Deja Vu

Deja Vu

DVD - 2007
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A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families is blown up in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the recovery of evidence from the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit. The unit uses technology to directly look back in time a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: would it be possible to use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing?

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 07, 2018

Deja vu is about time travel to catch a bomber. It takes place in present day New Orleans, where many victims were killed when a ferry was bombed. Denzel Washington plays an FBI agent assigned to investigate the explosion. He falls in love with the corpse of one of the victims and eventually is willing to sacrifice himself to restore her to life. Val Kilmer is a government specialist who shows Washington how to prevent the bombing in the past by manipulating physics. The movie kept my attention until the final half hour. Deja vu never managed to excite me, even during the chase scene. It is a slick film with good dialogue and cinematography, but the producers seem to have realized halfway through making the movie they could not afford to properly finish it. 3/5 stars
@TheLastSarcasm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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chaliser
Jul 16, 2018

Fantastic story, great acting, action-smaction, will not need to bend the mind too much to follow. As the Librarian told me when checked it out- it's a wild ride. Maybe a bit too close to reality - if someone accidently learns to cross certain bridges of physics. The story (here) of which probably is an indicator of effort put into just that.
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Upon hearing certain words spoken by a key character, I thought the story would continue into a "surprise" 2nd phase, but I'm now guessing that didn't happen due to mid-production realization that it would have caused the film to run well over time and budget constraints -- but perhaps a sequel, born out of that and the "bridging" aspect, lurks in the minds behind this film (?) Or, two very active character roles (from the original story) were (mostly) compressed into one for the film story - possibly breaking a rule or two in that process, depending on the details of that bridging aspect, whereas is likely none were broken in the more complex original story. [Besides, not only do interesting theories make for great stories, but so too can stories make for interesting theories.]

It was very intriguing. I very much enjoyed it. We did not need to see her getting changed and that. There was some brief nudity that was not mentioned on the rating on the case. Some brief un-necessary language. Recommended.

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0cho
May 22, 2015

The first half of this movie is excellent. Loved the whole concept, very well done. The second half the movie gets boring. Overall entertaining.

Interesting, yet, hard to accept premise. Well-acted. Great cinematography. Very engaging. Good special effects.

MargeBouvier Jun 30, 2014

I really love this movie - such a cool concept! Saw it in the theatre, never gets old. Good plot, well written, great cast. Great timing, you can feel the sense of destiny & inevitability as it speeds to the conclusion.

nice_235 Feb 20, 2014

very cool and creative plot.suspenful

a5a22406 Sep 07, 2012

Another terrific action packed thriller with Denzel. Love the setting of New Orleans and the Misssissippi Delta.

aaa5756 Feb 15, 2012

Great science fiction movie with OK special effects. B DVD

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mexicanadiense
Oct 07, 2011

Pretty straightforward Denzel Washington/Tony Scott fare. It would've been nice to see Val Kilmer and Jim Caviezel not so underutilized. Probably the most (unintentionally) amusing thing about it was that my wife could not decide for the first half hour or so whether or not she had already seen it, provoking ironic guffaws on my part. In the end, entertaining but not life-altering.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Doug Carlin: He's gonna kill her. In twelve hours, he's gonna kill her.
Jack McCready: He killed her four days ago! You were at the funeral, what's wrong with you?

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Doug Carlin: Satan reasons like a man but God thinks of eternity.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Oerstadt: You think you know what's coming? You don't have a clue.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

nadian Mar 03, 2008

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

nadian Mar 03, 2008

Violence: Many scenes of violence and peril as well as disturbing images.

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

An ATF agent travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered, falling in love with her during the process.

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