Movie Review: Deja Vu

‘Deja Vu’ is a 2006 big-budget blockbuster set in New Orleans – with a science fiction spin.

Starring Denzel Washington as his charming, complicated finest, he plays lonely government agent (Douglas Carlin) who’s out to solve a horrendous act of terrorism.

 

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Val Kilmer and Adam Goldberg hold their own against another superb performance from Denzel Washington.

 

In the midst of his investigation he falls for one of the victims; the beautiful Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton).

When the time travel action shows up partway through the film, it’s all in ‘the name of the investigation’ but it gets more than a little creepy as Carlin watches her in her apartment in the days leading up to her death.

 

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Paula Patton gives a somewhat bland performance, but to be fair – she spends much of the film dead and didn’t exactly have a lot to work with.

 

Jim Caviezel is surprisingly credible as a self-righteous, loner terrorist.

 

Directed by Tony Scott, ‘Deja Vu’ has all of his typical markers – frenetic camera style, intense action scenes, sharp editing, stripped down dialogue and ‘on the right side of dumb’ as I read recently.

Denzel fans (like myself) won’t be disappointed, and though it’s no ‘Man on Fire’, this is a great middle-of -the-road action film with a time travel twist.

Check out the official trailer here:

 

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