Vantage Point Reviews

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March 7, 2008
Vantage Point might sound intriguing on paper but it's all gimmick and not a lot of substance.
March 7, 2008
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.
March 7, 2008
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.
February 25, 2008
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.
February 22, 2008
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.
February 22, 2008
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.
February 22, 2008
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
When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting.
February 22, 2008
An overplotted, gimmicky presidential-assassination thriller, its interlocking pieces have to fit just so for it to stay coherent and ratchet up the tension.
February 22, 2008
Travis dutifully pastes the story-shards together, but he and the actors are hamstrung by a script that's so busy piling on the twists that it never pauses to consider what they mean.
February 22, 2008
Director Pete Travis keeps things grim and gritty and moving.
February 22, 2008
A gimmick in search of its own point.
February 22, 2008
Chugging forward and chundering back, the movie keeps promising to whip up something hellishly complicated, but what keeps the movie going for an hour and a half is not a complicated plot but a stingy way of dribbling out information.
February 22, 2008
Initially intriguing and energetic, this film ends up demonstrating that a good script needs to be more than a clever concept and fine direction must be more than moving things fast.
February 22, 2008
A nice, straightforward, good old-fashioned geopolitical conspiracy thriller with no pretentions.
February 22, 2008
The problem with Vantage Point is that the rapid-rewind technique keeps interfering with the thriller's momentum.
February 22, 2008
You can watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon from 10 different angles, and it's still a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Vantage Point is a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
February 22, 2008
Vantage Point makes nice use of the heft of Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver in a story in which an assassination followed by an explosion gets revisited from eight points of view.
February 22, 2008
If you're up for good nihilist entertainment, look no further.
February 22, 2008
Reduces global terrorism to a Rubik's Cube suitable for an evening's entertainment. If that doesn't make you vaguely ill, by all means take this thriller for the shallow, gimmicky "ride" it aspires to be.
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