I told you earlier I have a destiny, a purpose. Satan reasons like man, but God thinks of eternity. Well, I prostrate myself before a world that's going to hell in a handbag, 'cause in all eternity, I am here and I will be remembered. That's destiny. A bomb has a destiny, a predetermined fate set by the hand of its creator, and anyone who tries to alter that destiny will be destroyed. Anyone who tries to stop it from happening will cause it to happen, and that's what you don't understand. We're not here to coexist. I'm here to win. So you'd better have some divine intervention, buddy. You're gonna need it.
~ Carroll Oerstadt

Carroll Oerstadt is the main antagonist of the 2006 thriller film Déjà Vu. He is a highly cunning and deluded terrorist who caused 543 people to lose their lives.

He was portrayed by Jim Caviezel, who also played Willard Hobbes in Escape Plan.

Personality

An individual of pure evil, hatred and xenophobia, Carroll Oerstadt was a highly deranged, yet cunning and sociopathic terrorist. He is rather enigmatic as his goals are unclear. He can be sophisticated and polite at time but it is clear that he completely disregards anyone's life except his own. In addition, he took also a sadistic pleasure into torturing, mutilating and murdering an innocent Claire. Extremely intelligent, he successfully exploded a ship full of passengers in the first timeline.

He is extremely determined to destroy the ferry and all of its passengers, and will not give up whatever obstacles or enemies will cross his path, so he is willing to pick a fight against Doug even if he was dominated by the agent. This makes him the worst threat Agent Carlin encountered, and it will unfortunately cost his life.

Biography

Oerstadt was mentally ill, yet emitted man who believed that government failed him after being rejected for failing to pass at psychological exams which lead him to become terrorist and targeting families of former comrades as well as immigrants for retaliation. Needing a vehicle to place a bomb on the ferry, he kidnapped Claire, tortured her and then killed Larry Minuti who tried to stop him.

Agent Doug Carlin who is Minuti's partner and best friend was called for investigation as family members waited for the news.

Seeing Claire's body badly battered and tortured, Carlin vowed to find the predator with the help of agent Pryzwarra, head of the group called Snow White which used time travel to solve the cases but unknown to FBI. Carlin and the FBI eventually captured Oerstadt who was arrested for his crimes and confessed.

In an effort to stop Oerstadt, Carlin managed to travel back in in time using Snow White and rescued Claire. The two then boarded the ferry where Oerstadt, wearing a bulletproof vest, killed several people and strapped Claire to the bomb. Carlin and Oerstadt engaged in a firefight where Oerstadt's vest protected him. In a final effort, Carlin removed his gun's magazine and opened the slide, pretending to be out of ammo, but in actuality keeping a bullet in the chamber. Using what he'd learned from the future version of Oerstadt, Carlin confronted the terrorist over his actions, buying Claire time to start Oerstadt's vehicle and pin him with it, allowing Carlin to kill him with a headshot. Unable to disarm the bomb and out of time, Carlin and Claire drive the vehicle into the river where it harmlessly explodes, saving the people on the ferry and changing the future. Although Claire escapes, Carlin dies in the bomb explosion. However, Claire soon after meets his present day self who is sent to investigate the bombing.

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