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Overview 99 min www.deceived-themovie.com / www. cloudtenpictures.com
From the producers of "Left Behind: the Movie" comes "Deceived", a chilling 21st cent. supernatural thriller. Featuring the explosive talents of Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmos's Fire), Jefferson Mappin (Unforgiven), and Academy Award winner Louis Gosset Jor. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Deceived is both emotionally exhilarating and spiritually satisfying.
While promising to open the door to an entirely new type of warfare, a top-secret Pentagon experiment designed to unleach paranormal powers suddenly goes wildly out of control. At the same time an observatory in the Sierra Nevada Mountains receives a confirmed extraterrestrial signal.
With evidence that the two are somehow connected, Colonel David Garret (Gosset) rushes with a team of commandos to the observatory. Meanwhile, the billionaire who has funded the observatory gathers his own team, built around computer expert Jack Jones (Nelson), witht he goal of immediately sharing the signal with the entire world.
But as this edge-of-your-seat thriller begins to unfold, it becomes clear that the signal has a dark secret-and an even more ominous source. Before long, a trail of envy, lust, greed, and anger explodes into a sinister world of murder and betrayal. There is only one way out, but even if they can see it, will they believe it?
DVD special features: *fullscreen presentation*director's comments*deleted scenes*cast and crew bios*behind-the-scenes featurettes*bloopers and out-takes
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Actors: Cloud Ten Pictures, Michelle Nolden, Stewart Bick, Louis Gossett Jr., Deborah Odell
Directors: André van Heerden
Writers: John Patus, Paul Lalonde
Producers: Nicholas Tabarrok
Cinematographers: George Tirl
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
Region Code: 99
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: Unrated
Studio: Sony Pictures
Running Time: 100.00 minutes
Record Label Sony Pictures
Format AC-3 / Color / Dolby / DVD / Full Scr
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.48" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Apr 29, 2008
Publisher E1 Entertainment
ISBN 8901007037 ISBN13 9788901007038 UPC 745638006030
*sigh*...It came so close! Sometimes it seems like it is so difficult to find worthy Christian entertainment we will go to great lengths to be tolerant of near mediocrity.
I will start with the major disappointment of this film: it could have been SO much better with just a little tweaking. Here we have a film with high profile actors and a big budget for Cloud Ten, so much potential in the story line, and it falls short because the script is poorly developed.
As for the story, I'll set aside tragically incorrect assumptions of pre-tribulation rapture for now. The premise that alien encounters and paranormal activity are demonically driven is an important one to get across and should make for more compelling cinema than this example.
The casting was for the most part exceptional (Judd Nelson and Louis Gossett Jr, wow!). The dialogue for the most part was formula but okay, and some of the techno aspects lacked polish or were downright hokey. The initial lab sequence had some cool set features and lighting, good suspense and it grabbed. But it was downhill from there.
Some of the acting was really good, but too often the characters were caricaturized to such an extent that the actors struggled to make them believable. In the case of the preacher, I think he just gave up or had no idea who he was supposed to be. The hearing impairment aspect of the Jack character wasn't very well done. For one so profoundly deaf that turning down his hearing aid resulted in total silence, he exhibited none of the traits of deafness with any consistency.
The whole idea of gathering these particular characters together for a trek to the observatory/lab to hear a mysterious signal from outer space was awkward and flimsy. Viewers shouldn't be asking themselves questions like: is this really how it would be done were such a thing discovered?
When will filmmakers learn it's all in the details? An intelligent high-profile anchorperson would not walk around the Sierras in stillettos, period. Was the caricature-minister supposed to be a new age Enlightenment guru, a backwoods Southern preacher, or a bigtime televangelist? If the former, he should have sported a caftan or something, and dropped the preachy fake Southern aspect of the character. There was nothing cohesive in his speech, appearance or demeanor. It was as if they were trying to shove everything negative about church leadership into a "one world religion" character and it just didn't work.
When the cast walked into a dark empty lab out in the middle of nowhere they were weirdly "put out" - NO sense of suspense or alarm, and no real concern for the missing people even though the place was ransacked and there was a message in blood smeared on the wall! Come on, this is not how people would react in a situation like that... not even self absorbed, worldly unbelievers.
And etc. I liked the Jack and Smitty relationship, the paranormal experiments were very well done, and the spiritual disintegration of the characters contrasting with the awakening of Jack was great.
I really hated the hamster / desk scene.
By the way, the website could win academy awards, and the DVD extras were fun to watch.
All in all something to watch but not to buy.
IT STINKS TO THE HIGH HEAVENS Mar 25, 2005
Yeah i'd watch this silly movie and didn't understand one thing about it. Why don't they just spell it out and show what the bible say?
Are You Ready? Oct 18, 2004
While promising to open the door to an entirely new type of warfare, a top-secret Pentagon experiment designed to unleash paranormal powers suddenly goes wildly out of control.
Meanwhile, an observatory in the Sierra Nevada Mountains receives a confirmed extraterrestrial signal. With evidence that the two are somehow connected, Colonel David Garrett (LOUIS GOSSET JR.) rushes to the Observatory with his team of commandos.
The billionaire who funded the Observatory gathers his own team, led by brilliant computer expert Jack Jones (JUDD NELSON, The Breakfast Club, New Jack City). Wanting to share the news of this unique event with the world news organizations, the two teams attempt to verify its source. As the beam is repeatedly received and recorded at the Observatory, the tension among the teams mounts. And those who have heard the beam become obsessed and dangerous.
The signal has a dark secret -- and an even more ominous source. Before long, envy, lust and greed explode and create a sinister world of obsession and murder. There is only one way out of this disaster, but even if the team believes it, they may remain deceived.
This movie is one of the most rewarding films you will ever watch. It takes you through a maze of truth and reality in which your only reprieve are your instincts. Trust them: check this great film out!
Surprisingly Good Jul 22, 2004
I was pleasantly surprised by this DVD. I was expecting a low budget, poorly made film but what I saw was a well acted, believable premise that entertained me completely. Judd Nelson is very believable as the skeptic. In fact, he makes the film. I've always liked Nelson as an actor and in this film his talents show. Even though this is a low budget effort the finished product is quality.
Christian sci-fi? You better believe it!! Apr 13, 2004
Cloud Ten pictures try their hand at Sci-fi with "Deceived" and they don't do a bad job of it. It stars Judd Nelson, Louis Gossett Jnr and others.
A group of experts are called in to investigate a message of unknown origin thought to eminate from space. The writers give us an interesting and thought provoking story as well as making it quite thrilling.
SPOILER ALERT!! Compare it if you will to the movie "Contact" where "aliens" make contact with us. The question asked here is how do we know where these messages really come from and what happens if the "aliens" are in fact evil spirits.
All in all, an interesting film with good performances by it's lead actors. Watch this if you are interested in aliens and the like and if you like to think.