Deja Vu(released Nov/06)stars Denzel Washington as ATF agent Doug Carlin,Val Kilmer as FBI agent Paul Pryzwarra and James Caviezel as Carroll Oerstadt,the bomber.This is a taut thriller set in today but with an intriguing futuristic twist,guaranteed to keep you enthralled from beginning to end.
The setting is New Orleans and the place there is the Algiers Ferry dock.The ferry is loaded with armed forces personnel out in celebration and shortly after it leaves the dock,there is a huge explosion,condemning over 500 souls to their doom.Enter agent Carlin who is there investigating the carnage.He is an agent who is extremely on the ball and attention to detail is his forté.
During his probing a woman's body is found washed up on a nearby shore.It is first assumed it is just another body from the explosion,but its`placement on shore in conjunction to the boats demise is impossible as it would have to have floated there against the tide.Not only that but the ends of the fingers of one hand have been removed.Carlin attends the autopsy to find out the body was evidently placed there before the explosion and had nothing to do with the ferry blast;or did it?
Enter FBI man Pryzwarra who entreats Carlin to join in their investigation.He takes Carlin to some office where a group of folks are looking at seemingly real time four day old footage of the ferry,from any angle they choose and with sound.He is first told this is just new satellite techno stuff,but the explanation doesn't sit well with him.He goes along only so far until they are looking at the woman whose body was found,and who they have since identified,but is now alive,being,supposedly,four days before.The woman comments that she thinks she's being watched.Carlin pulls out a laser pen and points it into the picture,and the woman sees it.Carlin realizes what he is seeing is more than what they're telling him.It is finally revealed that this is top secret technology government researchers stumbled upon previously,and are now using for the first time here.
With Carlin fully in the picture,as it were,he is now able to identify the bomber,arrest him and learn what his steps were before and leading up the actual event.The team also sends Carlin a message into the past to help him stop the bombing before it happened,but it doesn't reach him and instead his partner gets it,and gets himself killed following the lead.Carlin then asks for himself to be sent back in time.Although never done with a human before he takes a terrible risk.He travels back to the day of the bombing but at a hospital,where he is revived as his heart stopped,as it was feared would happen.Once out of the hospital he saves the woman and together they tackle the problem at hand;stopping the bomber.They arrive at the ferry dock and the woman disobeys Carlin's pleadings to stay behind.She gets captured and tied to the steering wheel of the truck with explosives in it,but between her and Carlin they take the bomber down.They drive the truck off the ferry but only the women escapes and Carlin gets killed in the explosion.
In the aftermath the woman is told by authorities to sit tight while an agent is coming to interrogate her about the explosion.The agent comes and the movie fades to black.
The movie,produced in conjunction with Jerry Bruckheimer,is well crafted and ably directed by Tony Scott.The film is in an off colour sepia-like tone which enhances the movies feel throughout.Washington has got game as has the entire cast.I always like movies that start out going in one direction but branch off and head in another,and this is one of them.The original Predator,where a group of army types is on a rescue mission and are later fighting for their lives against of all things,an alien,is just one example.This movie starts off as a "routine" investigation of a terrorist act in New Orleans,then suddenly vaults into the realm of Sci Fi with the use of secret government controlled time travel.And thanks to the great direction and editing,and attention to detail,the film works on alot of different levels.
Technically speaking the film is in its original a/r of 2:35:1.It's clear and crisp and includes commentary,a featurette,and deleted and extended scenes.
All in all a highly recommended bit of filmmaking by the late Tony Scott(I never thought I would be saying that about a director whose works I really admired),who passed much too soon.This film will have you on the edge of your seats from start to finish.