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Deja Vu

7.12 h 1 min2006X-Ray12
When a ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families is blown up in New Orleans, Federal Agent Doug Carlin is brought in to help with the investigation. He becomes attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit that uses space-folding technology to look back a little over four days into the past.
Tony Scott
Denzel WashingtonPaula PattonVal Kilmer
SuspenseScience FictionAction
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Adam GoldbergJim CaviezelJames CaviezelAdam Goldberg
Jerry Bruckheimer
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4.6 out of 5 stars

3178 global ratings

  1. 76% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thinking Man's sci-fi
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‘Deja Vu’ is definitely a film that you haven’t felt like you’ve seen before *boom boom* - it’s actually as ‘original’ as any modern Hollywood film is going to be. And by that I mean it’s probably quite similar to a few others, but presented differently enough to make it worth a watch. And, if that’s not enough of a recommendation, it has Denzel Washington in it. What more could you want?

The ever excellent Denzel plays a cop who has to investigate a domestic terrorism incident where someone blows up a boat full of naval servicemen and their families as it draws into port in New Orleans. However, instead of taking witness statements and making public appeals, he chooses to team up with a shadowy government agency who have invented a machine that can ‘look into the past.’ However, just because they can peek into the past, doesn’t mean they can easily identify the killer. Unfortunately, the machine can only look into the past exactly four and a half days ago – and time is constantly moving forward. Even in the past. Confused? Don’t worry. Denzel will explain it better than I can.

Although, it is one of those films where you do have to pay attention. It’s not one where you can check your Instagram account and wander off for a cup of tea. I’m not going to go into how the plot unfolds, as there’s more to it than I’ve mentioned. If you’re slightly put off by the sci-fi element, don’t be. It works on many levels. Obviously, there’s a strong sci-fi feel to it, but nothing too over-the-top and the machine has a ‘real’ look to it, like it could really exist in our world. However, it’s primarily a cop movie where the good guy has to track down the bad guy. So, hopefully it should appeal to more than just fans of the sci-fi genre. And, obviously, you have Denzel. He’ll probably never win any Oscars for his performance here, but it is definitely enough to lift the film to even higher heights.

Don’t expect wall-to-wall action. This is definitely not a ‘Transformers’ movie. And it’s all the better for it. Get ready to follow closely and see what the future holds for the war on terror. Or should that be the past?
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Michael MacneilReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best time-paradox films of the 2000s
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This is still a really watchable film today - the technology still looks good and the scientific babble is great for the physicist who wants some downtime to watch TV. Denzel and Jim Cavaziel (who plays the baddie) are absolutely excellent, Cavaziel is one of the most under appreciated actors, impeccably capable who despite a respectable resume lacks a lot of lead roles he deserves because of his decision to play Jesus for Mel Gibson (Mel even rang him back to tell him it could bust his career), he plays a bad guy really well - he is always calm and utterly convincing. Denzel is just superb and commanding as expected during this period where he had established himself, the female lead is competent but they overdo the emotions of her and her Dad a bit. Final touch to avoid the paradox of Denzel meeting himself is clever - he xxxxxx , thoroughly recommended.
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rob stirlingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sometimes your wishes come true.
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One of the late and underrated Tony Scott's best films in my view. It helps that he's combined again with Denzil Washington, they both know whats in the tank and know how far to take it.
I think they were on the limit with this plot, immensely enjoyable as I found it, and there are plot holes that I could drive my Jeep Cherokee through (especially the ending ). I found that the best enjoyment comes from watching the film a couple of times as the plot and chain of events is complicated and implants on someone like me much better with repetition.
The characters are very likeable and extremely well acted in the sense that they all came 'on board' the incredible plot. Denzil is affable, clever and alone which means that he's not perfect in this kind of film, and is drawn to a murder victim, played ( in flashback ) by the stunning Paula Patton, because he wished that he'd known her when she was alive after delving into her background. Val Kilmer is an agent, flexible in thought and with a science background, working within a scientific project that can display the past with a kind of 3D video imagery.
Jim Caviezel plays a disturbed terrorist and does bring his trademark intensity to the role which makes the character very believable, committed but creepy.
I don't think I'm giving any spoilers away because much of this unfolds early in the film, after a spectacularly filmed opening sequence involving a ferry in New Orleans.

From there on the film is a roller coaster ride, visually brilliant, technically unbelievable and you need to suspend belief to follow the plot, though to be fair to both writers they tried to make the film as believable as is possible for a time travel themed production ---- a minefield.
I loved it, but I was wearing my flexible hat.

The dvd has English subtitles and shed loads of superb bonus features.
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MNReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kind of watchable
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I thought this was going to be a "normal" Washington-type film but it turned out to be a back to the past, back to the future genre.
The concept is intriguing but the execution was quite comic-book-like. Seeing through walls and listening to conversations and chasing cars from yesterday down the highway is silly fantasy.

It got three stars because it was intriguing enough to keep me entertained but I stopped watching towards the end because the whole thing lost its meaning.
I won't be watching this again.
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Mr. A. C. R. MundayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Time Travel Done Right
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Not many time travel/paradox films are so internally consistent. It was nice to see the attention to detail that went into it. It kept my attention for a couple of hours and I'll want to watch it again. Ironically it would have made a great Police procedural and was until the time travel reveal. I didn't come to this film expecting a lot and I was very pleasantly surprised.

While not strictly obeying what we understand by the laws of physics it set out it's stall in a plausible way given one basic conceit (that you can create an Einstein-Rosen bridge and it's linked to the past) and after then followed what would logically happen for a particular set of characters and circumstances. The script, direction and acting were generally faultless and while there were a few cliched characters and events it never felt forced.
AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
very clever
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This was a fabulous sci fi. About an FBI agent going back to the past, but only just. It was only as sci fi as it had to be, and no more which made it feel credible. It helped that one of the techs looked exactly like one of our computer techs when I was still working.
Denzel Washington was fabulous in this, ably supported by an extremely talented cast. The plot was interesting and kept me glued to the screen throughout, and the double twist in the end was extremely clever and made for a tidy ending.
A well put together film and I have to say this was 2 hours well spent.
P. WILLIAMSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 December 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Director, Producer and Lead Actor say it all.
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An amazing film in many ways. Excellent screenplay, with, apart from Denzel Washington in the lead, James Caviezel , Val Kilmer and lovely Paula Patton in the cast, story centres on an explosion on a Ferry hired by friends and family of sailors from the US.Nimitz which has terribly devastating results with absolute carnage. When the body of a young woman washes up on the banks of anew Orleans river it is established she was dead BEFORE the explosion. Washington, playing FBI Agent Doug Carlin is able to assess a crime scene in seconds and uses his skill and knowledge to follow the trail of mayhem. Using a new 'invention' from a Special Government Department and guided by their experts, Carlin is able to first view events which recently occurred and then 'travel back in time' to BEFORE THE event in order to prevent the explosion and catastrophic number of victims, save the girl and establish WHO is the bomber? Directed by brilliant, energetic Tony Scott and Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Different style of crime film, non-stop action and highly recommended!
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BM2662Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie. Appalling picture quality on bluray
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Deja Vu is a five star movie with a zero star bluray picture quality.
It's just about the worst bluray I've seen. I don't own many digitally shot bluray movies because they generally look totally inferior to movies shot on Celluloid.
Compare The picture on a movie like The Adventures of Robin Hood from 1938 to Deja Vu and the move that was made 68 years prior to this has the far superior picture quality on bluray.
Thankfully, we are seeing top directors using celluloid again. It's just a pity that a great movie like Deju Vu will always look awful.
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