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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Vantage Point
The premise is interesting even if not at all original 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 in badly developed characters.
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/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.
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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