Deja Vu (2006) (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 128 November 22, 2006
By Nathan Lee
So yeah, déjà vu: You've seen it all before. Take that, Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer! Except you haven't quite. The story goes like this: The ferry blows up (seen it), Denzel Washington struts on the scene to investigate (seen it), clues are discovered (seen it), a dead girl is found under mysterious circumstances (seen it), Val Kilmer arrives looking kind of pudgy ( . . . ), and everyone heads off to a top-secret government base and climbs into a gigantic spark plug. There, joined by the usual group of wiseass technicians, they begin to retrace events with the help of Snow White, a next-level surveillance system linked up, naturally, to seven satellites. The console renders real-time composite images of anything that happened four days ago, from any angle, through all obstacles, and in the visual vocabulary of the 21st-century blockbuster. Except that actually it's a time machine. (Now here is something new.) Of course, Scott and his screenwriters (Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio) are less interested in concepts to explore than high-concept gimmickry. But why complain when it results in a car chase that simultaneously blows shit up on two different time planes?
Tony Scott Denzel Washington, Jim Caviezel, Paula Patton, Adam Goldberg, Val Kilmer, Bruce Greenwood, Jon Purvis Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott Buena Vista


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