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An atf agent travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered falling in love with her during the process. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 12/26/2008 Starring: Denzel Washington Jim Caviezel Run time: 126 minutes Rating: Pg13
In his most effective thriller since Enemy of the State, Tony Scott makes time travel seem plausible. It helps that his New Orleans hero, ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington in his third go-round with the director), spends more time in the present than the past. In order to catch a terrorist, FBI Agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) invites Carlin to join forces. They have the technology to see the past. He has the expertise to interpret the data. Unfortunately, the bomb has already gone off and hundreds of ferry passengers have died. Then there's the body of a beautiful woman, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton, Idlewild), that turns up in the vicinity of the blast. Evidence indicates she was killed beforehand. Since the FBI enables him to observe Claire prior to her murder, Carlin gets to know what she was like and finds himself falling in love. He becomes convinced that the only way to solve the case--and prove her innocence--is to travel to the past. But as Pryzwarra's colleague, Denny (Adam Goldberg), argues, "You cannot go back in time. It's physically impossible." Or so he says. D¨¦j¨¤ Vu is constructed around a clever script and executed by a top-notch cast, notably Washington, Patton, and an eerie Jim Caviezel (miles away from Passion of the Christ). In shedding the excesses of recent years--the sadism of Man on Fire and weirdness of Tarantino favorite Domino--Scott re-affirms his rep as one of the action movie's finest practitioners. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Great Movie/Great Picture
Can't go wrong with Blu-Ray. Love the movie and was waiting to purchase it on Blu-Ray. Good price and great service made the decision of buying easy!Amazon.com is a great place to get good quality for good prices....more info
- grabs you and keeps on going
The start to this movie is a little rough, but it grabs you by the seat of your pants and really doesn't let go until the end. Well writtten and well acted....more info
- Excellent Story
Denzel Washington is his usual excellent self in this suspenseful movie of whether or not he can change the events of the recent past. Through super-technological advances, Washington is able to view the recent past to try to determine who was responsible for blowing up a ferry.
While viewing the past, Washington begins to get very interesting in a woman that seems to be connected to the bomber. As he views her in the past, he realizes that he is able to affect what she is doing so he gets the idea that maybe he can go back to the past and prevent the bombing from happening.
The suspense towards the end of the film is unreal. A top-notch thriller!...more info
- Didn't you just ask me that?
I love movies about Time-Travel. This one was done fairly well with a plausible explanation. I had seen the trailer for this one but didn't find it alluring enough to fork over the $7 to see it at the movies or $5 to rent. I was fortunate enough to watch it for free on a STARZ free preview weekend. So for a free flick I give it 3 stars. Definitely worth it. Enjoy....more info
- Deja Vu
Deja Vu is a good Movie. I recomend it, if you like stuff about time travel, a good ending, and Denzel Washington you 'll like this movie. I only gave it three stars because it's not the kind of movie I would like to see over and over again....more info
- Denzel Delivers
I don't recall the hype usually associated with a Denzel Washington film, when Deja Vu was released in theaters. It's possible that this film was a huge box office success and won an Academy Award, but then some secret government agency changed the past and made it appear as if Deja Vu is just a DVD hit. That's what Deja Vu is about--time travel and manipulating realities. Denzel's stellar performance made it all believable. I just can't it took two years for me to get around to viewing such a fantastic film. Or did it? ...more info
- Good movie, interesting premise
I enjoy movies with interesting subject matter, believeable or not. I like to be entertained and this movie did just that. Thought provoking. The blu-ray video was good quality but not the best. Audio is PCM with use of surrounds but most of the sound does seem to come from the front speakers. Good LFE. ...more info
Denzel Washington! What can I say. Is there any movie He cannot do justice to his character? NO
It's a movie you need to fully concentrate on.A good addition to any library....more info
- Worth watching again and again and again and again and again
Deja Vu is a movie that shouldn't have worked. This genre of movie was tried before in movies like TimeCop and 12 Monkeys and failed. It is a sci-fi time travel/crime drama, two types of movies that mix about as well as oil and water. It is possible that this movie would not have worked with a lesser actor in the lead role, that the silliness of the concept - that the U.S. government accidently develops a time machine that can see only only a few hours into the past and is fatal to anybody who tries to use it to travel and, by the way, only works within a radius of a few miles, and, by the way, also fits into the back of a semi-truck so it can be hauled around - would have killed the movie. However, Denzel Washington approaches the whole concept with, at first, the contempt and ridicule it deserves. Then he decides, if this junk is real, why should he accept the rules that he must only watch and do nothing to change the past - or future - and prevent another 911 style attack. The movie skillfully unfolds with tantelizing hints that Denzel has done just that - has been tampering with the time-stream all along, only he just hasn't done it yet. The director throws in an interesting and unnecessary cross-time car chase just to get the action rolling at one point. The movie has a satisfying ending. It's worth watching to see a sci-fi movie closer to home, with Chevys instead of space ships, and cell phones instead of phaser pistols....more info
This movie had me going right up until the final act, and then I watched it spiral out of control, as story and acting took a terrible u-turn and crashed on landing.
