Some movies don't make sense.
Exhibit A: "Deception," a thriller full of money, deception and baseball cards, which started off on a promising note, but rapidly became too absurd to really deal with. The only saving grace is Liam Neeson, but even his charm cannot keep "Deception" honest.
Young mother Bessie Faro (Andie MacDowell) is shattered when she learns that her husband Johnny (Viggo Mortensen) was in a fatal plane crash. Even worse, their joint plane company is about bankrupt. But when she goes to Mexico to identify the body, she finds that her husband has been making massive deposits in banks all over the world. The key to finding them: Johnny's baseball cards.
At first, Bessie is overjoyed at picking up the vast sums of money, since she can easily support herself and her young children with it for many years. But then she learns that the accounts are being closed -- is her husband still alive? The search brings her on a parallel path to a kindly humanitarian, Dr. Lamb (Liam Neeson).... and to the ugly truth about where her husband got all that money.
Buried inside "Deception" is a pair of movies. Not one, but two. One is about a rather dim housewife discovering her husband's Big Secret. The other is about gunrunners, embezzlement and murder. Unfortunately, this movie is mashed together into a logic-free, tedious mess.
Despite the international travels, there isn't much scenery in this movie, except some dusty streets and one pretty shot of Lamb and Bessie smooching atop the pyramid (are people allowed to climb those anymore?). Even more time is devoted to the baseball card trick, which seems too weird to be possible, and then to the even more improbable gunrunning scenario.
Mortensen does a passable job as Johnny Faro, but he's frankly in too little of the movie to really register. And what little time he has is spent in sneering and leering. MacDowell is passable at best, embarrassing at worst (crying into the freezer?). She's completely outshone by Neeson, who lends surprisingly pathos and warmth as a humanitarian who finds out his charity is funded by gunrunners.
The only redeeming factor is Neeson. Aside from him, "Deception" is doomed to fail by a pair of improbable plots, and a dimwitted housewife played by a famous model. Silly and overwrought.