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it_PP
's_BEZ
wednesday_NP
,_,
march_NP
27_CD
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
murder_NN
investigation_NN
is_BEZ
underway_RB
in_IN
charlotte_NP
,_,
south_NN
carolina_NP
._.
the_DT
crime_NN
:_:
a_DT
young_JJ
prostitute_NN
,_,
elizabeth_NP
(_(
renee_NN
zellweger_NN
)_)
,_,
has_HVZ
been_BEN
brutally_RB
slain_VBN
._.
one_CD
half_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
severed_JJ
body_NN
was_BEDZ
found_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
bag_NN
at_IN
the_DT
train_NN
station_NN
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
half_NN
was_BEDZ
discovered_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
trunk_NN
at_IN
the_DT
harbor_NP
authority_NN
,_,
miles_NNS
away_RB
._.
the_DT
police_NNS
duo_NN
of_IN
braxton_NP
(_(
chris_NP
penn_???
)_(
and_CC
kennesaw_NP
(_(
michael_NP
rooker_NN
)_)
are_BER
strapped_VBN
for_IN
leads_NNS
._.
at_IN
the_DT
moment_NN
,_,
they_PP
have_HV
only_RB
one_CD
possible_JJ
suspect_NN
:_:
wayland_NP
(_(
tim_NP
roth_NP
)_)
,_,
a_DT
wealthy_JJ
,_,
unemployed_JJ
genius_NN
who_WP
graduated_JJ
summa_NN
cum_FW
laude_VB
from_IN
princeton_NP
and_CC
appears_VBZ
to_TO
be_BE
the_DT
least_RBS
likely_JJ
character_NN
to_IN
commit_VB
such_DT
a_DT
heinous_JJ
act_NN
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
the_DT
premise_NN
for_IN
deceiver_NN
,_,
a_DT
new_JJ
thriller_NN
from_IN
the_DT
pate_???
brothers_NNS
,_,
jonas_NNS
and_CC
josh_NP
,_,
who_WP
made_VBD
their_PP$
mark_NN
on_IN
the_DT
film_NN
world_NN
two_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
at_IN
sundance_NN
with_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
the_DT
grave_NN
._.
deceiver_NN
plays_VBZ
out_RP
like_IN
a_DT
mind_NN
game_NN
between_IN
the_DT
intellectually_RB
superior_JJ
wayland_NN
and_CC
the_DT
two_CD
not-_???
so-bright_JJ
cops_NNS
(_(
captions_NNS
early_RB
in_IN
the_DT
proceedings_NNS
let_VB
us_PP
know_VB
that_CS
wayland_NP
's_POS
iq_???
is_BEZ
102_CD
;_;
by_IN
contrast_NN
,_,
kennesaw_NP
's_POS
is_BEZ
102_CD
and_CC
braxton_NP
's_POS
is_BEZ
102_CD
)_)
._.
the_DT
setting_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
police_NNS
interrogation_NN
room_NN
where_CS
a_DT
lie_NN
detector_NN
test_NN
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
be_BE
administered_JJ
._.
over_IN
three_CD
days_NNS
,_,
as_CS
wayland_NP
returns_NNS
to_IN
answer_NN
more_DT
questions_NNS
,_,
the_DT
drama_NN
and_CC
tension_NN
among_IN
these_DT
three_CD
characters_NNS
gradually_RB
escalates_NNS
until_IN
,_,
inevitably_RB
,_,
it_PP
boils_VBZ
over_IN
._.
other_JJ
plot_NN
elements_NNS
are_BER
thrown_VBN
in_IN
for_IN
good_JJ
measure_NN
._.
wayland_NP
suffers_VBZ
from_IN
a_DT
peculiar_JJ
kind_NN
of_IN
epilepsy_NN
that_CS
can_MD
,_,
in_IN
stressful_JJ
situations_NNS
,_,
render_VB
him_PP
virtually_RB
catatonic_JJ
or_CC
extremely_RB
violent_JJ
._.
braxton_NP
,_,
a_DT
compulsive_JJ
gambler_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
deep_JJ
in_IN
debt_NN
to_IN
a_DT
local_JJ
syndicate_NN
._.