Now I'm not a big Denzel fan, but for the first 2/3rd of the film, he actually did a pretty good job. But whether it was the writer or the director(horrid want-to-be as good as my brother, Tony Scott), the last 30 minutes left me and my girlfriend shouting at the screen, "Move your butt, aren't there people to save!".
It's been awhile since I've viewed a movie where you can actually pinpoint the moment where everything derails, and all concept of time and logic is lost in the ashes.
Avoid this one....more info
- Wish I could go back in time and rent some other movie
Now, I have never given one star to a movie before. But this movie is _that_ bad. It's so absurd that it insults the viewer's intelligence. Denzel is decent, but then the movie started getting so ridiculous at one point that I gave up.. right when Denzel went back in time by four days and started chasing the bomber... go figure! Oh, it also seemed like he was falling in love with the girl who is already dead (or is she?) by watching videos of her taking shower and changing clothes. I guess by the end of the movie, she will get back to life again and fall in love with Denzel.
This movie is plain stupid. I'm surprised it has a 4 stars rating on amazon. If you want to watch a good time-travel, sci-fi movie, I recommend 12 Monkeys (Special Edition)...more info
- Getting THE Science Fiction Right
*D¨¦j¨¤ Vu* is the perfect blend of science fiction and action film for the average movie watcher as well as the science fiction fan. At its core, it is a thrilling, well paced action adventure story about an ATF agent, Doug Carlin, investigating a terrorist bombing on a ferry full of US Navy sailors in New Orleans. 540 people are killed in the massive explosion, but one young woman's body washes up and doesn't seem to fit with the other victims; though it looks like a victim of the explosion, the body was discovered 8 minutes before the bomb went off. Other pieces of evidence regarding this victim quickly lead Carlin to roughly piece together where she fits in the puzzle; unfortunately, none of it is enough to provide leads to the perpetrator.
When Carlin presents his information to the FBI agents in charge, they are quickly impressed by his keen ability to size up a crime scene and filter out the noise from the pertinent details. They invite him to join a new test project that uses the latest technology to analyze a crime scene. Though the FBI and scientists involved try to hide the true nature of the technology, it doesn't take agent Carlin long to realize that there is more to it than advanced surveillance camera processing. This is where the science fiction weaves itself into the crime action drama film. While testing a new high-powered telescope technology, a way to bend the fabric of space/time is discovered, allowing the ability to watch the past in "real time" exactly 4+ days before.
What makes this film work so well is that the action mostly takes place in the present, but the technology leads to some very good storytelling and the most interesting car chase ever conceived. I had read in some positive reviews that as good as it was it didn't fully make sense...well they are wrong - it complete sense - just pay attention to the details along the way and the story comes together nicely. Yes, there are a few inconsistencies - whose explanations probably were left on the cutting room floor to keep the film well paced - but they are small. If you have a basic understanding of the physics and space/time you can piece them together yourselves; if you are not, don't worry and ignore them because they don't take away from this very film. ...more info
- Great Movie
Denzel rarely disappoints and this is no exception. The movie has some interesting technology in it that makes you think about what is really out there. Also the lead actress is beautiful. Not quite as good as training day to me but still one of the best movies I have seen recently. ...more info
- Love the movie
This is an example of a great movie on HD but I didn't notice so much of a change in Blue ray version. If you already have the HD you don't really need to get blue ray. This movie is a five. I gave it four stars because if you already have it in HD then you could save the money. On the other hand if you have no version at all and are looking to buy for the first time the movie is a five and I would get blue ray....more info
- A few annoyances take this movie from great to just good
This is a mostly enjoyable movie from start to finish, and having Denzel Washington in the lead is almost never a bad thing.
