Eventually, the fascinations inherent in the script are never credibly sustained when it comes to plausibly explaining how Tim Roth comes to know so much about the two detectives backgrounds. The basic premise is also contrived it is difficult to believe that a suspect such as Roth would enter a police interrogation room without a lawyer, who almost certainly would have shielded him from much of the questioning that goes on. In other words, it is a scenario that has been contrived for the purposes of the story. Tim Roth certainly has fun in his role. Michael Rooker is (yet again) cast in full wife beater mode, a role he has demonstrated an alarming predilection for.
Deceiver is a film that starts well, but eventually loses it. A much better film that came out around the same time with essentially the same plot one where the suspect in an interrogation plays psychological games with the police was the superb Australian thriller The Interview (1998).
Twin brothers Jonas and Josh Pate had previously made the Gothic film The Grave (1996) and have mostly worked in television. Their one other major venture into genre cinema was as the creators, producers and writers of the short-lived tv series Surface (2005-6) about the discovery of a sentient lifeform on the ocean floor. On his own, Jonas Pate went onto work as a producer, sometimes director on tv series such as Bionic Woman (2007), Caprica (2009-10) and Prime Suspect (2011-2). Jonas has also directed the web-series Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (2012).
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