Deja Vu is Exactly What You'd Expect, Which is Okay.
Nov 24, 2006 (Updated Nov 24, 2006)
Review by Michelle Chelledun
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Bang For The Buck
Pros:Exciting, suspenseful, likable characters, action scenes
Cons:Time warps are sort of old-school
The Bottom Line: I'm pretty satisfied, and my popcorn was good.
I was in the mood for a big, exciting, likable, action-filled movie today. You know, one with lots of explosions and some psychological thriller elements. After being scared away from The Fountain by some terrible reviews, mr_chelledun and I headed for Deja Vu. While the premise isnt terribly new, Deja Vu is an excellent popcorn flick and delivered everything I was hoping for.
Recommend this product?
Denzel Washington stars in his traditional role as a hero, ATF agent Doug Carlin. Carlin finds himself assigned to investigate a tragic Fat Tuesday ferry explosion in New Orleans. He finds himself involved with a federal investigation that utilizes some rather unusual technology, which may put him in the position of being able to avert the tragedy and save the life of victim Claire Kuvecher (Paula Patton). Oh yeah, and expect lots of explosions and some talk about bending time and diverting its flow.
I always enjoy watching Denzel, simply because he is so appealing in the type of roles he consistently takes. His turn as Doug Carlin is no exception and I found it impossible not to root for him. He plays Carlin with just the right mix of intensity and average-guy lightheartedness to make him believable. I also really enjoyed Adam Goldberg as Denny, the cynical yet good-hearted secret agent. He adds some much-needed levity at moments when the films own self-seriousness threatens to send it into silliness. Jim Caviezel is convincingly unstable as bad guy Carroll Oerstadt. Those are just a few highlights. All in all the cast was excellent for this film.
Now, on to the plot. Speaking of Deja Vu, the concepts of time travel, deja vu, and changing the past are, sadly, pretty much overworked these days. At least one film each season seems to tackle a similar theme. While viewing Deja Vu I saw shades of Minority Report, Butterfly Effect, The Forgotten, and Momento. All of those films I love, so the similarities were not necessarily a negative for me. Deja Vu does not quite have the sharpness or originality of any of those movies. What it does have, though, is plenty of action, a fast pace, and a few surprises.
While I was able to predict the films ultimate outcome, Deja Vu did keep me guessing about minor details. A few scenes were so suspenseful they made me downright nervous. Some new and clever elements were also thrown in with the time travel concept to keep the movie from being an exact rehash of one of those I mentioned above. I especially loved the look of the impressive computer technology that plays a key role in the film. Never mind about the plot holes
just dont try to analyze the film too deeply after viewing or youll give yourself a headache. When my husband and I left the theater, I asked him what he thought. He said, It was entertaining. In such a lousy movie year that was really enough for us.
We feel satisfied that Deja Vu was money well spent on a lazy holiday afternoon. This movie wont win any awards for originality, but Denzel sorta rocks and lots of things got blown up. Deja Vu is one of the best action movies Ive seen this year and is probably a safe bet for any crowd.
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