Vantage Point (2008)

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$72,266,306.00
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Cast

Bruce McGill
as Phil McCullough
William Hurt
as President Ashton
Dennis Quaid
as Thomas Bames
Zoe Saldana
as Angie Jones
Sigourney Weaver
as Rex Brooks
Forest Whitaker
as Howard Lewis
Leonardo Nam
as Kevin Cross
Shelby Fenner
as Grace Riggs
Matthew Fox
as Kent Taylor
Holt McCallany
as Ron Matthews
Rocío Verdejo
as Paulina
Ayelet Zurer
as Veronica
José Carlos Rodríguez
as Mayor De Soto
James LeGros
as Ted Heinkin
Edgar Ramirez
as Javier
Lisa Owen
as American Woman
Ari Brickman
as Secret Service Agent
Brian McGovern
as Mark Reinhart
Marisa Rubio
as Police Woman
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Critic Reviews for Vantage Point

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 25, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

[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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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