Excerpt: I’m a big fan of the more counter-culture films out there, films that don’t exactly mold themselves to the usual Hollywood fare. “Vantage Point” is a movie that I’d place in that category as it’s interesting and unique, though not all together completely original. I’m reminded of a few other movies that play tricks on our senses: “Sliding Doors” with Gwyenth Paltrow showed how a woman’s life could be altered irrevocably just by missing a subway.
Excerpt: There’s a concept in Vantage Point that works. The contrived scripting and completely implausible action can’t take advantage of that though, leaving a fun, hollow thriller that could have been so much more. A loaded cast, including Sigourney Weaver in one of her worst efforts as a monotone news director, catches a different glimpse of the president being gunned down at a peace summit.
Conclusion: While the story didn’t do much for me, the Blu-ray edition of ‘Vantage Point’ is a technical showstopper. It features a stunning video transfer, a reference-level audio track, and a decent spread of supplements. I can't wholeheartedly recommend the film itself, but this disc is the sort of demo material high definition was made for. Give this one a look and see for yourself.
Excerpt: During an historic counter-terrorism summit in Spain the President of the United States is struck down by an assassin's bullet. Eight strangers have a perfect view of the kill but what did they really see? As the minutes leading up to the fatal shot are replayed through the eyes of each eyewitness the reality of the assassination takes shape. But just when you think you know the answer the shattering final truth is revealed.
Excerpt: In Vantage Point , an action movie masquerades as an intelligent mystery, and nothing is really what it seems to be. Normally I’d be opposed to watching a terrorist attack played over and over and over again, but that’s what the movie does for its first sixty minutes or so. It does so under the pretense of showing us the attack from different perspectives as a way of uncovering what’s happening, but all it’s really doing is introducing us to all of the movie’s major...
Excerpt: Much has been written lately about the way films related to the Iraq war and terrorism have failed to find traction with American audiences. Some blame war fatigue, others the middling quality of the films being produced, but the real problem may be a question of political courage: Whether they're about soldiers coming home, dead or alive ( Home Of The Brave , Grace Is Gone , In The Valley Of Elah ), or reviving fantasies of American might ( The Kingdom ), the discussion...
Excerpt: "Vantage Point" might seem interesting at first, with its "different points of view" storytelling, large ensemble cast and an American president. In truth, it's a bit repetitive and formulaic, with revelations only coming after we endure the assassination again and again. In the end, the bad guys die, there's a car chase to please all the confused viewers, and the story gets nicely wrapped up. Entertaining enough, but still annoying.