Denzel Washington hits the big screens once again in yet another performance that, although may highlight his aesthetic qualities, certainly proves that his range in character never seem to change.
‘D√©j√† Vu” opened in theatres Nov. 22, just in time to confuse, bore and rip off the holiday crowds.
This film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, stars Washington as Doug Carlin, an officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Val Kilmer as an FBI agent and Jim Caviezel, who strays from his usual on-screen personality to play a neurotic and insane terrorist.
Also introduced in the film is actress Paula Patton, who bears a striking resemblance (in both appearance and acting skills) to Halle Berry, which begs the question, “Why didn’t they just use Halle Berry?”
Well, from the 128 minutes that I spent in that theatre, my guess would be that Berry probably knew better.
Aside from all the action-packed scenes, explosions, destruction and edge-of-your-seat thrills, “D√©j√† Vu” has the archetypal “tough cop searching for the bad guy with only a limited amount of time” movie plot and seems to be confused as to whether or not the story is supposed to be realistic or completely fictional.
To better elaborate and with the risk of spoiling the movie, any film that finds a way to link a time machine, a terrorist attack, a damsel-in-distress and an agent who takes himself too seriously definitely hits the mark of originality, but anything beyond that is just awkward.
One thing is for sure: if you want a movie to analyze and delve into in hopes that you will find the meaning and value behind its storyline, then you’ve got another thing coming.
“D√©j√† Vu” is the accustomed case of Hollywood clich√© purely for the sake of boredom and implausible entertainment.
Final Grade C-