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Deja Vu
DVD disk
04.27.2007 By: Sturdy
Deja Vu order
Director:
Tony Scott

Actors:
Denzel Washington
Val Kilmer
Paula Patton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A local bomber blows up a ferry, killing hundreds of people in the process. This attracts the attention of a new task force, utilizing the latest technology. This new technology allows the team to see 4.5 days in the past and solve crimes by looking at anything they want to.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Yeah, that movie description seemed kind of confusing and Iíve actually seen the film. Itís not really that complicated, but itís tough to explain. I think that might be one of the reasons D…Jņ VU wasnít very successful during its box office run. Itís not science fiction and itís not really a murder mystery. It just doesnít know what it wants to be.

The problem is that it starts out as a typical whodunit, complete with Tony Scottís signature quick editing and blue tinted camera. However, when Val Kilmer and the time machine come into play, Tony Scott asks the audience to remove themselves from the reality heís just created and accept that time travel is now possible. Thereís little or no explanation as to how the device was invented, who owns it, who runs it and why itís used to solve this particular bombing. The bombing, however, is just a backdrop to the related murder of a local girl, who they believe can lead to the killer. I didnít get as attached to her as I think Tony wanted me to, but at least they tried.

So assuming you can accept the world that Mr. Scott has invented, youíll probably find yourself enjoying the film. Denzel gives his typical great performance and Tony gives his typical stylish directing touch. Everything else about this film is pretty pedestrian and you wonít find yourself shocked or surprised with anything. Weíve all seen Denzel in this type of role before, but thatís a good thing. Heís great as the suspicious cop, but heís such a talented actor that you hate to see him do the same roles over and over.
THE EXTRAS
Surveillance Window (37:13): Even the special features are hard to explain. Ok, this is a hybrid commentary/featurette track. You watch the film with this feature selected and Tony Scott talks about the film in between featurettes. To be honest, I really dug this featurette and it kept the commentary rolling while at the same time giving you some good featurettes. Itís definitely worth the time.

Deleted/Extended Scenes (13:52): The extended scenes were worthless because you can barely tell what was added. The deleted scenes are ok, but they donít add anything new to the film. However, itís always good to see Denzel and Tony work together.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
D…Jņ VU is a decent whodunit, but itís nothing new. The time machine thing was a little far fetched, but thatís Hollywood. I think most Tony Scott fans will enjoy it, but Iíd recommend making it a rental.
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