This review contains spoilers! Lots and lots of spoilers!! Deja Vu Director: Tony Scott Cast: Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton Released: 11/22/06 Viewed in theaters: 11/29/06
When it comes to movies/TV shows/books/ anything about time travel, I am a huge geek. I get a thrill out of anything that has to do with time travel; I just find the whole concept so intriguing, so of course I find this movie fascinating. The film begins with hundreds of people boarding a ferry in New Orleans. A bomb explodes on the boat, killing all 543 passengers. Enter Denzel Washington. He's in charge of finding out what happened to the ferry and with the help of the FBI, he tries to find clues that might help him. One of these clues is a dead woman's body that has washed up on the shore, only she was found BEFORE the explosion happened, so Denzel has to figure that out too. And of course you know he's going to figure out how her death ties to the explosion because it's Denzel! When has Denzel ever let us down in a movie? (Okay, that movie he made with Russell Crowe really sucked..., but we'll blame that on Crowe. No, not American Gangster, the other movie they made together). Denzel goes to the deceased woman's house to look for clues and while he does find them, they don't make any sense to him. What he doesn't know is that his future self has already been there (coming back to the past) and present Denzel sees plastic magnetic letters spelling out "u can save her" on her fridge. There's also bloody rags in the sink which is also from future Denzel who was shot by the bad guy when he went back to the past to save the woman. You're probably saying, "Wait, hang on a minute? What the hell? I'm confused?" Okay, so to explain it a little better, Denzel meets these geeky computer techies (who are led by Val Kilmer) who have invented this device that allows you to go anywhere in the city and look at what's going on...four days ago, but yet they're live in the present. It's a bit confusing (and this movie has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese), but it's a cool concept. Though it would be highly illegal as they were using it to spy on the dead woman (well, she was alive since this was four days before she died) to see who she had contact with. Since Denzel already saw the note on the fridge he already knows that he DID go back in time to save her, so they send him back four days ago (the day of the explosion) so he can save the woman and stop the ferry from exploding. The ending was tripping, though. It was also kind of confusing... The Denzel who has gone back in time died (he drove the car off the ferry and into the water when the bomb exploded), but present Denzel is still alive. Okay, I'm not exactly sure how that works, but it's good to know that if I ever go back in time (within my life span, of course) I can be as reckless as I want because it won't matter if I die because myself from the time I'm going back to will still be alive! Uh, yeah. And then it didn't make any sense when present Denzel has a realization this his plan worked. Well, that makes no sense because the Denzel AT THAT TIME did NOT have ANY knowledge of the possibility of time traveling four days into the past! At that time he had not met Kilmer and his team.
So that Denzel was killed, but luckily the other Denzel from the past lived, but that Denzel had no knowledge that his future self time traveled, so is it still the same Denzel? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it still make a sound?
I like the movie, but it gives me a huge headache!