Déjà Vu

Time flies by. The decision to film in post-Katrina New Orleans recalls Spike Lee's incorporation of Ground Zero in (the also-great) 25TH HOUR. Here, the hurricane's wreckage poignantly amplifies the conceit of wishing to turn back the clock and prevent an unstoppable disaster.

I think DEJA VU may have been my very first Tony Scott film. It is, at least, the one I always remembered most fondly. I think the logistical labyrinth of the scenario, the unexpected collisions of the actors, and the resulting generative possibilities were what impressed me. (And the sci-fi element would have helped to overcome my negative bias against action films as a teenager.) When the Vulgar Auteurists made a case for Scott as a master, it was this film that made me believe they could be right.