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Déjà-Vu

Over 500 people die in an explosion of a ferry on the Mississippi river in New Orleans. ATF agent Doug Carlin quickly finds out that it wasn’t an accident but an act of terror. Little later, a body of a young woman, Claire Kuchever, is found and people immediately assume she’s one of the victims but Doug notices that the woman was dead before the explosion. He believes there’s a connection between her and what happened with the ferry so he starts investigating her actions and along the way finds some very strange things.

Little later, FBI agent Andrew Pryzwara invites Doug to join a newly formed team that has some very advanced equipment that makes it possible to see what people were doing 4 days ago in real-time. Doug decides the team should focus on following Claire’s activities to find out who did the attack as apparently it’s Claire’s car that was used for the explosion. Slowly but steadily Doug finds out that the equipment doesn’t just show recorded footage, but actually follows people in the past. As the team gets closer to whoever did the bombing, Doug finds himself falling in love with Claire and he’s determined to save her still.

Sound and Vision:
Deja Vu has undergone quite some stylistical changes which make the film have a special look. However, this also lowers the amount of detail at times which is a pitty. For the rest the image is pretty decent.

The sound is terrific with good use of all available channels and improvement could probably only come in the form of a DTS track which should be a bit more aggressive. Still, we liked the DD5.1 track a lot.

Extras:
– Audio Commentary track by director Tony Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and co-writer Bill Marsili
– Explosion on the Ferry
– Developing the character of Doug Carlin
– Make-up, Costumes and Special Effects
– The Observation Screen
– The Cameras of Déjà Vu
– Chase in Two Times
– The Team: Denzel, Tony and Jerry
– Stunts: Fenced Area
– Stunts: Ferry
– Elaborated Scene (only one despite the cover mentioning multiple)

The short featurettes can be shown as a whole with a “Play All”-function and then you can see it as a pretty decent Making Of that has interview fragments with the main cast & crew and covers most of the interesting parts in the production process.

Conclusion:
Tony Scott has for once dropped his chaotic fly-by camera work in Déjà-Vu and that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, the director has found a new gimmick: slow motion. Tons of scenes, interesting or not, suddenly switch to slow-motion for no apparent reason other than to prolong the movie. Did Tony realise he didn’t have enough material to fill 121 minutes of movie? We guess so as we have no clue what’s so special about Denzel Washington grabbing his cellphone that we have to see it in slo-mo… and that’s not the only moment we start wondering that.

Déjà-Vu takes on time travelling and puts it in a modern day perspective but as we all know time travel can cause paradoxes and inconsistencies if you don’t watch out and I guess Tony and Jerry didn’t think of that. Throughout the movie you’ll often have a feeling that things aren’t as they should be and that there are quite large loopholes in the script. Also the reactions of certain characters on what is happening often seems totally unlogical and in the end you’ll be sitting in your chair, wondering why you spent two hours watching this. Unless you turned off your brains, then you’ll have the impression you’ve seen a pretty standard action movie with actors running on auto-pilot.

The extras included on the disc are pretty decent and the same can be said about the soundtrack. The image quality could have been better though.

Our Score:
5.0

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