Deceiver Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Deceiver the Movie

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Contrived psychological thriller starts out with the requisite dead prostitute (Zellwegger, in a questionable career move) and the rounding up of the usual suspects, settling on disturbed but brainy Princeton grad Wayland (indie film icon Roth). Wayland uses his superior I.Q. and penchant for mind games to send head detectives Kennesaw and Braxton (Rooker and Penn) into a tailspin of deceit and lies, turning the investigation around on the gritty cops. Flashy camera work only adds to the tangled mayhem. Fine performances from talented cast bring this up a notch. Twin directors Jonas and Joshua Pate's convoluted spin on a noirish murder mystery follows up their 1996 debut, "Grave."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 102 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Psycho-Thriller, Contemporary Noir, Cops, Oldest Profession, The 3rd Degree
Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
Renee Zellweger, Tim Roth, Christopher Penn, Michael Rooker, Ellen Burstyn, Rosanna Arquette
Bill Butler
Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
Harry Gregson-Williams

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