Deja Vu Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
More often, tales of terrorism are showing up on the big screen as entertainment. But are we ready to pay money to see children on a fieldtrip or sleeping babies being blown to bits? Apparently Director Tony Scott thinks so.
Heading across the river to celebrate Mardi Gras’ Fat Tuesday, a ferry full of families, school kids and sailors on leave explodes when a bomb-loaded truck is detonated on board. As the bay waters boil with rescue workers and search boats looking for victims, Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) scans for clues to the culprit along a shoreline strewn with the remains of the accident. As an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Doug’s expertise becomes paramount to solving the New Orleans’ case, especially when Claire Kuchever’s (Paula Patton) mutilated body washes up on shore.
To help with the investigation, Doug is introduced to a highly secret surveillance system developed by the U.S. government that allows the user to see into the past. With it, Agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) and his assistants (Adam Goldberg, Elden Henson) can monitor public streets as well as look into the private homes of citizens. (Watching a woman walk around in her underwear and seeing brief topless nudity and bare buttocks as she showers is part of the job’s hazards.)
But being able to observe the intimate actions of citizens only makes the knowledge of their imminent deaths more disturbing. As he watches familiar crimes begin to unfold again, Doug makes an untested leap through time in a desperate attempt to change the past.
Graphic portrayals of victims being repeatedly shot at close range, doused with gasoline, burned and mutilated push the film’s violence levels. During a shoot out between police and a criminal, one man is crushed between two cars while another is drowned in a submerged vehicle. The script also contains some crude sexual discussion and infrequent profanities.
Although the film’s tension mounts as the group of covert officers intervenes in events from the past, audiences will have to suspend all sense of reality in order to buy into the time warp theory. Meanwhile, scenes of Katrina’s aftermath and a disturbing (although fictitious) terrorist act may trigger more Deja Vu than some viewers are ready for.Starring Denzel Washington. Running time: 126 minutes. Theatrical release November 21, 2006. Updated October 31, 2020
Rating & Content Info
Why is Deja Vu rated PG-13? Deja Vu is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images and some sensuality
Deja Vu may feel like a rerun as rescue workers move in to recover bodies and debris from a terrorist act. However, the violence continues as a discontented outcast opens fire on police and innocent bystanders. Characters are disfigured, shot, burned, crushed, drowned and involved in serious automobile accidents. Dead bodies are shown piled along the wharf and a mutilated corpse is examined in a mortuary. Unbeknownst to her, a woman is being watched by government officials. She is shown wearing only underwear, and breast and buttock nudity is shown when she showers. The script contains profanities, an extreme expletive, smoking and references to drug use.
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Deja Vu Parents' Guide
Claire’s father gives Doug a handful of pictures because he wants his daughter’s death to be important to the officer. Do you think things like victim impact statements and pictures affect crime investigations? What effect can they have on the public?
Although a surveillance system that police could use to solve a crime would have many benefits, what privacy issues would arise from the government being able to see into your home? Are there too many cameras and surveillance equipment in use now or should more be utilized to help deter criminals and protect citizens?
Can movies about terrorist acts inspire more of the same? Do you think moviemakers should shoulder any responsibility for fallout from their films?
The most recent home video release of Deja Vu movie is April 24, 2007. Here are some details…
If you want the feeling of seeing Deja Vu again, then look for the movie on DVD. The disc will also give you a peak in the Surveillance Window (a featurette that takes you back in time to experience behind-the-scenes moments with the filmmakers), as well as at deleted and extended scenes. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.