Déjà Vu

Director: Tony Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer

Reviewer: Rhys Smith

The hairs on the back of your neck stand up and your mind curls back on itself as you try to comprehend what you are feeling. You swear to yourself that you’ve experienced this moment before... but it's just that you saw this Denzel Washington in Inside Man... and again in Out of Time... and in <insert any Denzel Washington cop film here>...

Before he even speaks you know what Denzel will say and how he will say it. The take-charge, quipping cop with a hint of sadness to him finds clues where his inept colleagues don’t, as they try to discover the cause of a ferry explosion that resulted in the deaths of numerous cute families and servicemen.

In steps Val Kilmer, saying he has a way of viewing the past and therefore solving the crime. But does this technology go even further, maybe allowing them to prevent the tragedy altogether?

Despite being woefully under-acted in roles that could have been filled by anyone, this is a fun and gripping film. The Blockbuster King™ Jerry Bruckheimer tries to produce a twist movie with bangs, but doesn’t quite make it the thriller it could have been. Again we have the softly softly approach brought by both the director and cast to thank, with the twists obvious from the outset and the ending not hard to spot from even an hour away. But don’t let that detract you from watching this film. The writing is clever and it does have one or two star performances, most notably from Adam Goldberg as a smart-arsed scientist who helps run Val Kilmer’s little department.

Overall I would say that my opinion of this film is like a school report when you are twelve: “shows promise but could do better.”