and_CC
kennesaw_NP
is_BEZ
haunted_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
dark_JJ
,_,
abusive_JJ
side_NN
that_CS
delights_NNS
in_IN
terrorizing_VBG
women_NNS
,_,
especially_RB
his_PP$
wife_NN
(_(
rosanna_NP
arquette_NN
)_)
,_,
whom_WP
he_PP
suspects_VBZ
of_IN
being_BEG
unfaithful_JJ
._.
the_DT
foibles_NNS
and_CC
failings_NNS
of_IN
these_DT
three_CD
are_BER
brought_VBN
into_IN
the_DT
open_JJ
as_IN
the_DT
mystery_NN
around_IN
elizabeth_NP
's_POS
death_NN
deepens_VBZ
and_CC
it_PP
becomes_VBZ
unclear_JJ
who_NP
has_HVZ
the_DT
upper_JJ
hand_NN
:_:
the_DT
suspect_NN
or_CC
his_PP$
questioners_NNS
._.
deceiver_NN
,_,
which_WDT
mostly_RB
transpires_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
dimly-lit_JJ
room_NN
and_CC
involves_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
smart_JJ
dialogue_NN
,_,
has_HVZ
the_DT
feel_NN
of_IN
a_DT
david_NP
mamet_NN
play_NN
:_:
edgy_???
,_,
claustrophobic_JJ
,_,
and_CC
tense_JJ
._.
the_DT
atmosphere_NN
is_BEZ
explosive_JJ
,_,
and_CC
some_DT
of_IN
pivotal_JJ
moments_NNS
of_IN
confrontation_NN
are_BER
riveting_JJ
._.
deceiver_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
power_NN
to_IN
grab_NN
an_DT
audience_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
it_PP
succumbs_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
need_NN
to_IN
throw_NN
in_IN
one_CD
last_OD
,_,
unexpected_JJ
twist_NN
,_,
and_CC
this_DT
is_BEZ
its_PP$
undoing_NN
._.
for_IN
,_,
while_CS
this_DT
surprise_NN
will_MD
certainly_RB
shock_VB
most_DT
viewers_NNS
,_,
it_PP
also_RB
stretches_VBZ
our_PP$
credulity_NN
too_RB
much_RB
,_,
and_CC
raises_VBZ
more_DT
questions_NNS
than_CS
it_PP
answers_VBZ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
only_RB
an_DT
effective_JJ
wrap-up_???
if_CS
you_PP
don't_DO
think_VB
too_RB
carefully_RB
about_IN
its_PP$
full_JJ
implications_NNS
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
plays_NNS
fast_RB
and_CC
loose_JJ
with_IN
reality_NN
and_CC
logic_NN
._.
police_NNS
procedure_NN
is_BEZ
totally_RB
ignored_VBN
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
almost_RB
impossible_JJ
to_IN
accept_VB
that_RB
any_DT
criminal_JJ
investigation_NN
would_MD
or_CC
could_MD
proceed_VB
in_IN
this_DT
manner_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
real_JJ
focus_NN
in_IN
deceiver_NN
is_BEZ
on_IN
character_NN
interaction_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
plot_NN
details_NNS
._.
deceiver_NN
only_RB
occasionally_RB
gets_VBZ
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
police_NNS
station_NN
,_,
and_CC
those_DT
instances_NNS
occur_VB
primarily_RB
during_IN
flashbacks_NNS
featuring_VBG
the_DT
prostitute_NN
._.
the_DT
pates_NNS
employ_VB
a_DT
number_NN
of_IN
interesting_JJ
techniques_NNS
to_IN
present_JJ
vignettes_NNS
from_IN
elizabeth_NP
's_POS
final_JJ
days_NNS
and_CC
hours_NNS
._.
the_DT
most_DT
intriguing_JJ
of_IN
these_DT
is_BEZ
to_TO
use_VB
an_DT
unreliable_JJ
narrator_NN
while_CS
underlining_VBG
the_DT
discrepancies_NNS
in_IN
his_PP$
voice-over_NN
by_IN
visually_RB
showing_VBG
what_WDT
really_RB
happened_VBD
._.
moments_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
are_BER
too_RB
effective_JJ
to_IN
be_BE
dismissed_VBD
as_CS
gimmicks_NNS
._.
