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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" PG-13*] (1hr 56min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Company
Director(s): Tony Scott
Producer(s): Jerry Bruckheimer, Ted Elliott, Don Ferrarone, Chad Oman, Terry Rossio, Pat Sandston, Mike Stenson, Monte Swann, Barry H. Waldman
Written by: Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio
Cinematography/Camera: Paul Cameron
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Film Editing: Jason Hellmann, Chris Lebenzon
Casting: Kerry Barden, Denise Chamian, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith
Production Design: Chris Seagers
Art Direction: Drew Boughton, Gary Diamond, Scott Plauche
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
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Finally! With a final score of 57, Deja Vu is a PG-13 film that earned a PG-13 equivalent score! The score of 57 places Deja Vu toward the bottom of the cell of PG-13 scores in the comparative baseline database (55 to 67 out of 100) -- a "hard" PG-13 at only three points above the "R-13" threshold of 54 -- but a PG-13 score nonetheless.
But know still this film is fully equivalent to many R-rated films in the comparative baseline database regarding content revealed by two of the six CAP investigation areas: in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Murder/Suicide (M), thus the reasons for the red CAPCon Alert light. On a lighter note, Deja Vu is equivalent to PG films in the comparative baseline database in Impudence/Hate (I) and in Sexual Immorality (S), is a "very lite" PG in Offense to God (O) and is a solid G in Drugs/Alcohol (D). For more information on investigation area equivalence, see the individual investigation area discussions below.
On Fat Tuesday of the 2006 Mardi Gras 543 men, women and children, many of them military personnel and their families, enjoy a leisurely trip on the Senator Alvin T. Stumpf ferry in the barely operational post-Katrina New Orleans. As a ferry operator inspects on-board vehicles explosives envelop the ferry in an inferno. The impression given of the ferry population was "government" which is what domestic terrorist Carroll Oerstadt (Jim Caviezel) was targeting.
Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) has been selected to work with FBI agent Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer) who heads an elite high-tech unit with access to Snow White. Snow White is a device capable of viewing the past. Four days and six hours of non-rewindable viewing into the past. Snow White can connect with any surveillance equipment on the planet and can thus project three-dimensional digital images of the past within a limited range. Now Carlin has a window into the past. Once he finds the people he feels are directly connected with the bombing, planning investigation operations is a piece of cake. But the longer he takes finding the right people, the more is lost to time. As Carlin proceeds in time, the four-day, six-hour window into the past advances, too, and vital information may be lost. Forever.
A connection is suspected by Carlin between the bomber Oerstadt and a young murder victim, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). Carlin capitalizes on the features of Snow White to discover whatever he can about Claire's life in the recent four days and six hours and slowly builds an intricate timeline leading up to both Claire's murder and the bombing. Can he use this evidence that has already passed to prevent what has already happened? One might think so since the window provided by Snow White seems to be an actual bridge in time rather than just images.
Some clever manipulations of Einsteinian science make for a story that will not let you leave your brain at the door. If someone manipulates the past and causes it to change, will that in turn change the present which is dependent on what has happened? And if the present is changed from within the past, will dependent events cascade to where things that have happened never happened or someone here now never existed? Or if you alter past events do you instead become part of them? The film sets up such paradoxes in a way that invites the viewer to play around with them and come up with their own theories. One theory explored by the writers was portrayed in quite possibly the very first car chase involving two cars from different times at the same time.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
With a Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score of zero out of 100, this PG-13 movie is easily equivalent to some R-rated films in violence. This investigation area found enough violence to cause loss of all the starting 100 points. The violence content is, at times, rather intense: incineration of hundreds of people including children; a pile of dead, burned bodies; a body with extensive burn and trauma gore; much gunfire to kill; more. [Prov. 16:29, Prov. 3:31]
Deja Vu is clearly equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database regarding profanity. Note that it is not equivalent in profanity content to the increasingly present "R-13" films (PG-13 films which earn the same final scores as R-rated films). [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Prov. 8:13]
Sexual Immorality (S)
With the same Sexual Immorality investigation area score as the score for Impudence/Hate (63 out of 100), morally speaking this film is about the same magnitude regarding sexually immoral behaviors as it is with profanity. There is female nudity with an exposure to the gluteous fissure plus lots of adult in underwear. Innuendo is lite but in one case immoral sex is encouraged as a relief. This investigation area found film content to be equivalent to most PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database. [Mark 7:21, Gal. 5:19]
Deja Vu has a score in Drugs/Alcohol surprisingly high for a teen flick. No drugs or alcohol nor prescription drug abuse were noted. Only smoking. This investigation area found the content to be equivalent to many G-rated films. [1 Cor. 6:19]
Offense to God (O)
With two uses of God's name in vain though without the four letter expletive plus some mockery of God's Word, the film content teeters on the cell boundary between G- and PG-equivalence to the films in the comparative baseline database. [Deut. 5:11, Gal. 6:7]
This investigation area found enough assaults on morality and decency to earn the second lowest of the six investigation area scores. With a score of 43 resulting from at least seven gunfire murders and one sacrificial suicide, the Murder/Suicide content is easily equivalent to many R-rated films. [Rev. 22:15]
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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