This movie opened without a lot of fanfare last November. I confess I didn't get to the theater to see it, even though I had a special interest in it. My husband and I were in New Orleans the previous spring when it was being filmed, and he actually passed Denzel Washington walking around in the French Quarter. (I was in a conference session, dang it!)
We spent a morning on the levee, watching helicopters and boats buzz around near the bridge. When we strolled past the filming location, we saw a mess of ambulances and cop cars, lights flashing. Hence, some early scenes of the film looked rather familiar.
Little did we know, we were not there during filming of the coolest scenes. In an age of CGI miracles, the director of this film, Tony Scott, chose the old fashioned way of creating special effects: lots and lots of explosives! One of the neat things on the Déjà Vu DVD is the commentary track, which includes mini-documentaries on the making of special effects sequences, including how they dealt with concerns that their explosions would damage the river levees.
The story is intricately crafted by writers Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio. Because I hate spoilers, I'm not going to post any, but I will say that it's a fine story, filmed in New Orleans, that tragically wounded but still glorious city. Everyone should see this film.
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