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Deja Vu (2006)

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After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Doug Carlin
Paula Patton ... Claire Kuchever
Val Kilmer ... Agent Pryzwarra
Jim Caviezel ... Carroll Oerstadt
Adam Goldberg ... Denny
Elden Henson ... Gunnars
Erika Alexander ... Shanti
Bruce Greenwood ... Jack McCready
Rich Hutchman ... Agent Stalhuth
Matt Craven ... Minuti
Donna W. Scott ... Beth (as Donna Scott)
Elle Fanning ... Abbey
Brian Howe ... Medical Examiner
Enrique Castillo ... Claire's Father
Mark Phinney Mark Phinney ... Agent Donnelly
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Storyline

A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families was blown up in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit, one that uses spacefolding technology to directly look back a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: could they use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing? Written by ahmetkozan

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What if you could change the past? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Déjà Vu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,574,802, 24 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,038,616, 1 March 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,557,550
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Greenwood and Denzel Washington previously worked together on the 1980s series St. Elsewhere. See more »

Goofs

During the film, there is a seen of Agent Minuti been shot by the terrorist on the pier (They saw it through this time machine, so there is no way to see Minuti live again), but after that when the team try to send the message through time, Minuti is still alive again, and he is killed the second time by the killer. See more »

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[first lines]
Ferry Captain: Can't believe it. They're right on time. Let's get these boys to their party.
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The opening production logos stop in mid-sequence, reverse for a moment, then stop again and continue forward. See more »


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Don't Worry Baby
Written by Brian Wilson, Roger Christian
Performed by The Beach Boys
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U can save her…Déjà Vu
24 November 2006 | by jaredmobarakSee all my reviews

It's a real shame that everything I had read about Déjà Vu concerned the high-powered explosions and loud clatter of guru/producer Jerry Bruckheimer. No mention, except maybe as a footnote, was given to A-list director Tony Scott and the magic he has woven in his past three films. The man who brought us Top Gun has seen a sort of revival in style lately with the entertaining Spy Game, the amazing Man on Fire, and the kinetic Domino. Scott has taken the quick cuts of music videos and has infused them into his shooting style. His editor better be making some good money as these films fly by with filters, jump-cuts, grain, and camera angles swiveling at every turn. Greatly overshadowed by brother Ridley Scott and his more serious, award-winning epics, Tony has been pumping out some of the most solid and entertaining films of the past couple decades. With a reuniting of semi-regular star Denzel Washington, Déjà Vu proves that when Bruckheimer is paired with a like mind, his usual drivel can become great. Scott shows us how to hone the explosions, noise, and clutter to an effective level and gives us a helluva ride.

Déjà Vu could have easily reduced itself to timetravel farce, going by the books to show a time warp in order to solve a crime. The far-fetched premise of being able to see the past as it happens four and a half days later should seem crazy and by watching the previews you are given the idea that it will be just a series of do-overs. Fortunately the trailers these days show a totally different movie than what has been crafted. Scott and his screenwriters have not only developed a sci-fi tale seeped in enough reality to at least be looked upon as plausible for the sake of the story, but they nicely tidy up any chance of their being a plothole. Our story begins with a devastating domestic terrorist act upon a ferry carrying over 500 people, Navy and family. Washington's ATF agent is brought in and discovers that it was no accident. Intrigued by the efficiency he displays, an FBI agent, played with nicely effective restraint by Val Kilmer, calls him in to check out a new toy they have to find who the perpetrator is. During the use of this screen of the past, Denzel acquires a feeling of obligation to do all he can to prevent what he sees from occurring in the present, no matter what consequences that might entail for the future. The quest to stop the violence begins with an attractive young woman who unknowingly has become an integral part in what will ultimately transpire.

The beauty of this film is that with multiple timelines being shown parallel to each other, there are many questions that desperately need answering. To credit all involved, they appear to have put themselves in the audience's shoes and piece-by-piece wrote in a reason for everything. Anything that is seen either in the past, present, or future has a reason for being there and will be intelligently explained. Also, the performances are stellar, Denzel and Kilmer as well as a quietly maniacal Jim Caviezel and the emotionally exasperated Paula Patton, and the visuals unique. While Scott has toned down the ultra-kinetic cuts and filters for the main action, his style is still stamped on the graphics of their screen showing the past. The motion trails and speed scans lend a stylized digital editing program feel and are gorgeous to watch. Déjà Vu's best sequence, however, is the crazy car chase during the present in pursuit of a vehicle in the past, definitely a rush and orchestrated almost flawlessly. Even though Ridley gets the accolades and Tony gets the hack/overproduced label, I must say, while they are the best directing duo in Hollywood, I might have to give the edge on pure cinematic entertainment to the younger Tony. He is on a roll and doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.


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