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Deja Vu (2006) PG-13 128min

November 11th, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 4,334 Views


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Déjà Vu was directed by Tony Scott, producer and director of such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Tristan and Isolde, In Her Shoes, Man on Fire, Big Time, Spy Game, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Top Gun and many many more including TV series NUMB3RS. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

The plot: Middle-aged ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) who investigates a car-bomb explosion on a ferry boat in New Orleans, which is linked to a murder of a young woman, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). If he can solve her murder, he’d be able to solve the terrorist act as well. He is invited by FBI Agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) to join the surveillance team leaded by Jack McCreedy using a time-window and Einstein-Rosen bridge (worm-hole) trough seven satellites to go back in time by four and a half days. Using this unbelievable super cool technology they try to follow her last moments to solve the crime. During the investigation Doug falls in love with the woman and tried to change destiny to save her.

I love time-travel movies like Ghost and The Frequency the way I love ice-cream: best thing in the world when you look at it through the eyes of a 4-year old. Maybe I am just easy to please… I loved how these guys invented time travel by drawing some pictures and folding paper. It was almost like watching “Total Recall”. Totally implausible, but cool story with ATF agent traveling in time to save the girl and 500 other people without worrying much that the universe is going to implode. Who needs universe if the girl is not around? Cool car chase on the Hummer. Descent acting. Weak ending.

DVD Bonus features include: mechanics of ferry explosion (yes, a real ferry was blown up, but two weeks later it was restored and is now in operation), development of the character of Doug Carlin, special effects, split time car chase, stunts and more.

A pretty cool time shifting flick with a lot of things designed to shock and awe: the car chase, the big explosion, the gadgets, the violence. If you liked it, you might also like “The Frequency“.

Trivia: filming was interrupted and resumed after hurricane Catrina.

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  • 1 Todd Yoshikawa // Nov 12, 2007 at 9:39 am

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    I didn’t see this movie, but if you like time travel movies, check out “Primer”. For me, I thought it was pretty complex in terms of the plot and the timelines that were created. Then I saw a write-up of it in Wikipedia, and then I realized it was even more complex than I had realized. Minor point of debate: I don’t think Ghost really qualifies as a time travel movie, and Frequency to me is more of a time shift/displacement movie rather than time travel.

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