Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images and some sensuality.
Directed By: Tony Scott
Written By: Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii
Staring: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, James Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Elden Hensen, Erika Alexander, and Bruce Greenwood
What if you had to tell someone the most important thing in the world, but you knew they’d never believe you? -Dough Carlin
I’m an avid time continuum, time travel, wormhole, space junkie. The concepts never fail to at the very least grab my attention. So basically Deja Vu had me at hello with some of the typically good Tony Scott direction coupled with the amazing performance of Denzel Washington who carried the film. His specific touches made the film an exciting Sci-Fi suspense thriller that really emphasized the concept of the Butterfly Effect.
The tragedy of the begging is profound and intense, gripping you with reminders of the death and destruction of Katrina. Beyond the horrific suggestions in the direction of a real life epic disaster by nature and failure by man, you do find yourself feeling ultimately attached to the plot, and with Washington delivering, per the usual, there is a level of authenticity that isn’t always felt in Tony Scott flicks.
Early on signs of a new future foreshadowing Denzels involvement by his fingerprints and his message. It’s confusing and compelling. Throughout the story keeps the truth at bay but feeds you enough information to feel like you are starting to grasp the mysteries of what’s happening. The clues given incite a feeling of perplexity, and when the audience becomes privy to these omens the real intensity kicks into full throttle. When faced with the possibility of changing the past and thereby the future it becomes even more riveting. This suspense driven thriller suceeds because Scott does balance all these very profound elements together in a way that seems realistic enough to believe.
The finale is kind of cool, a little non-shocking with the rest of the build up, but still a good feeling of closure. It was a tale with ingenuity and a very fun concept, but more importantly executed well. Tony Scott is very hit and miss for me, and sometimes the way his films are shot can be annoying as well, but Deja Vu was impressive overall. It isn’t one of the most remarkable films I have ever seen, and I’m more partial to Man On Fire in the Denzel/Scott collaboration category, but this was a solid fun movie, worth your time.
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