Vantage Point (2008)
Critic Consensus: Vantage Point has an interesting premise that is completely undermined by fractured storytelling and wooden performances.
Eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the one truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. Thomas Barnes and Kent Taylor are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide in the hunt for the assassin. In the crowd is Howard Lewis, an American tourist who thinks he's captured the shooter on his camcorder while videotaping the event for his kids back home. Also there, relaying the historic event to millions of TV viewers across the globe, is American TV news producer Rex Brooks. As they and others reveal their stories, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place--and it will become apparent that shocking motivations lurk just beneath the surface. … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Pete Travis (II), Pete Travis|
|Written By:||Barry L. Levy, Barry Levy|
|In Theaters:||Feb 20, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 1, 2008|
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as Thomas Bames
as Kent Taylor
as Howard Lewis
as Rex Brooks
as President Ashton
as Phil McCullough
as Angie Jones
as Ted Heinkin
as Ron Matthews
as Kevin Cross
as Mayor De Soto
as Grace Riggs
as Secret Service Agent
as Mark Reinhart
as American Woman
as Police Woman
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Critic Reviews for Vantage Point
Is it too much to ask for procedural thrillers like Vantage Point to connect all their dots before the closing credits?
Vantage Point is a patented representative of this year's early mediocrity. Vantage Point is trailer trash.
Although based around a familiar, Rashomon-style concept, Vantage Point ratchets up its intensity so effectively that the lack of originality hardly matters.
If you are looking for mindless action, it's not bad. But since this is trying to be something more than that, I can't quite recommend it.
Audience Reviews for Vantage Point
A completely new concept to me to film the movie shooting the same part from several different characters views till you ran it all together at the end. A good action ride and kept me watching the whole time.
An average storyline but an entertaining thriller. By no means impressive but the way the story was told was actually quite well done. It is cleverly told by different characters perspectives and is suspenseful like a good action thriller should be.
An interesting cinematic idea saddled with a typical script yet lightened by a good cast. The President, fighting terrorism, is under threat by some clever radical elements yet protected by a do or die Secret Service man ... wonder how it turns out?
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