Picks and Pans Review: Déjà Vu

UPDATED 12/04/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/04/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton

Partway through this loopy sci-fi detective thriller, a female character complains, "None of it makes sense. None of it!" You got that right, sister.

Déjà Vu is one of those movies that becomes doubly bad because it takes itself oh-so-seriously even as it's veering into the ridiculous. Reteaming with director Tony Scott (Man on Fire), Washington plays Doug Carlin, a federal agent investigating a horrific crime in New Orleans. The film loses it when Carlin starts using futuristic surveillance equipment that can scan the recent past to zero in on the life of a murder victim (Patton). Then he goes back in time to try to save her. Déjà insists on explaining in eye-glazing detail how the high-tech gear supposedly works, though clearly its main function is to allow Carlin and his crew (and viewers) to watch the comely woman parade around her house in frilly undies. (PG-13)


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