Deja Vu is an American movie the storyline for which was written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio. Their storyline for this movie was sold for a good 5 million dollars to Jerry Bruckheimer who got Tony Scott to direct it. Although Tony worked profusely hard to complete the production of this movie in just nineteen weeks, he couldn’t give the writers and the viewers the satisfaction they very much deserved. He changed the script and left a ton of holes in the plot which didn’t exist in the original draft for the film. He also focused more on the action in the movie than the extremely cleverly put plot.
The movie is PG-13 due to an intense scene of gore and violence. Deja Vu also contains nudity, sex, alcohol use, drug use and smoking. It has a rating of 7.1/10 according to IMDb. The movie had a budget of 75 million dollars and earned 180 million dollars from all around the world. The numbers make it a financial success but that is not the case according to a lot of the watchers.
Deja Vu received a lot of mixed reviews from the critics and the viewers of the film. Nevertheless, according to reports, it stood at the 23rd position on the list of top movies made in 2006 worldwide. It also received six award nominations and won the International Gold Reel Award.
Don’t confuse Tony’s Deja vu with Arvindh Srinivasan’s Deja Vu which is an Indian movie, directed in Tamil.
Deja Vu Cast
- Denzel Washington plays the character of an ATF Special Agent Douglas Carlin
- Paula Patton plays the character of Claire Kuchever
- Jim Caviezel plays the character of Carroll Oerstadt
- Val Kilmer plays the character of an FBI Special Agent Paul Pryzwarra
- Adam Goldberg plays the character of Dr. Alexander Denny
- Elden Henson plays the character of Gunnars
- Erika Alexander plays the character of Shanti
- Bruce Greenwood plays the character of an FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Jack McCready
- Matt Craven plays the character of an ATF Special Agent Larry Minuti
- Elle Fanning plays the character of Abbey
- Enrique Castillo plays the character of Claire’s father
Deja Vu Genre
Deja vu is an American science fiction and fits into the action, adventure, thriller and time travel genre.
Deja Vu Plot
Deja Vu started out as a one-page write-up, written by Rossio the plot of which revolved around a detective who time travels to investigate his girlfriend’s murder. That was until Bill emerged with an idea to make the protagonist fall in love with an unknown victim as he watches the last few days of her life by traveling back in time.
Following Bill’s idea, the story starts with a special agent from the ATF, Douglas Carlin or Doug for short, being asked to check up on an explosion that caused a ferry to sink, killing 543 passengers and crew members. When Doug reaches the scene of the crime, he meets local FBI agents there and shares his findings with them.
Impressed with Doug’s capabilities and aptitude, the FBI asks him to come and work with them on this case, which he agrees to. The FBI agents introduce him to a half-burned body that was found in the same water body a few minutes before the explosion. They all think that the dead body is somehow connected with the explosion which makes that dead woman the key to this mystery.
To investigate who the dead woman was and what happened to her, they take the help of a program called “snow white” which helps the investigators to travel into the past. With the help of “snow white” they are able to look exactly 4 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, and 14.5 nanoseconds into the past using several satellites to form a triangulated image of events.
Deja Vu Characters
Douglas Carlin, the protagonist of the story is a strong-headed man with morals and an itch to do the right thing. He is a determined, hard-working, capable, and relentless agent with a thing to do what he feels in his gut is to be done at the crime scene. Doug is a man who is not afraid to evolve and adapt to the new things that are thrown at him during the course of the movie. He was ready to risk his life and everything he had to save an innocent woman’s life. This proves that he is a true friend who, even though can be a little too harsh sometimes, will always be there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on.
Deja Vu Release Date
Even though the two writers were elevated to write the concept for this movie, the process got delayed at first due to an attack in New York on 11 September 2001 which disrupted Bill who at the time was a New Yorker. The process again got hindered when Rossio got busy with the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl film in 2003.
The concept for Deja Vu was finally completed in 2004 but the filming was delayed due the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. On 20 November 2006, the film finally appeared on the big screen for the first time in New York. It was released after a very short period of two days in the theaters for the public to watch on 22 November 2006.
Where To Watch Deja Vu?
You can watch the movie Deja Vu on Netflix and Disney+
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