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
obviously_RB
fashioned_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
manner_NN
of_IN
classic_JJ
film_NN
noir_???
,_,
drips_NNS
atmosphere_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
some_DT
fascinating_JJ
stylistic_JJ
touches_NNS
;_;
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
although_CS
the_DT
setting_NN
is_BEZ
contemporary_JJ
,_,
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
telephones_NNS
are_BER
old-fashioned_JJ
,_,
rotary_JJ
models_NNS
._.
cinematographer_NN
bill_NN
butler_NN
is_BEZ
given_VBN
an_DT
opportunity_NN
to_IN
use_NN
unconventional_JJ
camera_NN
work_NN
to_IN
liven_JJ
up_IN
deceiver_NN
's_POS
look_NN
._.
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
things_NNS
he_PP
tries_VBZ
(_(
mostly_RB
those_DT
that_CS
involve_VB
the_DT
contrast_NN
between_IN
light_NN
and_CC
shadow_NN
)_)
work_NN
exceptionally_RB
well_RB
,_,
while_CS
others_NNS
(_(
like_IN
any_DT
of_IN
several_DT
lazy_JJ
susan_NP
shots_NNS
)_)
seem_VB
more_DT
like_IN
unnecessary_JJ
visual_JJ
tricks_NNS
._.
as_CS
wayland_NP
,_,
tim_NP
roth_NP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
top_NN
performance_NN
,_,
despite_IN
occasionally_RB
treading_VBG
the_DT
tightrope_NN
between_IN
acting_VBG
and_CC
overacting_VBG
._.
roth_NP
makes_VBZ
us_PP
believe_VB
that_CS
wayland_NP
is_BEZ
both_RB
as_IN
brilliant_JJ
and_CC
as_CS
troubled_JJ
as_IN
he_PP
's_BEZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
two_CD
leads_NNS
,_,
chris_NP
penn_???
and_CC
michael_NP
rooker_NN
,_,
aren't_BER
as_CS
effective_JJ
._.
both_RB
play_VB
their_PP$
characters_NNS
like_IN
familiar_JJ
types_NNS
._.
penn_???
's_BEZ
performance_NN
is_BEZ
uninspired_JJ
;_;
rooker_NN
's_BEZ
lacks_VBZ
subtlety_CD
._.
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
work_NN
is_BEZ
turned_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
the_DT
supporting_JJ
actors_NNS
._.
renee_NN
zellweger_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
role_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
miles_NNS
away_JJ
from_IN
her_PP$
star-making_NN
turn_NN
in_IN
jerry_NP
maguire_NP
,_,
brings_VBZ
a_DT
note_NN
of_IN
vulnerability_NN
and_CC
humanity_NN
to_IN
a_DT
part_NN
that_CS
could_MD
easily_RB
have_HV
become_VBN
a_DT
caricature_NN
._.
rosanna_NP
arquette_NN
is_BEZ
solid_JJ
as_CS
kennesaw_NP
's_POS
wife_NN
,_,
and_CC
michael_NP
parks_NNS
delivers_VBZ
several_DT
wonderful_JJ
scenes_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
psychiatrist_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
entrusted_VBN
with_IN
evaluating_VBG
wayland_NN
's_POS
condition_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
things_NNS
about_IN
deceiver_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
it_PP
never_RB
talks_NNS
down_IN
to_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
plot_NN
points_NNS
aren't_BER
hammered_VBN
home_RB
,_,
and_CC
,_,
although_CS
the_DT
ending_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
weaknesses_NNS
,_,
everything_PN
isn't_BEZ
spelled_VBN
out_RP
in_IN
bold_JJ
letters_NNS
._.
the_DT
pates_NNS
give_VB
audience_NN
members_NNS
credit_NN
for_IN
having_HVG
brains_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
an_DT
increasingly_RB
rare_JJ
characteristic_NN
for_IN
film_NN
makers_NNS
._.
occasionally_RB
gripping_JJ
and_CC
never_RB
uninteresting_JJ
,_,
deceiver_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
fine_JJ
noir_???
effort_NN
._.