I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and Im probably giving it more than it deserves. But its not your typical terrorist thriller, and who is really the bad guy?
Despite a cracker of a storyline and some thrilling moments, this is an in depth look into the minds of who we call terrorists, and one man's mission to infiltrate and stop them, but because of his muslim faith and his strong moral character, can he really betray these men who identify him as their brother??
Its interesting to explore what goes through Cheadle's mind as he works both sides of the fence, with Guy Pearce and Neil McDonough pursuing him relentlessly, beliving him to have turned traitor to the United States. Cheadle's character is a storm of emotion, as his mind works overtime to come to grips with his job while careful not to blow his cover. Religion, morality and the cause of good are all evident, and its not a question of whoes the bad guy or good guy, but what you believe and how treat your fellow man. Its good to see some great points on some serious issues in the world today, and this film does deliver some great messages, though a not so great ending, and in the end people despite their differences must come to grip with the terms that we will all be different than each other... but as Cheadle's character is described, "he has seen so much death in his life that he has learned the value of human life."
I think Don is a great actor, Ive never been disappointed with his performances... though ashamedly, I admit that I havnt seen his piece de resistance "Hotel Rawanda" but its a definite must see on my holiday movie list. Guy Pearce is also great, he's been on the down low of late, but this puts him back in the spotlight and he's a great talent.
Travel over 3 continents, 4 nations as this game of cat and mouse, or literally, war, comes to a head with a near devestating final attack with a great twist at the end.
Perhaps Im being overly generous, but terrorist flicks this year have been good to me, so Ill be good to them. And this is mainly due to the fact that I hold the actors in high regard, the rest of the movie wasn't really worth three stars, but hey, Im a nice guy. XD
Watch this if you liked Vantage Point.