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2000s, Time Travel

Deja Vu (2006)

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After a disasterous terrorist bomb sinks a New orleans ferry full of Navy personnel Doug Carlin an investigator identifies a relationship between it and the body of a young woman in the morgue. He is asked to join a team who are looking into the disaster, and finds that they have a means of looking back in time about four days in the past at a location of their choosing. He directs them to look at the events taking place in the life of the young woman whose body is in the morgue, and begins to think that if he can go back himself he could save her and prevent the disaster.

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The ferry blows up and sinks, Doug begins to use logic to determine the course of events, particularly after visiting the morgue. He joins the investigating team in their high tech room with many screens, and through the screens we see the young woman, clothed and naked. Doug follows a trail to the bomber’s hideout, the terrorist is captured and interrogated and the team stands down, but that is not the end of the matter. So some violence with firearms, a bit of nudity but no sex, drugs or drinking.

A View I am a bit of a sucker for time travel movies, if for no other reason than I enjoy the efforts of the writers to sort it all out. In this case the writers say that they had produced a script with no plot holes, but that the director had subverted it in favour of more explosions and action.  Despite their dsapproval I enjoyed it and feel that it is well worth a watch for nothing, particularly if you are a Denzel Washington fan. Paula Patton as a corpse is so good looking that you know you are going to see more of her – and you do.
Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Tony Scott
Writers/Script Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio
Starring Densel Washington, Paula Patton, Jim Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Bruce Greenwood, Elle Fanning
Additional Info The writers sold the script for $4.5 million, which must have mitigated their disappointment a bit.

 

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