Vantage Point


Vantage Point (2008)


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


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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.

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Critic Reviews for Vantage Point

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (33)

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.

Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 25, 2008 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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.

Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/4

When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting.

Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vantage Point

A very good enjoyable action/thriller with a good cast. There may be a few plot lines you think that wouldn't happen etc but overall seeing the different interactions between the main characters from each view point was good. It has some slight twists and a pretty damn good car chase too!

Dean King
Dean King

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The premise is interesting, even if not original at all, and there are great action scenes full of energy here to hold our attention, but the film relies on numerous coincidences and the actors are mostly wasted playing poorly developed characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

[img][/img] 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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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.

John Manard
John Manard

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