Sunday, December 17, 2006

My Take - Déjà Vu

A Movie Mini-Review
By: A. L. “Toni” Anderson

Déjà vu is a French term meaning, literally, "already seen." It is thought to be a trick of the mind which occurs when one eye sees an event (or a person) a split second before the other eye, causing the suspicion that the same something has occurred in the past. In director Tony Scott's new action thriller Déjà Vu (2006), Denzel Washington (Inside Man - 2006) is able to see events that have occurred exactly four days and six hours in the past, or so he believes. The actuality is even more creepy, if that is conceivable.

The screenplay is written by Bill Marsilii (Courage the Cowardly Dog - 1999) and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - 2006). The film is an "Already Seen" Production.

Washington’s character is an ATF agent investigating the bombing of the Algiers ferry in New Orleans, on which 543 bodies are found dead. There is something strange, however, about the one body washed up on a nearby shore, whose injuries seem inconsistent with the bombing. Paula Patton (Idlewild - 2006) co-stars as Claire Kuchever, the object of Washington’s apparent trick of the mind. An older and heavier Val Kilmer (Alexander - 2004) is FBI Agent Pryzwarra, the agent responsible for recruiting Washington into a world of science fiction, including time travel and parallel realities.

The vehicle for the agents’ apparent time travel is a series of "Big Brother-type" cameras strategically placed throughout the City of New Orleans. As unbelievable as it all may seem, it does give one pause for thought, in this day and age. The “science fiction” of a few decades ago is the scientific reality of the 21st century. It is difficult to say what might not be possible.

Denzel turns in his usual fine performance here, which is no surprise. James Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ - 2004) is more than credible as the crazed bomber. Paula Patton’s evident desperation draws the audience into what is essentially a very bizarre plot. The balance of the cast is portrayed by Erika Alexander (Heist), Bruce Greenwood (Capote - 2005), Rich Hutchman (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), and Matt Craven (Assault on Precinct 13 -2005).

I really liked this film, suspending my disbelief just long enough to enjoy Denzel’s presence. If you haven’t already, go see it! You may be treating yourself to a glimpse of the future. [RT 2:08]

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[© 12/14/2006]


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