Deja Vu

DVD Reviews | Jun 25th, 2007

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Starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood, Erika Alexander, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Matt Craven
Written By: Terry Rossio, Bill Marsilii
Directed By: Tony Scott
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
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From the masterminds who brought you big action films like Top Gun, and Crimson Tide, comes Deja Vu, an action thriller that has some cool mind blowing plot twists. Starring Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer and creepy Jim Caviezal a.k.a Jesus, this film had me scratching my head in wonder and pleasantly surprised at the same time. Taking place in New Orleans, a horrible terrorist act occurs and everyone in the government is out to stop the killer. Only this time, they have a bigger edge than he realizes. Deja Vu is definitely a film you’ll want to see over and over again.

ATF Agent Doug Carlin was originally supposed to recover evidence from a horrific crime scene, on the waters of New Orleans, in what was compared to 9/11. A terrorist is out to prove a point and he’s got everyone trying to figure out how it happened. This time, the government has a nifty time machine gadget that gives them the ability to go back in time and relive the setting of the crime, but only for a certain amount of time. Who was the brainiacs in the government who got that far and couldn’t make the time machine look further? I’d say they are idiots. Ha Ha. Agent Carlin gets pulled in with the top secret project and is out to find out who did this and why. Clues may lead to something in the present tense, and some things keep popping up in the past that just are plain weird. That’s where the multiple viewings will come into play. Agent Carlin is probably the only one of the team that picks up on these mysterious items and that’s why he was brought in by FBI Agent Pryzwarra (Kilmer.) Just when you think the story is going to go one way, it totally surprises you and takes you in another direction that you thought as a viewer was off limits.

I was impressed with the way the story finally came together. The filmmakers make the viewer really pay attention throughout and give you that pay off later in the film. Tony Scott has a great return to form and the story was intriguing. I love the way Tony Scott shoots his movies too. I’d say Tony Scott and Michael Bay have similar styles as far as visuals go and they are by far my favorite action film directors out there for their visualizations and direction. The cast was strong as Denzel is always the man in his films, and the supporting cast was as good as ever in a Tony Scott film with Val Kilmer, Bruce Greenwood and Adam Goldberg to name a few.

Only a few extras on the set including deleted scenes and extended scenes. An extra feature which is annoying in my opinion offers up 37 mins in extra footage and behind the scene interviews with the filmmakers. The annoying part was that you have to turn the feature on as you watch the film and “flashback” during the film to watch that part of the extra if it pertained to a key scene like the Ferry Scene. I wish they made it accessible both ways but I couldn’t figure it out. Other than that this is a great DVD!

-The Surveillance Window – Go back in time and experience behind-the-scenes moments with the filmmakers
-The Ferry Explosion
-Stunts: Ferry
-Filming in New Orleans
-Split-Time Car Chase
-Deleted and Extended Scenes


-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
-SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
-FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: The Ferry Scene, Top Secret Project, Driving with One Eye Open, Flashback
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 126 minutes
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