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Deja Vu [2006] - £12.98

In his most effective thriller since Enemy of the State, Tony Scott makes time travel seem plausible. It helps that his New Orleans hero, ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington in his third go-round with the director), spends more time in the present than the past. In order to catch a terrorist, FBI Agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) invites Carlin to join forces. They have the technology to see the past. He has the expertise to interpret the data. Unfortunately, the bomb has already gone off and hundreds of ferry passengers have died. Then there's the body of a beautiful woman, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton, Idlewild), that turns up in the vicinity of the blast. Evidence indicates she was killed beforehand. Since the FBI enables him to observe Claire prior to her murder, Carlin gets to know what she was like and finds himself falling in love. He becomes convinced that the only way to solve the case--and prove her innocence--is to travel to the past. But as Pryzwarra's colleague, Denny (Adam Goldberg), argues, "You cannot go back in time. It's physically impossible." Or so he says. Déjà Vu is constructed around a clever script and executed by a top-notch cast, notably Washington, Patton, and an eerie Jim Caviezel (miles away from Passion of the Christ). In shedding the excesses of recent years--the sadism of Man on Fire and weirdness of Tarantino favorite Domino--Scott re-affirms his rep as one of the action movie's finest practitioners. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer reviews (av rating: 3.5):

Rating: 5:
I remember DEJA VU : Saw it on the big screen and it met all my criteria for a two-hour escape from life ... very entertaining, a bit of a think-piece - without changing my life, and it let me 'know' what was happening so it didn't hurt my head too much. And, it WAS entertaining. Have recommended to others. A good watch for a vid/pizza night.

Rating: 3:
BACK TO THE FUTURE 1V.???? : Sorry, but I didn`t find this film clever or surprising but it is entertaining, Denzil Washington is a class actor and Val Kilmer put in a superb performance but between them they couldn't get past the glaringly obvious outcome. The special effects are good and the overall movie is not to shabby but it does stretch credibility past the limit. So if you don`t mind a bit of FAAAAAAAAAARFETCHED in your films this one is worth a watch with your tongue in cheek.

Rating: 5:
Interesting! : From start to finish this film is very puzzling and causes you to think deeply into the ways around the obstacles Washington has. The movie has a very clever script and a very suitable title, from start to finish there is action causing you never to get bored however careful concentration is needed and everything is needed to be understood.

The story is very detailed and anyone who enjoys movies involving time, this is the one for you. Overall a great film with an intriguing story bound to fascinate you. Sorry can't give away much of the story otherwise the film would be ruined for you.

Rating: 4:
Another thrill-ride from Jerry "Mr Blockbuster" Bruckheimer : 'Deja Vu' begins in New Orleans when a ferry transporting the sailors from the USS Nimitz and their families explodes causing 543 casualties. ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is assigned to investigate the terrorist attack. Without any leads, he is informed about a corpse of a woman that was found one hour before the explosion, but burnt with the same explosive. He is invited by an FBI Agent (Val Kilmer) to join a surveillance team in the investigations, using a time window and Einstein-Rosen bridge through seven satellites to look back four and a quarter days in time. He discloses the identity of the mysterious dead woman called Claire Kuchever and decides to follow her last moments trying to find the terrorist.

After expecting to see a cheesy action/sci-fi no-brainer I was very plesantly surprised to see that this was actually an intelligent, well thought-out and suspense-filled thriller. The film begins as a regular thriller with the FBI and ATF investigating the terrorist attack, it then has the girl's body turn up adding a new twist to the tale and then the sci-fi bit comes in, which (unlike endless other films) has the characters seeing the past rather than the future - an absolute genius twist to the time-travelling genre.

Acting from leads Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer and Paula Patton are all excellent. The big budget special effects are simply breathtaking - from the ferry explosion at the beginning to the half-blind hummer ride. Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott have done a great job here creating an outstanding and exciting blockbuster that is a must-see for all action and thriller movie fans.

Rating: 4:
de ja vu :
was an excellent film, had you gripped at all times. The explosion scene at the beginning was amazing. Does get a little confusing towards the end but apart from that it is an excellent film with great special effects

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