A pair of cosmic engineers, responsible for constructing The Earth, have misplaced a jar of Cosmic Building Material, essentially, the universe’s DNA. And with the inventory due to be taken, they need to get it back quickly or face the ultimate punishment.
Meanwhile on Earth, a pair of young backpackers are travelling across Europe, looking for someone who can tell them about a mysterious jar found in a cave in New Zealand, unaware that others, exiled from Eternity, will stop at nothing to take it from them.
It’s a entertaining story, broken into small chunks which can be read as time allows (helpful if you find it difficult to carve out an hour or two at a time). Even the minor characters are fleshed out enough to make them part of the story instead of props. And as the story wraps up with some surprising twists, even the most villainous of the characters begins to show signs of redemption.
I’m not entirely certain why I decided to rent Deja Vu. I don’t have anything against the Murder-Mystery or Drama genres, but the description from Netflix wasn’t something that would normally seize my attention: Déjà vu — that powerful but fleeting sense that you’ve been here, or met someone, before. ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) finds himself dogged by that feeling as he investigates a bombing on a New Orleans ferry. Should he shrug off the unsettling sensation, or can it help him unravel the clues he needs to save hundreds of innocent people from disaster?
It’s a fairly accurate description, but not the sort of thing that would usually get my attention. For whatever reason, I decided to take a chance on it and added the movie to my rental queue.
The movie started off slowly, but that didn’t last long. Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington’s character) is an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who is assigned to investigate the bombing of a ferry in New Orleans. His talent for quickly figuring out the details of the bombing is recognized by an FBI team assigned to the case and they recruit him to help out.
The surveillance technology being used by the FBI is the first Sci-Fi twist to the movie, but the plot twist has its own twist that results in the storyline doubling back on itself. The resolution is a little bit of a cliché, but done in such a way that it’s quite enjoyable and even the loose ends you hadn’t thought of end up being tied-up.