I've always loved well-done time travel movies (or books, or games) dealing with cause and effect. Sadly, this movie breaks one of the biggest rules of time-travel movies: it leaves some plot holes big enough to blindly drive a hummer through. Or, if you want to give the director a little more faith: merely some big loose ends he forgot to tie up. It's a shame, because this movie otherwise seems very clever, so those gaffes are all the more jarring in comparison.
That coupled with a much-touted car chase that I found a bit ridiculous (the way it was executed in the movie, not the premise behind it) take this from being a great movie to merely an entertaining one.
So, while the plot isn't quite as tight as some others in the genre (like 12 Monkeys (Special Edition), it's still an enjoyable movie that I recommend watching if not purchasing....more info
- Best Blu-Ray in my Library
The Blu-ray release of Deja Vu has become my favorite DVD in my collection. I won't discuss the movie itself, but the "Surveillance Window" in the Special Features. This is combination director's/writer's commentary combined with seamless "how we did this" vignettes. I would get this before any other Blu-ray purchase....more info
- Interesting concepts, holes in plot, satisfactory PQ/AQ
Denzel Washington is one of the finest actors of our time. This film did not reflect those talents and unfortunately the rest of the cast is not developed adequately.
The storyline of going back to prevent the future has been done many times before. The concept was a bit confusing, due to the numerous flashbacks and flashforwards, but it was also not consistent as some other reviewers point out. For instance, why was it that some things stayed the same, when Denzel traveled back, and some were different. You could argue that "you can't change fate", but it just was a bit ambiguous. And why was there no reasonable explanation of how this would be applied. Sure, the viewer could speculate, but concrete examples could have added to the story.
Since this is a review for the Blu-Ray it is worth mentioning that the picture and sound quality was excellent. Colors were rich and detail impressive. Amazon, please add a space where we can separately rate the film, and the quality of picture and sound. Sometimes the movie is less than exciting, while the picture is.
Enjoyable action/drama sequences, and suspenseful in parts. Give it a rent!...more info
- Not bad for a time travel movie
The first point is the acting. It had too small of part for Kilmer, but all the acting is top notched. Denzel plays a guy who is good at his job and is morally upright, who uses his charm to speed up the bureaucratic process. Caviezel was intense and good. The plot was good. The trouble with the plot was that once Denzel goes back in time, he should not have been able to change the past. For example, the Twelve Monkeys did this well. However, since it was Denzel Washington, the past had to change. What happens to Denzel once he went back in time was pretty obvious to this viewer.
There was a previous reviewer who said the science made perfect sense and was straight-forward. Funny. The movie was about time travel and worm holes. Give me a break. People watch NOVA a few times and think they understand space and time. I have a physics degree, I did not understand their mumblings, and I thought it was silly. They explained the massive energy requirements by having the lights of the city dim when the time machine was in operation (stolen from Weird Science?).
The movie for a while reminded me of "Laura" in which a detective falls in love with a portrait of the supposedly dead victim. Who wouldn't fall in love with Gene Tierney or Paula Patton? I thought they should have kept working with that idea instead of the time travel, but the problem was that this victim was very dead indeed.
The movie had some very interesting ideas. The car chase scene was very good. How well they tied in the future and the past was very good. The problem was that once you figure out what is going to happen to Denzel and Paula, the movie lost its edge and excitement for me. ...more info
- He killed her four days ago! You were at the funeral, what's wrong with you?
An ATF agent, Doug Carlin, is called in to investigate a ferry explosion.
During his investigation he stumbles upon the body of a murdered girl. He knows she is somehow connected to the bombing. With the help of some very high-tech, Einstein inspired, government equipment, he is able to watch the last four days of her life.
As he watches her last moments, he cannot stop himself from falling in love with her and becomes determined to recover her life. Carlin needs to travel back in time, save the girl and stop the terrorist, but has to be quick for the clock is ticking....
A Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration is always worth watching as they usually deliver a movie with an intricate plot, thrilling action sequences, and characters that are driven by their emotions. These are rare qualities in action movies to-day. D¨¦j¨¤ vu is no exception for it has all these qualities and more. The supporting cast is fantastic, a sublime Adam Goldberg makes a great super intelligent and witty side kick to Washington and Jim Caviezel is unnerving as the psychopath who believes his actions are for a greater good. Be warned; if you are a Val Kilmer fan, you will be a little bit disappointed as he seems to be a bystander in most events and not a participant. I have the impression that most of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
Like all time travel stories it will leave you with questions e.g. if this event did not take place how come Carlin knew to go back and stop it happening. Unfortunately as with all time travel tales I don't think this can be avoided but don't get too hung up about it; just let it wash over you and enjoy the film. The ending is slightly weak and leans towards the saccharin but you can forgive D¨¦j¨¤ Vu these few flaws. This is the thinking person's action movie and after you have watched it you will probably be compelled to watch it all over again.
- Why do I feel like I've seen this before?
Well, I guess it's probably because I have. Yes, sadly, `D¨¦j¨¤ vu' brings absolutely nothing new to the table. I was very intrigued by the trailer and all that I had read about the film. I imagined I would be seeing something much different than what was presented before me, that's for certain. About halfway through the film though I began to realize that this was not going to be as deep as I originally thought, and when Adam Goldberg's character Dr. Alexander Denny starts to explain what's really going on I felt my mind go numb and my blood start to boil for it was within those few stuttered sentences that I realized this movie was, point blank, stupid.
The film starts with a terrorist attack on a ferry boat killing hundreds of people. ATF Agent Doug Carlin comes to the crime scene to uncover evidence when he bumps into FBI Agent Paul Pryzwarra who is heading a new branch of the FMI investigations team and wants Carlin's help. With this new technology the FBI has attained they can watch what happened four days and six hours in the past in order to solve crimes. They intend to use this technology to uncover what happened with the ferry. In related news, a young woman named Claire Kuchever was washed ashore moments before the ferry exploded with wounds similar to those of someone burnt to death in an explosion so Carlin begins to speculate that whoever planted the bomb on the boat must have first murdered this woman and left her to look like yet another casualty of the blast. He insists that this investigations team make Claire their main focus of attention the days prior to the attack.
Up until this point I was at least interested. And then Doug makes an observation about the technology. He realizes that this must be more than just surveillance video. Claire can hear them, she can sense them watching her and she can respond to them. It was at this moment that the film lost me, well, not lost me but lost my interest. I just really expected them to go somewhere other than the time travel thing. I really wanted this to be smarter, more original than that.
As far as the acting is concerned, it's decent at best. An actor of Denzel Washington's caliber should know to pick better material than this. I mean, when you're considered one of our finest working actors you just don't do films like this. Maybe one or two is acceptable but for every `Malcolm X' Denzel gives us three or four `D¨¦j¨¤ Vu' type films. It's sad because when he sticks to his strengths he excels but when he pulls out movies like this it further proves my belief that Denzel is not as strong an actor as so many believe for he needs strong material to elevate his performance. `D¨¦j¨¤ vu' is not strong material, thus he falters, as does the rest of cast really. Jim Caviezel is really the only one in the cast who makes a real impact and that's mostly because he's playing a vicious sociopath who hardly speaks and when he does he's given some creepy fear inducing dialog to joggle. Val Kilmer is quite chunky here but his character makes far less an impression, and is it just me or does Adam Goldberg always act like he's strung out on coke. Paula Patton is genuinely gorgeous but aside from that she's not very effective. Her character isn't really fleshed out much so I blame that on the script.
Yes, the script, that stack of paper that is supposed to make a film work. This script was a stack of paper that ultimately squeezed Denzel Washington into a cubicle called a time machine. I guess the biggest feeling that I felt when watching this movie was that of disappointment, major disappointment. I had more faith in Tony Scott. I absolutely loved his last two films `Domino' and `Man on Fire' and just felt that he would recapture that magic between him and Denzel this go around as well. Sadly that couldn't have been further from the truth.
*I want to make an edit to my review. I feel that I made an unfair assessment of Denzel Washington's career when I made the comment that I didn't feel he was a strong actor. After careful consideration this past weekend I realized that my statement is an unfair and ultimately false one. Denzel Washington is truly one of our more talented actors. I do feel that he has his niche and when he sticks to his strengths he soars. When he chooses weak material he seems to get stuck and can't quite rise above it all. I just wanted to clear that up because after thinking back this weekend I realized that I actually really like Denzel.*...more info
- My A** is Numb, and My Heart is Broken
I was remarkably let down by this sneaky little beast of a film. I am unsure if I am the only one who found it to be the epitomy of subversive govermental propaganda, but the duelling themes of "patriotic unity in the face of a bloodthirsty onslaught from the 'home-grown terrorist' sector", coupled with the usual improbable reaches made by the "science as God" camp, left me cringing at the likely probability of a nieve American public gobbling up this slop.
