Déjà vu, that opens today features Denzel Washington in a mind-altering role
When Keanu Reeves as Neo/Anderson feels he saw the black cat before, his cronies from the real world tell him the feeling of déjà vu indicates a system error. That explanation in the cyber punk techno thriller Matrix is as good as any for the vaguely paranormal phenomenon. The immensely successful producer Jerry Bruckheimer fresh from the sea and the exploits of assorted pirates and mutated squids (Pirates of the Caribbean) has decided to tap into this phenomenon in a twisty time thriller and love story, called Déjà vu. The film explores the theory in the fringes of quantum physics that déjà vu could be the result of parallel universes that accidentally intersect when the fabric of space and time is disrupted.Tony Scott, who has worked with Bruckheimer in movies like Top Gun and Crimson Tide helms this project while Denzel Washington, who worked with Scott in Crimson Tide and the recent Man on Fire was roped in as the lead.Washington plays agent Doug Carlin. Washington loved the love story in reverse bit where he is in love with Claire Kuchever, who in the film's twisty time frame dies before Washington meets her. As he says: "I loved that a big part of this story is a love story in reverse. My character encounters a young woman who is dead when he meets her and then he gets a chance to watch her live." Newcomer Paula Patton plays Claire. Then there is also Jim Caviezel, who we all remember as Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's ultra violent The Passion of the Christ. Here he plays Oerstadt, a dark, disturbed character, the prime suspect in a bombing that kicks off the action. And also from Top Gun is Val Kilmer who we last saw with hilarious make up in a delightfully over the top performance as King Philip in Oliver Stone's Alexander. Kilmer plays Washington's partner FBI agent Andrew Pryzwarra. To make sure that the facts were all correct, the makers brought in a number of consultants from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on board. The film was shot in New Orleans and was one of the first films to be shot there post Hurricane Katrina. The look is standard issue Scott with fast cuts and unusual camera angles. While Bruckheimer calls the film a sleek modern thriller, a romance and the rest of it, there are enough explosions in slow motion and car chases over the Mississippi to convince you that you are surely getting a big Bruckheimer bang for your buck.