Deja Vu

Cover Art and Menu: 4/10
The cover of this is one of those ho-hum lack of effort jobs that not only doesn’t represent the movie, but it has nothing to do with the story. Well, yea, the leading man and woman are on the cover, that’s it, nothing else that even resembles what you are about to see. The menus are the same. I’d like to say the movie made up for the blasé cover, however, I try really hard not to lie much in this life 🙂

Extras & Features: 7/10

  • The Surveillance Window Featurette – This is cool way to present all of the extra features for the making of the movie. You choose this in the menu and the movie will play, but seamlessly go to the extras at certain points in the film. There’s lots of stuff about the writing and how the movie got made, and all that good DVD extra material…so, if you are willing to sit through the movie twice, you will enjoy the behind the scenes bits and pieces.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes – Nothing too exciting here, it’s self explanatory.

The Movie: 4/10
I would love to tell you how great this latest offering is from both Tony Scott and Denzel Washington. I would love to say I have deepened my appreciation for both of these fellows. I would even enjoy saying it got me mildly interested in what they are each doing next…like I said though, I try not to lie much.

As usual I didn’t know what it was about before I started watching, so I was excited that Scott was back in the saddle with a new movie for me to fall in love with. I am a True Romance fanatic, not to mention I loved Clay Pigeons, and Man on Fire. Let’s just say I will have to watch True Romance again to get my heart started for Scott again.

Deja Vu starts with us meeting our leading man, an investigator for the ATF coming to look into a ferry that has been bombed killing over 500 people including many service men and women and their families. I hate to say it, but I think that element was tossed in to over hype the drama of this tragedy to get our blood cooking. It’s a cheap tool to use when, as I watched the rest of the movie, I realized it’s one of the tricks that was meant to keep my attention. That’s because the story doesn’t hold up to what I suppose are my standards of what keeps a movie entertaining, interesting, stimulating, and generically catalogued in my mind as a memorable experience.

My standards are pretty lax by the way. I don’t mind Science Fiction mixed with Romantic Comedy. I don’t mind lame ass dialogue or poor special effects, if there are other redeeming qualities in a film. I don’t mind if a big star is slapped on top of a horrible story as long as I get something out of it, like the entertainment, or stimulation of my mind, funny bone, or tear ducts….Deja Vu fails at all of this, sadly.

Once we meet Mr. ATF and he then is tossed into the investigation, we are introduced to ludicrous technology, boring secondary characters, more insane technology, and a story that couldn’t avoid a bit of a stink factor even if you put it in a Zip-Loc bag. I don’t like to be negative. I don’t like to focus on the things I don’t like about movies, but this time it was actually necessary. I can’t talk about this movie and point out the good things, the good acting (which is all over the place, that’s the truth), the semi-interesting directing (even though Tony Scott can lay off the atmospheric jazz-a-maroo stuff now, we’ve seen it enough), or the groovy look of the whole thing, because none of that overrides the main problem, it doesn’t work.

It’s the hoky science and the ultra-boring characters. I said boring before, but they just got upgraded, peripheral characters including Val Kilmer and his blah blah blah role. I can cope with a lot of far fetched stuff, I love Sci-Fi and modern thrillers with crazy technology. I have seen every Bond film and enjoyed 90% of 007 and his incredible missions to save the planet. But damn if I can’t find it in me to look back on Deja Vu and think it’s not crappy. Whew, I really don’t like saying that about what should have and could have been a solid flick, that’s just how it goes I guess.

I was all excited to follow this agent through his journey to find some bad guys, hoping for some Tony Scott magic along the way and even some turns and twists along the way. All I got was good acting, good directing, and a bad movie.

Value: 5/10
Hmmm. Rental. Not much more to say really. 🙁 If you are totally into the behind the scenes they offer in extra feature on the DVD to learn about making a big budget movie, it might be worth a spot on your shelf. I just can’t think of any other reason unless you are a completist and need it to add to an existing collection of some kind.

Overall Score 5/10