Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Deja Vu

There are a lot of different directions you could go with a Time Travel concept. HG Wells probably did it the best it will ever be done. However, Deja Vu takes a very interesting technological approach to Time Travel. An idea that could have been another cheap knock off turned out to be intelligent and captivating...not to mention suspenseful and action packed!

Rather than building a Time Machine that can travel with a person through time, Deja Vu let's viewers in on a Government Secret that was discovered accidentally. A ripple in the fabric of time allows satellite cameras to be positioned to view anywhere in the world at a precise time relevant to the current time. In other words, you can see exactly four days ago...real time. If you miss something there is no going back to take a second look. Specialized filters fill in details from known images to create missing details in areas that the cameras can not see. This three dimensional computer generated mock up is then visible from any angle. A high tech way to solve a crime.

Following a terrorist attack on a cruise ship occupied by 500 people, the ATF is called in to investigate. We are given pieces of the puzzle from the future without realizing it the first time through. Some of the pieces are not adding up to ATF Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington). In the process of trying to put the pieces together, he is introduced to the time travel technology which allows us to see into the past, but not travel (theoretically) into the past. Using the technology to assist him, Agent Carlin begins his quest to solve this crime. Washington was excellent in this film, which I find to be the norm for him. He brings an intensity and intellect to his roles that make them edgy and interesting.

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