natural reserve and insecurity, and you have a recipe for a guy doomed to watch life pass him by. Attorney Wyatt Bose (Jackman), the self-possessed product of power and privilege, is Jonathan's polar opposite: Charming, outgoing and suffused with a slightly feral confidence that makes women want him and men want to be him. Their paths cross late one night in a corporate conference room, where an unlikely friendship blossoms in a haze of marijuana smoke. Wyatt is Jonathan's entrée into The List, an exclusive sex club catering to type-A overachievers who want "intimacy without intricacy" or, by implication, the dangers inherent in buying sexual services. The List has only a few roles, but Jonathan heedlessly breaks the first and most important when he recognizes his latest anonymous hook up, "S" (Michelle Williams), as the woman for whom he's been pining since they exchanged a few words on a late-night train. They talk the night away, then go on a real date that ends up at a romantically seedy Chinatown hotel, at which point everything goes terribly wrong. S is brutally abducted, the police doubt Jonathan's story and Wyatt reveals the cold-eyed predator behind the smiling mask: He'll help Jonathan get her back, but only if Wyatt does something for him.


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