Deja Vu Movie Review: Ironically Original

From director Tony Scott, Deja Vu might be one of the most exciting movies I've seen this year. With nonstop plot twists and several creative cinematic references to the movie's name, Deja Vu is ironically original.

This movie had everything a movie should have: action, suspense, drama, underlying personal stories (which were never truly explored but you still felt satisfied with their presence nonetheless) and, of course, Denzel Washington. In Washington's third film with director Tony Scott (the previous two included Crimson Tide and Man on Fire) Deja Vu merges advanced astrophysics with an action packed plot for one sensational flick.

Denzel Washingto in "Deja Vu"

The story begins with a terrorist explosion on a ferry outside of New Orleans that kills hundreds of civilians. Without a doubt, this attack draws the attention of security agencies across the country- including the ATF's leading man, agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington). In a very overly cheesy Hollywood manner, Carlin has been blessed with an IQ of nearly 7 billion. He has an uncanny ability to connect the most trivial of details and notice discrepancies that NASA satellites couldn't pin-point. How he became a pseudo superhuman was never explained but 20 minutes into the movie you just begin to accept his obvious superiority over the rest of us mortals and our simple cognitive abilities.

Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer in "Deja Vu"

Once on the scene Carlin identifies the body of Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton) and immediately notices that her profile doesn't fit with the rest of the fatalities from the explosion. He immediately takes his finding to the FBI agents on the scene and this is where the film takes off.

Denzel Washingto in "Deja Vu"

From here, Carlin joins a team of highly intellectual scientists lead by Agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) who have miraculously created a machine that can bend and manipulate the space-time continuum (in essence, they have the ability to look and send data exactly four days into the past). At this point the movie gets very dense with scientific explanations surrounding worm holes and extra dimensions in an attempt to justify the existence of such a ludicrous machine. The explanations left me wanting to know more but I was surprised at how willing I was to buy what they were selling.

Denzel Washington and Paula Patton in "Deja Vu"

Once, the movie sets up the rules of the game for manipulating space and time this film takes off without boundaries. They send notes, light beams, and even Denzel into the past, all of which play a part in how the current present develops. I was riveted by how the movie seamlessly incorporated the changes inflicted in the past into the present outcome.

Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer in "Deja Vu"

This movie was extremely well written and thought out. The way they were able to connect the minutest of details to drastic events occurring in the present was masterfully done. The movie, however, was filled with many loop holes, as well as unexplained character back stories, yet, the movie is pumped full of so much action and has such a creative framework you seem to forgive all the little hick-ups (of which there are many). Nonetheless, Deja Vu is well worth the price of a movie ticket and is one of the best blockbuster movies I've seen this year.

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