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:: Deja Vu

Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is one of the first federal agents on the scene following an explosion aboard a New Orleans ferry. Over five hundred passengers perish in the fiery inferno, and Doug suspects it to be the work of a terrorist because he discovers traces of a weapon of mass destruction amidst the charred bodies bobbing in the water and washing up along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Carlin is soon joined in the investigation by FBI Agent Andrew Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) who is privy to a top secret project at headquarters which enables the government to observe anyone anywhere via a complex series of interconnected satellites. For some reason, the tape-delayed system always shows events on the screen which transpired precisely four days and six hours ago. This means that all the authorities have to do to crack the case is point their time machine at the pier from which the ferry embarked and watch until the evil mastermind (Jim Caviezel) appears.

The plot thickens when Doug becomes obsessed with one of the victims, a pretty young woman named Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). Instead of waiting four days to figure it all out, Agent Carlin comes up with the bright idea of teleporting himself back in time to try to prevent the attack from ever happening. It seems preposterous and full of sci-fi playmaking but the story will still engage viewers.

Visually, this is a very enjoyable and compelling film. It has solid action credentials with director Tony Scott at the helm and Jerry Bruckheimer in the producer's chair. Denzel Washington is good in the lead role while Val Kilmer's role isn't as strong as hoped. Paula Patton is great to look at, but it's Jim Caviezel as the bad guy who steals the scenes.

Scott’s trademark style of extreme close-ups and quick choppy edits is thankfully all but missing. And when the action heats up, Scott pulls out all the stops. When Washington hops in a car, dons a special helmet that allows him see into the past, and chases Caviezel through the busy streets, it’s one of the most amazing and unique car chase sequences in a film.

As far as the extras are concerned, “Surveillance Window” offers a decent behind-the-scenes documentary and a comparatively engaging commentary by Tony Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, and co-writer Bill Marsilii. For fans of the film, the remainder of the special features include a “Split-Time Chase,” which breaks down the differences in time; “Cameras of Déjà Vu;” about the new technology used in the film; and “The Ferry Explosion,” which breaks down the coolest scene in the movie for those who love huge fireballs.

Also included in the special features are entertaining deleted scenes with an additional eight minutes of footage with optional commentary from Tony Scott, plus extended scenes. Déjà Vu delivers big in bonus content to give viewers a broader look at the film on many levels, including the production and the concept of time travel.

DVD Extras

Deleted and extended scenes.
Surveillance Window - go back in time and experience behind-the-scenes moments with the filmmakers