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DÉJÀ VU: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
After a bomb explodes on a New Orleans ferry with devastating consequences, FTA Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is asked by FBI Agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) to assist them to investigate and recover evidence. During his investigation, he discovers that a beautiful young woman, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton), found dead in the water, had been killed prior to the explosion. Carlin is assigned to a new unit that uses secret, advanced technology enabling multi-angle surveillance by satellites, but can only be decoded and compiled with a four day delay. But this technology turns out to be something other than surveillance. Carlin believes that by viewing footage of Claire, they could discover the identity of the terrorist responsible for detonating the bomb.

Review by Louise Keller:
Blending elements of satellite surveillance and time travel portals to the limit, Déjà vu is a ripper of a thriller, taking us on a complex journey, spinning a yarn that makes the impossible seem feasible. Denzel Washington is charismatic as the Agent who, for once in his life, wants to catch someone before the crime has been committed. It's a stimulating premise that uses known technology with creative advanced concepts, and director Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Spy Game) creates a reality that keeps our focus and commitment.

When asked to assist the FBI in their investigation into the bomb blast on the ferry that resulted in over 500 deaths, Carlin (Washington) immediately starts to look for clues from anything that doesn't belong. Carlin is a loner and believes in the inevitability of loss. Hence it is ironic that he falls in love with the woman whose life he is observing after her death. He quickly feels as though he is getting to know Claire (Paula Patton), as he watches her in her home through the sophisticated surveillance facility. It feels voyeuristic, watching her at any angle, as she feeds her cat, talks on the phone, takes a shower. Thermal imaging, worm holes, bridges and time windows are suddenly part of Carlin's reality, and issues of destiny, fate and spirituality are canvassed.

The storyline takes wild leaps and most of the time we eagerly jump with it. There was one moment, however, when I wondered whether the projectionist had missed a reel, so great was the leap required. Washington carries the film with style, ably supported by Val Kilmer as the FBI agent and Jim Caviezel as the bomber suspect. Patton, seen recently in Hitch, is bewitching as Claire, and we can understand the connection that Carlin feels, despite the fact he is only watching her on a screen. There's a hair raising drive across the bridge when our eyes tell us what our logic refutes and tension builds solidly to a tense, breathtaking climax. The ending may deter some, although for me it adds an extra element for thought provoking reanalysis. It may not make total sense, but Déjà vu is a highly enjoyable, superbly made thriller. Like me, you may want to see it again.

DVD special features include documentaries on the scientific possibility of time travel as well as behind the scenes footage and a look at the development of Doug Carlin's character.

Published May 24, 2007

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

DÉJÀ VU: DVD (M)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, James Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Bruce Greenwood,

PRODUCER: Jerry Bruckheimer

DIRECTOR: Tony Scott

SCRIPT: Tony Scott, Bill Marsilii

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Paul Cameron

EDITOR: Chris Lebenzon

MUSIC: Harry Gregson-Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Chris Seagers

RUNNING TIME: 121 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: BVI

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 18, 2007

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: *Behind the scenes through the time window *Developing the character of Dough Carlin *Split time car chase *Meet the team: Denzel, Tony and Jerry *Cameras of DeJa Vu *Time travel *Audio commentary *Deleted scenes*Time travel theories from the experts

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHE

DVD RELEASE: May 23, 2007







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