Deja Vu (2006) – reviewed by George

Directed by Tony Scott and written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, this is one hell of a ride. On Fat Tuesday of Mardi Gras, Navy personnel head off their ship, meet their families, and start across the Mississippi on a ferry. A huge bomb goes off mid-river and the entire ferry becomes a mass of flames and dark smoke rising to the sky. Doug Carlin (pronounced car-LIN) of the ATF and Paul Pryzwarra of the FBI are assigned to work the case. These leads are played by Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. Pryzwarra works with a highly technical group which possesses a machine that ties into security cameras all over New Orleans (within a certain radius) and has the capacity to look at locations in the city at a time four and a half days ago, through a process they call space-folding. Paul invites Doug to join the group and help them try to spot the bomber (a very sinister Jim Caviezel). Hard to do; would be easier if it were 24 hours ago. The team consists of Denny (Adam Goldberg), Gunnars (Elden Henson), and Shianti (Erika Alexander). Anyway Doug is very smart and soon realizes that the machine will do much more.
At the same time a young woman is found murdered near the docks, and Doug is able to show that she was killed by the bomber. She is Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton), killed because the bomber needed her truck to transport the bomb to the dock area.
Doug feels that the machine can be used to prevent the bombing, though everyone on the team thinks they can only observe the past, not interact with it. Several times it looks like Doug’s efforts to save Claire and to stop the bomber are only facilitating the path to the tragedy, especially when Doug’s partner ATF Agent Minuti (Matt Craven) is killed.
Exciting, action-filled, and also challenging because of the space-folding explanations, I think this is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time.

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One Response to Deja Vu (2006) – reviewed by George

  1. nita166 says:

    Geroge we completely agree about this film. I’m so happy you posted a review before I did, I simply didn’t know where to open the review. You outlined it perfectly.

    From start to finish I was stuck to the screen. I will make mention if you miss anything in between you simply have to start it all over. It is one of those films that every single frame counts. Understated and big at the same time. At first it might seem kind of confusing but as it comes together it is a big WHAM. I was so surprised by the end. I’m normally good at predicting things as the film goes along, but not this one. I know it is not a Halloween film per say but I say watch it anyway. You will not be disappointed.

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