Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Vantage Point is a 2008 mystery thriller film from Columbia Pictures, written by Barry Levy and directed by Pete Travis. It stars Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker with Sigourney Weaver, Édgar Ramírez and William Hurt.

This Rashomon-style thriller in which an assassination attempt on the president of the United States is detailed from five unique perspectives. As the president arrives in Salamanca, gunshots ring out. An American tourist (Whitaker) has captured footage of the would-be assassin on videotape, and now, as the stories of the other four witnesses unfold, each essential piece of the puzzle quickly falls into place. Only when all of the stories are told will the chilling truth to this shocking crime finally emerge.

Vantage Point isn't the best assassination attempt on the president movie, but it does have the most well thought out and planned assassination plot I have ever seen on film. Towards the end I found myself rooting for the bad guys because they just planned it so well, I would hate to see them fail. Of course none of it is based in reality and could ever happen but it must have been fun to think of it.

Since the movie is seen through a bunch of different characters POV, there really isn't a star of the movie or a hero. The whole cast has pretty much an equal part of the movie. This whole Vantage Point idea though gets kind of annoying in the beginning because we have to see things we already saw before all over again from a different angle but when certain things are finally revealed, it starts to find its rhthym, and how beautiful it is.

As the plot starts to unravel, so does the assanination plan, and it packs one surprise after another. In any other film it would be rediculous, but it is done so well and believable in Vantage Point that you forget how rediculous it really is. The car chase scenes are also really well done and the best I have seen in a while.

Dennis Quaid does a great job of staring like the sun is in his eyes the whole movie and Forest Whitaker looks more worried than a man in a bear fight throughout the whole film. Obviously not their best performances, but they don't need to be in a movie like this.The whole movie is about who is who and what is what. It does that job really well.

Vantage Point is a 7 out of 10.

The DVD features are nothing to exciting. Just the usual director's commentary, cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes stuff and outtakes which are pointless to watch because after watching the same scene throughout most of the movie, why keep watching it.



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