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Deja Vu November 24, 2006
Deja Vu
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images and some sensuality.

If you feel like you've read this story before you may be right.

It's a review of the new Tony Scott movie "Deja Vu."

It's a review of the new Tony Scott movie "Deja Vu."

It's a review of the new Tony Scott movie "Deja Vu."

Sorry, I couldnt on to the rest of the review.

Denzel Washington stars as Doug Carlin. He's an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent sent to investigate a terrorist attack in which hundreds were killed.

But as he delves into the mystery he discovers that the feeling most people believe is in their heads is actually something that crosses the bridge of time and space. Jim Caviezel plays a dark and disturbed man who verbally jousts with Carlin.

But the agent refuses to give up. Instead, his search for answers takes him to a lab where scientists use a "window" to look back in time at past events.

"Deja Vu" is a mixture of action and science fiction. Grounded in the real world it quickly twists and turns down a fantastic path which explores the physics of time.

Washington does his usual solid work as the hero. His attention is focused on both the bombing and a beautiful woman named Claire. Played by Paula Patton, Claire is dead when Carlin first meets her. But through technology he's able to watch the moments leading up to her death and may be able to do something about her tragic end.

In addition to Caviezel, Val Kilmer and Adam Goldberg turn in strong performances in supporting roles as a federal agent and a scientist who holds the key to the past.

Don't burn up too much brain power on the explanations about how deja vu works. Just give in to the movie because of the great acting, interesting characters, fast-paced action and beautiful photography. Scott presents a strong film which is entertaining as long as you don't worry about the time travel devices which strain credibility.

What starts as a standard action thriller becomes much more and it's a fun way to spend a couple of hours at the theater.

On my rating scale "Deja Vu" earns a Triple.

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