Movie Review: Deja Vu

May 30, 2007

dejavu_dvd.jpgLast night after my incredibly enjoyable dentist appointment (note the sarcasm), Michaela and I sat down to watch a movie. It seemed like it’d been a long time since we’d done that. When it’s Summer here in Kelowna, it’s so beautiful and stays nice out until nearly 9:00pm, that sitting in front of the TV just doesn’t seem right.

We decided on the new Denzel Washington film, Deja Vu. It didn’t get necessarily the best critical reviews, but action/adventure films rarely do. I went into the movie without any expectations, which is my preference.

I enjoyed the film quite a bit. It has a pretty wacky and unrealistic premise, the it’s definitely an enjoyable, entertaining movie.

I am a big fan of director Tony Scott’s style, and have enjoyed many of his past films which include hits such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, True Romance, The Fan, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, among others.

Denzel Washington, who made my Top 10 Favorite Actors list, was great as always. Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel and Adam Goldberg also appear. I was also very impressed with the incredibly beautiful Paula Patton, who I had not seen before.

The film starts out with an explosion on a large cruise boat, and ATF agent Doug Carlin (Washington) is sent to investigate.

I don’t want to give away any of the plot, so I don’t want to say too much about the film. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a suspenseful, “thinker” type of film. If you can get by the movie’s unrealistic and far-fetched plot, you should find it very enjoyable.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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  1. you pretty much summed up how I felt about it. Love Tony Scott and Denzel together but ya that machine seemed a little far fetched.

    The actress in it was okay to look at too.

  2. Tony Scott really has his style down. The drawn out yellows and blues and quick disoriented tracking shots. He always creates a film worth watching.

    It was a cool premise and although the science was “folded into itself” it was a sweet bend on a proven theory (folding space and time back on itself). I thought the time camera was a cool device. The idea of looking back into the past and seeing the specifics anywhere inside the “zone” was cool but super hokey. The science becomes bent again when he sees all the things he changes in the girls house because supposedly that would create dimension branching (much like Goldberg’s character outlines) and that reality would not exist back on itself.

    Sweet film. I give it a 7 outof 10.

    If you want to see how the science of this all works and hear about a time traveler that no one seems to know if he is a fake or real (he predicted 9/11 and a bunch of other stuff he shouldnt have been able to know) check out this amazing video with music by Sufjan Stevens.


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