Action and explosion films are probably my all-time least favorite type of movie. But, there are always exceptions (The Rock, The Professional, etc). Deja Vu is another brilliant piece of cinema and storytelling.
The film begins with a terrorist attack on a ferry, on Fat Tuesday, in New Orleans, about six months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of New Orleans, LA. ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington, who is always awesome in everything he does) is assigned to the case. Carlin is cocky, confident, and smart as hell. Because of this, a special team of scientists brings him on board to “new, top-secret technology” they’ve developed.
With this, the film pokes fun at itself…. never taking itself too seriously, when discussing this new top-secret thing. Val Kilmer, Elden Henson and Adam Goldberg provide much-needed comic relief as the scientists, with a movie as intense and violent as it can sometimes be.
Carlin (Washington) learns that the government has found a way (using satellites and modern technology), to review potential evidence locally in real-time (a few days prior), and at any angle they wish to view. It’s important that they review the correct things, as this real-time review only happens once.
There’s more that I won’t spoil…. but, this is one of my favorite action/terrorist films. It’s intelligent and pokes fun at itself in a lot of ways, and Denzel Washington is just superb. Directed by Jerry Bruckheimer. Sometimes they just hit it right out of the park. It’s movies like this that make action genres actually watchable. Ten year-old film, but feels insanely fresh, even in 2016. Don’t sleep on it!