Sat 9 Jun 2007
I just hope they’re not watching “The View” … that would be weird.
We’ve all heard the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”.
After seeing the trailers for “Deja Vu”, I assumed it was some overly clever sci-fi thriller hodgepodge where Denzel struts his stuff and nothing all too innovative or interesting happens.
I should really remember to reserve my judgments sometimes.
Instead of the simple A-B-C, director Tony Scott and the cast wove an intelligent premise into a good film.
The basic idea is that the government has developed a way to see into the past, to a specific time into the past that is always running forward. There are no second chances to see what happened.
Denzel plays an ATF agent in New Orleans assigned to an explosion who gets enlisted into the special task force using this technology to solve the crime. I really shouldn’t say any more than that.
The plot twists and turns but nothing so far-fetched as to lose the audience. I will say that I was a little sorry at how predictable it was, though many of the twists toward the end I didn’t have 100% correct until nearly the last minute.
The acting all around is strong. I especially liked the casting of Adam Goldberg, Elden Henson and Erika Alexander as the technicians behind the ability to see into the past. The three of them played well off each other and added a needed element of levity to the otherwise somber tone of the film.
Tony Scott has always been able to handle fast-paced films well and this is no exception. His fast-cutting style lends itself well to the subject matter and the look and feel of the scenes utilizing the advanced technology.
I’m giving “Deja Vu” a strong 3 out of 5. It would have been another notch higher if it hadn’t been so predictable or felt so long, as the ending starts to drag once you have all of the plot points figured out. It’s almost like watching a football game already knowing the final score.
Still, if you are looking for a good sci-fi thriller, I recommend getting this off of the rental shelves.