Deja Vu

Deja Vu is a 2006 movie starring Denzel Washington as ATF agent Doug Carlin. I watched it last night and I was quite impressed.

The plot isn't easy to describe and I won't even take a stab at it. This is all due to a time travel aspect which makes all the action quite convoluted and often events aren't actually progressing like you think they are. It's a good idea to pay attention to details early in the movie! What I can describe is the basic set up which initiates the sequence of events that change Doug Carlin's life.

At the start of Deja Vu, a ferry filled with Navy crewmen and their families is blown up in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. ATF agent Carlin is brought in to investigate the explosion and gets attached to an experimental federal surveillance unit, one that uses technology to directly look back a little over four days into the past. Carlin has the good taste to fall in love with Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton) and that's what pushes the plot.

The premise behind the movie is as ridiculous as it is scary--but never mind that, once you accept the premise the rest of the movie is thrilling and thought provoking. Many ethical issues are joined and you'll be pondering the implications as you're enjoying the trials and tribulations that Denzel is going through. Just in case Washington isn't enough eye candy for the ladies, they also have Val Kilmer in a supporting role as FBI Agent Pryzwarra. Fortunately they didn't leave the male demographic high and dry, Paula Patton is very easy on the eyes! That's her over there on the left.

It's very rare to see such a difficult plot device like time travel used so well. Many of the negative reviews of this movie--and there are many--find fault with the way the movie uses this to move the plot. I completely disagree. Deja Vu rocks--and it does so because of the many ripples that are caused by Denzel's pursuit of a dead woman.

There was very little in this movie that was predictable though I was worried near the end. It looked very much like it was heading towards a pat ending and while I was disappointed I still was happy with the movie--but they surprised me again. The ending was one I liked but didn't see coming. Neat.

I liked the movie so much I'll probably watch it again in a few weeks.


Used*to*be*me said…
I just watched this a few weeks ago. I liked it too. Although, I wanted to know how they were going to arrest the guy for a crime that he hadn't committed yet.

It is the little things that get me.
Michael Manning said…
Utenzi: There wasonce a Julie Andrews/Lack Lemmon comedy released that no one saw. So it was re-released. I saw it twice. Glad you enjoyed it despite critics.
kenju said…
Dave, I would watch Denzel washington in ANYTHING!! He is so gorgeous. Have you ever read the Alex Cross series by James Patterson? Whenever I read one, I picture Denzel as Alex Cross. When the first movie came out, they had another actor in the role - and it made me mad it wasn't Denzel!!

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