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Vantage Point (2008)

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35

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 154
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 100

Vantage Point has an interesting premise that is completely undermined by fractured storytelling and wooden performances.

25

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 24

Vantage Point has an interesting premise that is completely undermined by fractured storytelling and wooden performances.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 372,673

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Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, and Matthew Fox star in director Pete Travis' 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.

Jul 1, 2008

$72.3M

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Although mounted with no little efficiency by director Pete Travis (who previously made the TV drama-doc 'Omagh'), the narrative enterprise actually hides a one-dimensional world view, with civilian casualties mere background set dressing.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Is it art? Not remotely. But, up to the final scenes, it's a tremendous piece of engineering. And the hurtling force of Vantage Point is fun to watch.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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While the title, trailer and commercials imply that we'll be carefully piecing together clues to a complex assassination attempt as seen from several perspectives, the final product turns out to be a tepid thriller that promises more than it delivers.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Vantage Point is a thriller that has quite a lot on its mind. The very structure of the movie challenges the audience's patience, if not its wit.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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All this visual caffeine is in service to a story that isn't worth telling, and that too frequently resorts to the cheap technique of putting an adorable little girl in peril, then cutting away.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Is it too much to ask for procedural thrillers like Vantage Point to connect all their dots before the closing credits?

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Vantage Point is a patented representative of this year's early mediocrity. Vantage Point is trailer trash.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

For movies like Vantage Point, life is too short.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Although based around a familiar, Rashomon-style concept, Vantage Point ratchets up its intensity so effectively that the lack of originality hardly matters.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

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.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

The whodunit-with-terrorist-undertones doesn't test, shock or surprise the audience in any unique way.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It swears it's being clever yet refuses to trust the audience.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan--and their very lives--on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

[Vantage Point is] a puzzle cut by a drunken, three-fingered jigsaw operator who lost a few pieces and chewed on a few others.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

To fall for Vantage Point you have to throw away any connection to reality.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

If you thought 24's perspective on terrorism was, well, limited, get ready to groan. The meat and potatoes of Vantage Point -- the suicide bomb explosions, the bloody fisticuffs and blaring car chases -- are indeed awesome, and that's what truly matters f

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

Those inclined to scrutinize the logic of Barry Levy's screenplay are likely to come away as baffled by its farfetched twists as amused by its bombastic excesses.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Vantage Point takes a pretty high concept, dribbles a bunch of red herrings all over it, and makes things go boom, reaping better yields than the average TV show.

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

When you wrap a movie around a gimmick, the wrapping better be taut and engaging or the gimmick falls flat.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

As Vantage Point becomes increasingly busy with personal betrayals and redemptions, the ostensible politics, reductive to begin with, fall by the wayside.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Vantage Point is a tense and imaginative thriller that reels you in the longer it goes along, only to lose focus in the last 15 minutes. This final reel misstep is a shame, but it's not enough to ruin all the good work that's come before it.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine Australasia

With a little more work this could have been a first-rate thriller along the lines of the Bourne films, because the concept is intriguing and our interest is held for a significant part of the film.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

There's roughly 20 minutes of story here, and no matter how many times they stop and start over again from an even more preposterous angle, it's still going to play out like a lousy episode of 24.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly | Comments (2)
Philadelphia Weekly

If you're watching for perfectly matched action you're not into the mystery and you probably aren't going to be very sympathetic to the effort involved.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Writer Barry Levy has added some snap, crackle and pop to what would otherwise be a routine action film had it been presented in chronological order.

March 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Vantage Point

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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.
March 31, 2012
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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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?
March 3, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Vanatage Point is a well shot, implausible and mostly diverting puzzle. Like Kurosawa's 'Rashomon' it tells its story through (I think) seven different character perspectives, in the same 10 or so minute time frame, repeated in succession. Unlike Rashomon, the story is the same each time, with some additional details. Plus, the characters in Vantage Point are one dimensional cardboard. What makes Rashomon much more interesting is that in Kurosawa's film we don't know which characters' viewpoint is true and what is not. They are self serving. In this, it's all true and consistent, and all silly.

The only meaty role here is played by Dennis Quaid, who plays a guilt ridden secret service man (he took a bullet for the President) who wants redemption for some reason, even though he's a hero. William Hurt as President and Sigourney Weaver as the TV news director have very little to challenge them and very little complexity. The terrorists are mostly interchangeable.

Director Pete Travis directs the mayhem, car chases and terrorist action beautifully. What falls down here is the silly puzzle script which is more frustrating since most people will sit through the whole thing, hoping for a interesting resolution and will be utterly let down at the end. You realize in the last ten mintues that you've been wasting your time. If you rent this and you turn your brain off, it can be a diverting ninety minutes. Bring lots of snack foods, they'll give you more sustenance than this forgettable thriller.
November 27, 2011
Josh Morris

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