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4.0 out of 5 stars The Minority report meets Time Cop!
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...
Published on Sept. 12 2012 by Robert Badgley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu... but in a good way.
If you can ignore the inherent problem with any time travel, then this film can be quite the enjoyable, escapist thrill ride.

Directed by the late Tony Scott, this film has a fantastic visual flair, that is ingrained in all of his films, and a story that allows for snappy characters, engaging plot and enthralling set pieces.

Definitely worth the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Minority report meets Time Cop!, Sept. 12 2012
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Robert Badgley (St Thomas,Ontario,Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deja Vu (Bilingual) (DVD)
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He killed her four days ago! You were at the funeral, what's wrong with you?, Sept. 7 2007
This review is from: Deja Vu (Bilingual) (DVD)
An ATF agent, Doug Carlin, is called in to investigate a ferry explosion.
During his investigation he stumbles upon the body of a murdered girl. He knows she is somehow connected to the bombing. With the help of some very high-tech, Einstein inspired, government equipment, he is able to watch the last four days of her life.
As he watches her last moments, he cannot stop himself from falling in love with her and becomes determined to recover her life. Carlin needs to travel back in time, save the girl and stop the terrorist, but has to be quick for the clock is ticking....
A Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration is always worth watching as they usually deliver a movie with an intricate plot, thrilling action sequences, and characters that are driven by their emotions. These are rare qualities in action movies to-day. Déjà vu is no exception for it has all these qualities and more. The supporting cast is fantastic, a sublime Adam Goldberg makes a great super intelligent and witty side kick to Washington and Jim Caviezel is unnerving as the psychopath who believes his actions are for a greater good. Be warned; if you are a Val Kilmer fan, you will be a little bit disappointed as he seems to be a bystander in most events and not a participant. I have the impression that most of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.

Like all time travel stories it will leave you with questions e.g. if this event did not take place how come Carlin knew to go back and stop it happening. Unfortunately as with all time travel tales I don't think this can be avoided but don't get too hung up about it; just let it wash over you and enjoy the film. The ending is slightly weak and leans towards the saccharin but you can forgive Déjà Vu these few flaws. This is the thinking person's action movie and after you have watched it you will probably be compelled to watch it all over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Déjà vu" is a trip worth remembering, June 23 2007
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Jenny J.J.I. "A New Yorker" (That Lives in Carolinas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deja Vu (Bilingual) (DVD)
This movie was incredible and quite interesting. Despite the fact that many folks seem to embrace Ridley Scott's grandiose directorial style, they often refer to younger brother Tony's work as "amateurish." I on the other hand can't help but be wowed by Tony Scott's flashy, in your face, kinetic editing style. "Déjà vu" would have been "just another thriller" had it not been for Scott's trademark touches. That being said it's Scott's style coupled with some solid performances that are the only things holding together what otherwise probably would have been just another dumbed down Bruckheimer explosion fest helmed by Michael Bay. It's also heartwarming to know that the film was shot on location in New Orleans post-Katrina.

We may have time travel, time warp movies before but "Déjà Vu" is special in that the production made the city of New Orleans, its people and landscapes very much 'a character in the film. The performances from the leads were solid all around. Denzel is of course... well he's Denzel. When he rants and raves on the big screen he commands the attention of the other characters as well as the audience. Val Kilmer pulls his own weight, literally, putting on the pounds to amply play a supporting role. His performance is pretty straightforward, but the performance I was both impressed and disappointed was Jim Caviezel's. As much as I was wowed by his character I was so intrigued by him that it made me a bit disappointed hat he got such little screen time. True they did describe in brief what motivated him to do the things he did but it all felt so rushed as he only showed up as the film was hitting it's stride. Producer-turned-actress Paula Patton is beautifully exotic, which makes Denzel's decision to save her digestible. Adam Goldberg as stereotypical looking scientist provides welcome comic relief, aptly punctuating tense or mind-numbing scenes.

Nonetheless, "Déjà vu" is a good, neat thriller, even if it doesn't pack a punch or feel as twisted and comfortably numbing as "Domino," "Man On Fire," "True Romance," or even Scott's earlier works." Déjà vu" might explain the all-too- familiar characters or the never-ending cycle of love interests that just has to lay its turf in every adventure film. At the end credits, it's thoughtfully included that the film is dedicated to the strength and enduring spirit of the people of New Orleans. Action fans will have a good time with it, thriller fans will love it,
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think I have seen this before, June 3 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deja Vu (Bilingual) (DVD)
Looks like a bit of terrorist hanky panky is about to take place; we get a front row first hand view of the action. The real story starts when one of the apparent victims Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton) washes upon shore an hour too early. This intrigues an ATF Agent Doug Carlin (well acted by Denzel Washington.) During the investigation Doug starts to fall in love with the victim (yes this has happened before in "Laura" with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney -Déjà Vu.)

The question is will life and technologies allow Doug to make a small correction to future history? Or is this a world of "what will be will be"?

This film has a lot of good explosive action and beautiful people that just can not be replaced by CGI. And don't overlook the acting ability of Val Kilmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with an incredible cast!, May 3 2007
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D. Landry (Ottawa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deja Vu [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) (Blu-ray)
First of all, any movies with Denzel Washington is worthy of a good credit due to his generosity as an actor and this one is no exception, since he pulls out another great performance. James Caviezel and Adam Goldberg give memorable performances of their own also. Paula Patton is at her best!

Above all, the story line is great and really suck you in. Yes, this movie requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief and is somewhat far-fetched, but the heart of the story just takes you along for the ride. It's an action-filled thriller that will keep you on the edge and guessing till the end.

Highly recommended for the open-minded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie with an incredible cast!, May 1 2007
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This review is from: Deja Vu (Bilingual) (DVD)
First of all, any movies with Denzel Washington is worthy of a good credit due to his generosity as an actor and this one is no exception, since he pulls out another great performance. James Caviezel and Adam Goldberg give memorable performances of their own also. Paula Patton is at her best!

Above all, the story line is great and really suck you in. Yes, this movie requires a fair bit of suspension of disbelief and is somewhat far-fetched, but the heart of the story just takes you along for the ride. It's an action-filled thriller that will keep you on the edge and guessing till the end.

Highly recommended for the open-minded.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu... but in a good way., Feb. 9 2013
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If you can ignore the inherent problem with any time travel, then this film can be quite the enjoyable, escapist thrill ride.

Directed by the late Tony Scott, this film has a fantastic visual flair, that is ingrained in all of his films, and a story that allows for snappy characters, engaging plot and enthralling set pieces.

Definitely worth the watch, if you're looking for something new, but similar, at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good, Aug. 6 2007
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This review is from: Deja Vu (Bilingual) (DVD)
I just sat down to watch this, with family.
What we expected: a typical Hollywood action-packed blockbuster with a great idea, destroyed in all ways possible.
What we got: an interesting somewhat plausible - still a little predictable - script, decent actors (no Oscar nominations here), great action, and a clever twist.
Fun entertainment, but if you pay attention to the details from the start, you'll have the ending figured all out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 5 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, March 17 2014
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have loved this movie for a long time, it has some moments that really make you think, denzel is a great protagonist
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