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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Film Review: Deja Vu

Déjà Vu (12a)
Dir. Tony Scott

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

Greetings, I’m writing this review in the future – you don’t have to believe me but I’m also watching you from exactly four days and seven hours ahead of your ‘current’ time.
Yep, I know how crazy this sounds but stop for a second and consider – what if it’s true?
Oh yes, the film… Well, if you’re at all familiar with the work of director Tony ‘Top Gun / Man on Fire’ Scott you’ll know what to expect in terms of slick heavyweight action, adrenaline soaked plotlines and excitably frenetic camera work. In Déjà Vu you get all of that usual Scott stuff and a bonus bonkers time travel plot device thrown in to shake up the well worn action formula.
Denzel Washington is on cracking form here as US special agent Doug Carlin – a guy who gets things done, a guy who will not stop until he’s saved the day, a guy who looks impossibly cool taking off his sunglasses in slow motion. You know the type. You’ve already seen him doing this before…
Déjà Vu takes you to a place where the US Government can monitor the past in a constantly running ‘signal’ which broadcasts what happened exactly four days ago. It’s technology that makes Google Maps look rubbish – this thing can zoom in, see through walls and track individuals at the flick of a joystick (think PlayStation 3 on steroids). One scene has the team of nerdy scientists (led by Val Kilmer) using the machine to track a gorgeous female played by Paula Patton as she struts around in her underwear and takes a shower. And it’s just as well that they can because a deranged terrorist has just blown up a ferry killing hundreds of innocent men, women and children and this babe is linked to the attack. As luck would have it Washington gets the chance to use the super time bending device to go back and try to thwart the bomber but not before falling for the smokin hot Patton whose life he may also be able to save. It might not completely stack up in the quantum physics time travel theory department but it does make for cracking viewing. For a decent dose of action choose Déjà Vu.
In fact I think you may already have?

Darkmatters rating system (out of 5):

Action öööö - quality, breathless and genuinely exciting
Laughs öö – not a chucklefest but it doesn't need to be
Horror ööö – satisfyingly grim for a 12a!
Babes öööö – Paula Patton is hot!!!

Overall öööö (if you like action movies - you need to see this film!)

"OK now can you show me the 'full frontal' shower cam?"

Darkmatters: H O M E

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Tom Wade said...

I agree - this film has been unfairly mauled! Check out my top ten and worst 5 - I think you'll have a few issues with it! Great to read yours...

Anonymous said...

I also saw this film and truly enjoyed it, just too lazy to write about a review in my blog.