Déjà Vuis a 2006 American crime action thriller with elements of science fiction , directed by Tony Scott , produced by Jerry Bruckheimer , and co-written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio . The film stars Denzel Washington , Bruce Greenwood , Matt Craven , Jim Caviezel , and Paula Patton as the main characters, but also includes actors Val Kilmer and Adam Goldberg .Déjà Vuinvolves ATF agent Douglas Carlin, who travels back in time in attempts to prevent a domestic terrorist attack that takes place in New Orleans and to save a woman with whom he falls in love, Claire Kuchever. Filming took place throughout post-Katrina New Orleans .
The film premiered in New York City on November 20, 2006, and was released broadly in the United States two days later. The film was released to Mexico and Canada by the end of November, and worldwide by the early months of 2007. It received mixed reviews from critics, and the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes ' compiled ratings give the film a below average rating of 55%. While earning $64 million in the United States, the film went on to gross $180 million worldwide;Déjà Vuwas the 23rd most successful film worldwide for 2006. The film was nominated for five awards, and won the Golden Reel Award .
On Fat Tuesday , Mardi Gras in New Orleans , ferrySen. Alvin T. Stumpfis carrying hundreds of U.S. Navy sailors and their families from the Algiers dock to a celebration, when it explodes and sinks into the river, killing at least 543 on board. Special Agent Doug Carlin ( Denzel Washington ) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) is sent to investigate the explosion and discovers evidence that the attack was a bombing committed by a domestic terrorist. On arrival at the scene he hears his ring tone ; the ringing is coming from a body bag nearby. He then meets with the investigating police officers and FBI Special Agent Paul Pryzwarra ( Val Kilmer ), and informs them of his findings. Back at his office, Doug learns about a charred body pulled from the river, that of a Claire Kuchever ( Paula Patton ). However, unlike the other bodies found in the river, this one was discovered to have been killedbeforethe explosion.
Pryzwarra is impressed with Doug's detective expertise, and convinces him to join a newly formed government-funded detective unit whose first case is to investigate the explosion. With a team led by scientist Dr. Alexander Denny ( Adam Goldberg ), they investigate the events leading up to the explosion by using a new program called "Snow White", which enables them to look into the past (4 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, 14.5 nanoseconds) in detail. The system is limited in that they can only see past events once; there is no fast forwarding or rewinding, although they can record what they see. Convinced that Claire is a vital link to the case, Doug persuades the team to focus on her. While investigating Claire's past through "Snow White", the bomber calls her to try to purchase her SUV to use to blow up the ferry. Although he decides not to purchase her car, during the phone call the "Snow White" team is able to discover an exact time and place where they know the terrorist will be.
Doug eventually discovers "Snow White" is actually a time window, and is also capable of sending inanimate objects into the past. Despite Denny's protests against tampering with the past, Doug has the team send a note back in time to inform his past self of the time and place to meet and stop the ferry bomber. Instead, his partner Larry Minuti sees it first and, while checking up on it, is shot by the terrorist through his car door. The team attempt to follow the terrorist, who takes Minuti with him, but he goes out of range of "Snow White". Doug follows him in the present time using a "Snow White" like helmet that increases the range. Doug follows the terrorist to his home. In the past time, Minuti begins to regain consciousness, but is fatally shot and then burned by the terrorist. In need of a vehicle big enough to hold the bombandthat is not riddled with bullet holes, and knowing Claire's address, the terrorist kidnaps her and steals her car.
Using face recognition technology, the ferry bomber is identified and taken into custody. He turns out to be a disillusioned man named Carroll Oerstadt, who is angry at the U.S. government after being turned down for enlistment by the Marines and Army , who believed he was overcommitted and psychologically unstable. Convinced that the case is now closed, the government shuts down the "Snow White" unit's investigation. Despite the killer's being caught, Claire and the ferry victims remain dead, which is unsettling to Doug considering the "Snow White" team presents an opportunity to alter history. Doug convinces Denny to do one last unauthorized experiment: send Doug to the past to save Claire and stop the ferry bombing. The procedure is risky, as until then no human has been sent through, and doing so could mean death to the time traveler. Against all odds, he survives the trip and stops Claire from being murdered in Oerstadt's house.
After tending to a bullet wound at Claire's house, Doug goes to the ferry where, with Claire's help, he kills Carroll, but is unable to disarm the bomb. To save everyone on the ferry, Doug and Claire drive the SUV with the bomb off the ferry into the water just before it explodes. Claire is able to escape, but Doug is unable to get out before the bomb explodes, and he dies in the underwater explosion. As Claire mourns Doug's death, she is approached by another Doug Carlin, the one from her present, who consoles her. As they drive off, the Beach Boys ' song " Don't Worry Baby ", which had played at the beginning of the film and at the end before they drive the car off the boat, plays on the radio.