Deja Vu Movie PosterTony Scott is well-established as a Director in Hollywood. Scott has directed Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire and now Deja Vu. All of these films have been top quality thrillers with a blockbuster cast including greats like Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. The pace is frenetic, the cinematography reinforces the dynamic excitement in his blazing films. His films are similar in proportion and content to Michael Bay's fare, but add an extra element to all the thrills, spills and action - they make you think.

Deja Vu is exactly the same, except it is one of Scott's first endeavours that take one into the Sci-Fi realm. Denzel Washington has worked together with Tony Scott on a number of films like Man on Fire and Crimson Tide. The two obviously enjoy working together, and there seems to be some mutual resonance for role and genre. Scott tackles the hunt for an unidentified bomber, when a ferry packed with crew from the USS Nimitz is blown to smithereens in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras.

An ATF agent, Doug Carlin, arrives on the scene and immediately gets on the case with the FBI. Under the watchful eye of Agent Andrew Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer), Carlin proves he's got the stuff. Pryzwarra introduces him to an experimental FBI team using space-folding technology via satellite, which enables them to "look back into time". Carlin's instincts and detective work are used to track the bomber, and capture the suspect before he vanishes into obscurity. They link the bombing to a victim, who was found up the river before the explosion. They monitor her activity before the bombing in an attempt to piece together a puzzle leading to the bomber. The chase is on, but they only have once chance because the technology seems to be tracking at the same speed as time.

Deja Vu is thoroughly captivating, and just when you expect the film to plateau, it steps up a gear. The genre interplay keeps the film interesting and fresh, and Washington, Kilmer, Cavaziel and Patton keep you on tenterhooks with some strong consistent performances. It's a race against time as Carlin rushes to find the clues, and evidence he needs to punish the bomber. It all boils down to one twister of a conclusion that may leave some confused, and others exhausted. It's a great film with quality written all over it. It won't let you go until the credits roll, so fasten your seat belts and enjoy Deja Vu for its intensity, suspense and action.

As with most Tony Scott films, you can expect a fair level of violence... but don't worry it's not as bad as Man on Fire. Look out for the beautiful newcomer Paula Patton, who plays Claire. She does a fine job in supporting Washington as he unravels the pretzel time line. Jim Cavaziel is Carroll Oerstadt and Val Kilmer produces yet another quality showing as Andrew Pryzwarra. The Hummer scene is based on the real-life robot H1ghlander, and is a real gem that reminded me of the car chase scene in The Rock. Scott and Washington have a history of film-making, and there seems to be an excellent understanding between lead and director. As with most Sci-Fi films dealing with time, there are some flaws, but the overall appeal of the film as a gripping piece of entertainment negates any plot holes.

Deja Vu scores an 8 on the SPL!NGOMETER.