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

B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

Way too typical of a movie for Tony Scott. Sure, his style works good here, but I'd rather see it put to better use. The fact is, it's just a dull thriller that doesn't even have Deja Vu in it. Highly predictable, you can essentially figure out the ending from watching the trailer. Sure the performances are decent, but nothing special and no standout characters.

- ythelastman89, Friday, March 19, 2010

3 stars

Denzel plays his usual mild mannered but earnest supercop investigating a terrorist attack on a ferry who becomes part of a government team who can look through a window onto 4 days in the past. In other words, Minority Report for the past instead of the future. It's one of those films that has that kind of mind bending time paradox plot that tends to be quite entertaining if you like trying to figure out if the script writer actually thought the idea through properly, using the prerequisite science mumbo jumbo to try and explain it all, but of course it's all nonsense so you have to either accept it or not. James Caviezel makes decent baddie and is at home in time travelling wish fulfilment territory starring as he did in Frequency a few years earlier and it's pretty much the usual slick Hollywood blockbuster you'd expect (although I was quite grateful for the fact that Tony Scott dials down his trademark cine-wanking to the point where it's almost bearable). It takes itself rather more seriously than Nic Cage vehicle Next but is otherwise very similar; in fact it leaves you with exactly the same Chinese food feeling that makes it reasonably enjoyable while it's on but afterwards you don't really feel like you've witnessed anything of consequence.

- garyX, Wednesday, February 24, 2010