Box art for Deja Vu

Deja Vu

  • Rated PG13

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


Academy Award(R) winner Denzel Washington (Best Actor, TRAINING DAY, 2001) joins forces with blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer and mega-hit director Tony Scott for DEJA VU *** the powerful, fast-paced action-thriller with a mind-bending twist.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    55%
  • Audience Score
    73%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Violent terrorism thriller isn't meant for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this violent thriller has been targeted more at adults than kids, but some teens will be interested. With the movie's terrorism storyline, it's not surprising that there are explosions, car crashes, fights, and shootings -- which result in burned, bloody, beaten, and drowned bodies. Weapons include knives, guns, bombs, and vehicles. In one scene, scientists and authorities watch voyeuristically as a woman undresses and showers in her apartment. Characters argue loudly and discuss motivations for terrorism alongside religious faith, and in one sad scene, a father grieves his daughter's murder. The language is very tame for a PG-13 film.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the concept of dj vu: How does it provide a dramatic hook for a movie? What are the characters' different motivations (revenge, self-sacrifice, desire, revulsion, science, faith, etc.)? How do different motivations lead to different results? Families can also discuss the possibilities of time travel. What would you change about your own behavior if you could go back in time? Did you know this movie was about time travel before you saw it? Do you think marketers and producers consciously chose to downplay that angle? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    55%
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  • Audience

    73%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Innovative action with a plotline that doesn't know how to explain itself. Denzel's great as usual.

- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012

3 stars

The Tony Scott/Denzel Washington team serve up a fast breaking time travel/love story about federal agents trying to stop a terrorist bombing in post Katrina New Orleans. Strains credulity, but hey, its a decent movie.

- ApeneckFletcher, Friday, January 6, 2012

2 stars

Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is his name, and he works as an ATF agent in New Orleans. His current assignment is to catch a terrorist who bombed a ferry within the first five minutes of the film (thank God I didn't skip through the opening credits--that might've been the only attention-grabbing scene in the entire film). He is told about a superb technology that, Doug realizes, can do more than solve the crime: it will allow him to travel back in time to prevent the crime from happening. With such incredible technology as one of the main plot subjects, one would think this film would be fairly short. This runs for a whole two hours, and with all the extraneous scenes it contains, it feels like even longer. In fact, this film makes the average crime mystery TV show, seem like a short video one would find on YouTube. After seeing Denzel Washington and Tony Scott collaborate in UNSTOPPABLE, a slightly more recent film, I couldn't wait to see this film. Scott put the same amount of adrenaline into the production, but he couldn't fit it with the plot. For example: there was great, pulse-pounding music, but rather than being placed in the appropriate scenes, it's placed in scenes depicting Washington's character listening to his voicemail. How many double-takes this film drew from me, I could not count, but the ending drew the most, for sure. Although this film was not interesting, the central concept was. The title may lead you to believe that this film is about time travel, and that's part of it. The technology used to solve crime does many things, such as the basic time travel, as well as the ability to spy on people, pause, rotate the view, and much more. Truly, this is what any FBI agent would want to use to solve a crime, and I applaud the filmmakers for putting their own technology to a purposeful use. If you look at DEJA VU for looks and nothing else, it's amazing. Looking at it from a normal film-watching perspective, this isn't very enjoyable, and it's overly complex. Actually, maybe "complex" isn't the correct word. What I mean to say is that not much is explained at all. Just the slightest explanation fit into the two hours would have brought this from utter disappointment to solidity. Full Review: http://wp.me/p1Urcx-xA

- spielberg00, Tuesday, December 13, 2011