Directed by Chris Esper and written by Jason K. Allen.
Starring: Christie Davine, Kris Salvi, Craig Capone, and JP Valenti.
A man who experiences deja vu when he spots a woman sitting on a park bench – a woman he remembers from a dream but has never met. When their paths finally cross, a portal opens which takes each of their lives in unexpected directions.
The Deja Vuers is competently shot and acted with some decent comedic beats. However, every now and then I see an indie film that I just don’t get.
The Premise – The idea of having two strangers meet simply because one of them had deja vue of the other is a pretty interesting idea. Then having one person try and justify their meeting because of the deja vue is a great set up to a comedic film.
Lack of Message – I love watching short films because they generally have to put a very impactful message inside of a short time frame. In The Deja Vuers I couldn’t tell you what the point was if I had a gun to my head. Maybe it was just to be funny, maybe it was a chance for the director, writer, and actors to practice their craft, or maybe it was just a story to look at how weird deja vue is. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you.
The Script and Story – This is where The Deja Vuers really breaks down. Not in what the actors are saying, but the random directions and turns the story takes. It’s felt like watching a movie written by a 5 year-old where everything seems interesting and makes sense but then a dinosaur suddenly appears and eats everyone. Where did the dinosaur come from? Well, because the 5 year-old said so of course. This is kind of how The Deja Vuers seemed when the next plot point came in. It didn’t seem to flow or make any sense. Maybe a longer script could have fixed that, but as it was presented didn’t make work for me.
As I said I don’t think The Deja Vuers is bad, I just don’t get it. However, these unusual, random elements might be perfect for some.
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