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Art of Deception
One of a Kind / Essence of Eternity

USA 2018
produced by
Jackie Nova, Richard Ryan for Ox Films
directed by Richard Ryan
starring Richard Ryan, Jackie Nova, Leon van Waas, Zac Titus, Craig Bruenell, Jerry Hansen, Christopher Erickson, Nicholas Talone, Rich Paul, Kelvin Nova, Daniel Pierce IV, Daniel Joo, Landall Goolsby, Tannis Hanson, Mark Sivertsen, Keenan Johnston, Brian King, Micah Fitzgerald, Lane Wray, Prince Toe, Scott Wilson, Brian Bruner, Christian Gangl, Jesse Janzen, Ray Cosico, Pelé Kizy, Fernando Gonzalez, Steve Dotson, Gabriel Caste, Joseph King, Marvin Hubbard, Summer Still, Mark Alyn, Clarence A. Barnes, Caroline Redekopp, Thomas R. Baker, Scott duPont, Anzu Lawson, Richard Baer, David Lundell, David Hoyt Lawlor, Mike Ryan, Gabe Ryan, Barbara Valentine (voice)
story by Richard Ryan, screenplay by Michael Marcelin, music by Simone Cilio, fight choreographer: Daniel Joo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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For maybe too long, Joseph Markham (Richard Ryan) has worked on a top secret CIA project to not notice it's a deadly virus, its cure, and a mind-controling micro chip that comes with the cure. Now that he has found out, he also has to realize, it might be too late, as Roland Smith (Leon van Waas), deputy head of the CIA's science department, wants him and his wife Valentina (Jackie Nova) dead. Joseph learns just in time to make a getaway, but he comes to late to save Valentina as well - but she's not killed yet, Slater (Zac Titus), CIA strongman, is to torture her husband's whereabouts out of her. But she's a tough cookie, and she tries time and again to fight Slater or escape, even though she's all tied up. And even though he pulls several of her teeth, she remains mum. Likesiwe, Joseph is quite successful in evading or even eliminating his pursuers, much more successful than his scientist status in the CIA would suggest. And while deputy Smith puts out a smear campaign against Markham, Markham plans to raid CIA headquarters to free his wife and get even with Smith. But as good a fighter as Markham might be, he stills fights an uphill battle and is grossly outnumbered ...


So ok, Art of Deception's basic plot seems at time a bit far-fetched, plus not all the action is terribly believable, but neither really matters, as Art of Deception leaves one hardly enough time to properly think things through, it's a very well-paced piece of action cinema with many a well-staged setpiece. But that's not to say it's just a dumb action flick, as far-fetched plot details and fights that sometimes defy a few laws of nature are things that this movie shares with many other genre entries, and as a whole, Art of Deception's premise is very relatable, and the characters' motivations seem believable, while the characters themselves are interesting enough to care. Basically, this one's a fun ride!


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