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Everyone has experienced the unsettling mystery of déjà vu--that flash of memory when you meet someone new you feel you've known all your life or recognize a place even though you've never been there... View more >
intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images and some sensuality
Starring Denzel Washington, Jim Caviezel, Paula Patton... View more >
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Boy, did this surprise me. Tony Scott hasn't made a good movie since the 90's, and he peaked early in that decade with "True Romance", but he practically had a free pass on that considering it was penned by Tarantino. Based on the trailers, I thought this would be terrible. Maybe it's just because my expectations were low, but I had a whole lotta fun with "Deja Vu"
The story centers on a terror attack on a ferry filled with Navy servicemen in post-Katrina New Orleans (a ballsy decision in itself, and Scott doesn't shy from showing the still-present damage to the city). Denzel is the ATF agent investigating the attack, and when he provides the only lead in the case he's brought in on a top-secret new government program. Here's where things get heady. No matter what the trailers may have you believe, "Deja Vu" is not a techno-thriller. It's scifi. And it's good scifi to boot.
Time travel is the name of the game, and Scott and his team have as much fun with the concept as has been had since the first two "Terminator" movies. The high point is the first truly orginal car chase scene since the first car chase ever to grace the screen. Yes, it's that cool.
Unfortunately, this high point comes near 2/3s mark in the film, and the last act becomes less of an ambitious scifi flick and more standard race-against-time suspense. Still, even this last act is well-executed and well-acted, which keeps it from being stale, but after so much freshness it's disappointing to see it fall back into the rut Scott's been running for so many years.
The time travel aspect also has plot holes roughly the size of Texas if you care to look for them, but if you're well-versed enough in physics to dismiss it as following the alternate-universe theory you'll cover them up (and probably feel a bit less satisfied with the results of the film's climax, but whatever).
Overall, though, "Deja Vu" is a truly original and effective thriller, which should be enough for fans of the genre considering all the remakes and sequels being released week after week. Denzel is good as always, the action is tightly-paced and suspenseful, Scott's directing has been tightened, and then there's that car chase, which is worth the price of admission alone. *** out of 4.
"Deja Vu" is a action thriller with a little bit of "Back to the Future." a film that's dear to my heart. Denzel Washington plays a agent who is out to stop a bombing of a ferry boat wwhich is loaded with sailors. Even if that means going back in time to do it. What I like about the film, beside the acting by Washington is the action level is never this high, and the the fact that Washington is going back in time, the film never got to the level of a Sci-fi movie.
A strong cast, plus some innovative elements, almost move this to a "see now".
Movie was good but I would wait for the rental
Excellent story line, excellent plot, Denzel pulls off another incredible performance, don't miss it on the big screen...