Déjà Vu

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Déjà Vu
Terrorists beware. The finite divisions of time and space are no longer a cloak with which to conceal yourself from the American law enforcement agencies. According to ‘Déjà Vu’, the new soulless morale-booster from Tony Scott, in the near future, your tax dollars will not only enable governments to catch criminals, but they’ll be able to prevent crime from ever happening in the first place.

Roughly two minutes after Jerry Bruckheimer’s name and production insignia have flashed across the opening titles, a New Orleans passenger ferry explodes, killing 500 people. It’s the stock American Tragedy the government has been waiting for to try out a new piece of kit: a time portal that leads four days and seven hours (why?) into the past. Denzel Washington is the charismatic investigator invited on to a special unit (led by a worryingly plump Val Kilmer) to stop patriotic loon Jim Caviezel from teaching the world a lesson with his trusty pick-up truck full of explosives.

Scott’s customary tics and traits are all here, from the washed-out palette to his patented inability to keep the camera still for anything nearing a second (it’s as if he’s directing every shot from the cockpit of a helicopter with half his mind on the controls and the other on his half-lit stogie). Take away a couple of neatly staged action sequences and you’re left with a callously measured slab of US jingoism that deals with the most horrific human tragedies in the most lunk-headed and insulting way possible. But the message is clear: don’t worry, people, the forces of evil have been licked. Thank God for time travel.

By: David Jenkins


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday December 15 2006
Duration: 126 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tony Scott
Screenwriter: Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio
Cast: Denzel Washington
Paula Patton
Val Kilmer
Jim Caviezel
Adam Goldberg
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Washington carries the film , as usual (he could make just about anything watchable). However strict attention to detail is required - if you go out for a snack you may end up losing track. Also gets less credible as it goes along.

Utter crap, which is, moreover, obscene: at its end, the 'film' is dedicated to the courage of New Orleans inhabitants. I think that there is no worse way of insulting these people who, after having suffered from a hurricane, did really not need this display of bad taste and cheap pile of 'patriotic' clichés. Déja Vu, as its French meaning says, is something we have already seen before: in this case, the tricks used in this extraordinarily bad flick havê been already seen a thousand times. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!