One point in particular, was the unashamed manner in which this film was supposedly filmed in New Orleans, yet not once did they show the devastation the aftermath of Katrina has had, and is continuing to have, on the region and its' people. Instead we see a sign on the military ship which was subsequently destroyed, saying, "Katrina only made us stronger." Who is this "us"? You mean the U.S. military, who holds overt blame, under a multitude of evidence pointing to weak, poorly structured, and purposefully destroyed levees, for the majority of the destruction to the region? Nice "foot-to-the-throat" of the poor citizens of a once grand, and culturally rich sector of our country.
Other little flag-sucking messages are sprinkled throughout, viewable to the alert and observant, such as the "Support Our Troops" sticker clearly visible in one scene. Yes, "support your troops", the thin line between caring for the poor misguided or desperate grunts (of which I was one, before realizing the sham I was involved in) who signed up out of economic despair, illusions of grandeur, or Unca Sam's college money, (treacherous bait to lure the desperate to the front lines, i.e the multitude of "National Guard" and "Reserves" deployed OVERSEAS in the war zone)and supporting the heinous attrocities of one's government.
Then there is the subject of the whole time travel debacle, where large leaps of faith and stretches in reason are depicted as a scientific and technological possibility, instead of the pure egg-headed, jerk-fest, fantasy they represent. Large leaps of reason go unquestioned, when we're on the journey we predestined, viewed purely as entertainment, it was a success, a meal for the mind, lacking the soul's substance.
Ohh whoa whoa its magiccc! An approach to time-tavel as a realistic, technological probability, that rings as true to me, as an evolutionary theory that states as fact, our arrival here as 'modern man', in a complex and intricate universe, which we as humans still know so little about, as a miracle of chance. Res Ipsa Loquitur, as Hunter would say.
The ending, in particular, attempted to tear credible rationale from my brains, which were already cowering in the wake of such a vicious beating. K, he was transported, by the souped-up zapper, back in time. Which eliminates his "present-self", correct? So, during the rescue, his "time-travelling-self" drowns, yet he reappears later on shore, re-united with his love-interest. That point in the timeline is still in the past people! So WTF? What of his "present-self"? Is it dead? Is he now doomed to live out his days, three days or so in the past? F*** me. My cranium erupts and out sputters a warm goo. I lap it up greedily because it tastes like chicken. Amen.
Also of note to my fellow "free-thinking radicals", the cliched lines muttered by the traiterous Jim Cavietzel, in defense of his treachery. Only a flag-sucking ignorant could set up such weak-minded dialogue from a character who suredly would have had much more, or far less to say, on the subject of tyrants and kings. Another wet-dream, patriotic jerk-fest, tackled with an O'Reillian passion, how enforcer Denzel, "The Protector" shuts him down with pre-formed government lines, intent on making the "insurgent" Cavietzel look like an ill-informed goon, self-righteous and self-centered. Something about the tree of freedom being watered by the blood of the innocents. Crap propaganda. Spoken as a freely admitting insurgent against our corrupt and oppressive regime, I would state, at best, that the tree of freedom be watered by the blood of tyrants and kings, but, in fact, most of us would agree that blood-shed on either side will in the end solve nothing, as one beast would simply replace another.
I had high hopes for this movie, as I was surprised at how much I liked, "Enemy of the State" (Even under the torturous scenario of it starring the Prince of Bel-Air)from this director. If I had one gripe, I would like to switch Denzel, whom I generally like and respect as an actor, although I realize him to be not particularly enlightened, and Will Smith, who could then rank this film right up there with "The Pursuit of Happyness" as all-time great American propagandist films for the un-assuming masses.
The story line was interesting , different and exhilarating. Unique movie allowing one to see the possibilities of things to happen with computer technology, and get one to wonder if it is possible to change happenings with cutting edge technology of computers. The sound and picture quality is excellent with the Blu-ray format. ...more info