Ken Tucker
August 20, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Deception

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/25/08
performer
Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams
director
Marcel Langenegger
author
Mark Bomback
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Lachlan Harriot?ex-doctor, househusband, and father?narrates the tale of his wife, Susie, a forensic psychologist who was recently convicted of murdering both her patient, a serial killer named Andrew Gow, and Gow?s wife Donna. Initially seeking to prove Susie?s innocence, Lachlan combs through her letters, e-mails, and clinical notes to discover layers of (good title) deception. That quality also extends to Lachlan himself, who proves a neurotically unreliable narrator harboring his own furtive obsessions, including sex with the family nanny and (a joke that?s not really a joke) an excessive fondness for marzipan. Deception‘s Glaswegian novelist Denise Mina?as though feeling liberated from her highly praised yet assiduously downbeat Garnethill trilogy?has written a stand-alone shocker that?s exhilarating in its energetic, witty sordidness.

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