DECEIVER

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 1997
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes
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A sequel to “The Preppie Murder”? Not quite, but close enough. Tim Roth plays a spoiled rich, Ivy Leaguer with a multitude of nasty habits. He’s linked to the heinous butchery of a high priced call girl (Renee Zellwegger in an obvious attempt to do an about face from “Jerry Maquire”). Michæl Rooker and Chris Penn check in as the cops who interrogate the foppish socialite via a polygraph machine, but as the interrogations wear on it’s the epileptic yuppie who gets the better of them. “Deceiver” is not your typical crime drama, it’s a tangy duel of power, control and manipulation. Roth’s exuberant quirkiness goes a long way to keep the film moving, but first time film makers, Joshua and Jonas Pate, are so smug and self congratulatory with their Tarantino-esque stylization and contrived plot twists, that in the end, it’s the audience who gets deceived. -Tom Meek



Posted on December 8, 1997 in Reviews by
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