Vantage Point

2008

Vantage Point

Critics Consensus

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

34%

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Total Count: 156

57%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 373,477
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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

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  • Vantage Point might sound intriguing on paper but it's all gimmick and not a lot of substance.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The stories are cleverly interwoven, with a couple of unexpected twists, and the patient viewer is rewarded with a doozy of a car chase in the last reel.

    Mar 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 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…

    David Denby

    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…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Vantage Point

  • Jul 31, 2017
    I have no fucking clue why, but I've wanted to see this movie for the longest time. Perhaps not the longest time, but this supermarket I used to go to had this DVD for, like, $5 for a time and I actually wanted to get it. I mean, it's $5, there's no real risk. The worst thing that could happen is that I think this is a dreadful movie but, since I spent $5 on it, it's not like it's any real loss. Thankfully, though, I didn't ever take the plunge and buy the DVD. Netflix backed me up. Moving on, though, part of me often wonders what I would do if I were a secret service agent in charge of protecting the president of the United States. I would probably resign if I had to protect the current president. I dislike that man so much that I would not be able to do my job properly and, if someone came up to shoot him, I'd just step aside and let it happen. That may sound callous, but the damage this man doing and the effect his party's healthcare plan (if it passes) is gonna have on people, to me, makes this a fair trade. So fucking sue me. But I digress, the concept of this film is certainly interesting. I'm not gonna say it's super unique, since it's not, but I do like the approach of telling the story of this terrorist attack and everything that led up to it from the perspective of six different people. Some are, as I mentioned, told from the perspective of a secret service agent, who's dealing with some PTSD from an incident a year prior to the summit in Spain. The president is one of t I'm not gonna go over everyone who's viewpoint you get to see, because I'll be here forever, but everyone who's relevant in one way or another to the shooting, bombing and abduction of the president is showcased. Having said that, I think the story being structured this way brings a few issues. This is a problem in that I think the movie jumping from vantage point to vantage point as the most inopportune times, like whenever there's a big revelation and they just cut away before showing you what it is. I think that hurts the pacing, because then they go back to 23 minutes prior to the attack each time and you're like 'ok, here we go again'. And I get why they did it this way, I totally get it. That way all of these characters and their stories converge at the same time and you finally get the conclusion you've been waiting for. But, and I must say this again, part of me can't get over the fact how that sort of killed the pacing to me. Killed it is too strong of a word, it hurt the pacing more than killed it. While I wouldn't say the movie was good, since its plot is a little too convoluted for my tastes with the whole misdirection involving the explosion at the summit, I found the whole thing exciting to watch. If there's one thing you can say about this movie it is never boring. While I already mentioned the issues I had with the structure, in a way, I feel it also benefits the film. I know I said it hurt the pacing, but what I mean by that is being invested in finding out what's going on only for them to pull the rug from under you. In terms of how the film flows, going from viewpoint to viewpoint keeps the film exciting and fast paced. The narrative isn't outstanding, but it certainly gets the job done in keeping you invested and interested in what is going on. There's a good amount of action as well and it's fairly decent and well put together. They're not winning any awards for best action film, but it's serviceable enough. I don't know what else to say, really. I guess I hated the fact that the villains were the stereotypical evil foreigner (plus one American) that felt outdated even in 2008, when this film came out. So you can imagine how behind the times this felt in 2017. This movie plays into every negative stereotype some Americans have of foreign countries. It's not as bad as, say, No Escape, but it's still pretty bad. I think that definitely held the film back as well, I mean they don't really explore any of the characters. I mean, then again, if they did then this movie would have been over two hours long. This movie is better served being 88 minutes long, since it never overstays its welcome. Do they leave you wanting more? I don't know, not really, since everything is resolved very neatly. You don't want more because everything comes to a satisfying enough conclusion. I don't really have much else to say about this movie. The flaws are apparent, but the film moves at such a pace that you never really notice them and the movie, in spite of these flaws, is exciting and never boring to watch. As far as a B-level thriller, I think this works perfectly fine. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's a decent enough watch and it never stays too long at the party.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2016
    The premise was unique and interesting but it didn't work out in the end.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2012
    This was one of those movies where each time the story restarted and was shown from a different "vantage point" you were thinking, oh this is going to get good or oh this is going somewhere, but at the end I was disappointed. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but it just didn't do it for me.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2012
    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?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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