Sunday, June 24, 2007

Deja Vu

Deja Vu: sometimes a bad movie can be just as much fun as a good one. Friday night we watched Deja Vu. George had brought along our Netflix disc. He had looked forward to watching this movie and we had gone out of our way to add it to the top of our Netflix queue.

If you haven't seen it, it is about an ATF agent (Denzel Washington) who travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered, falling in love with her during the process. IMDB gives it seven stars, which is usually good enough to be good enough, but this movie cut a distinct line through the four of us. Michelle and Michael thought it was laughably awful from the start, and George and I were trying very hard to find something to like about it. The four of us have very different tastes in movies anyway, and trying to find one that all of us would like is a challenge. But this particular movie was a shared experience that ended up more fun that it was worth. We joked and laughed about it all day Saturday.

The movie is highly improbable: not real, but not science fiction either, and it lost me when the ATF agent was driving recklessly fast in a souped up ATV looking through a head-piece camera that could see into the past by four days, while trying to navigate down the wrong way of the highway at high speeds chasing the bad guy. He may be trying to catch the bad guy, but he was causing several cars full of innocents to careen off the bridges and roadways at high speeds, catching on fire, killing...well you get the idea. It was supposed to be exciting, but it looked like excess to me.

The movie lost us at several other points as well, and simply fell apart so many times that we were left groaning in our chairs. Mike was making fun of it the whole way through, and poor George was trying his best to ignore this real-time melee beside him and concentrate on trying to like the movie.

Because the movie was so bad, we had a great time yesterday picking it apart, laughing at all the goofs and inconsistencies and discussing why it was such a bad movie. We all apologized to George for being so hard on "his movie", but he didn't really care. In the end, he didn't really like it either!

Have a great day!