Lies & Illusions
|Lies & Illusions|
|Directed by||Tibor Takács|
|Produced by||Boaz Davidson
|Written by||Eric James|
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
|Music by||Stephen Edwards|
|Editing by||Jason A. Payne|
The film begins with self-help author Wes Wilson (Christian Slater) who has recently come out with his first best selling book. At the after-party, he meets up with an attractive woman named Samantha (Sarah Ann Schultz). They flirt, and he proposes publicly. He introduces her to his agent, who tries to talk Wes into writing a sequel. Wes dismisses the agent and takes Samantha to his car to leave the party early. They are attacked in the parking lot, and Samantha is knocked out and kidnapped.
Time passes slowly for Wes, who is haunted by his inability to save her. At a book signing, however, he meets Nicole (Christa Campbell), who says she is a reporter. He goes to her house for an interview, and they bond. A few more months pass and Wes and Nicole become a couple.
Suddenly a man named Isaac (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) who Wes had met before at the book signing, shows up and demands to know where some diamonds are. Wes runs away, and Isaac's main henchman Boone (Robert Giardina) and another give chase. Eventually Wes gets back to his apartment, only to find Samantha there. She apologizes but Wes is heartbroken that she would betray him. Samantha also tells him that Nicole wants the diamonds as well. Just then one of Isaac's henchmen shows up, and Samantha kills him. Wes is frightened, and leaves.
Isaac eventually kidnaps Wes and, using him as a lure, finds Samantha, who tells him where the diamonds are. Wes gets the diamonds, but decides to run away. Again Isaac and his henchmen give chase, and a shootout ensues. Isaac shoots Wes in the arm, and calmly takes the diamonds. Samantha escapes while Nicole helps Wes.
Isaac is shown admiring the diamonds on his jet, when Samantha comes out of the cockpit, showing that she has shot the pilot. She shoots Isaac twice, and jumps out of the jet. The plane crashes and Isaac dies.
Later, Wes is talking to his agent, Martin Rivera (Al Madrigal) about writing another book on his adventures, hinting it will be labeled as fiction. He thinks he sees Samantha outside, only to find it is someone else. About ready to give up, Samantha suddenly appears and uses the same pick up line he teased her with at the party at the opening of the film.
Boone sits down next to Wes' agent and says he has a plan for a book about recipes for couples who are having marital troubles.
- Christian Slater as Wes Wilson
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Isaac
- Sarah Ann Schultz as Samantha
- Robert Giardina as Boone
- Al Madrigal as Martin Rivera
- Christa Campbell as Nicole Williams
- Lochlyn Munro as Andrew Laughlin