Overwrought Vantage Point Entertains Anyway
By Charles Yi, Courier Staff Writer
"Vantage Point", directed by Pete Travis, details the story of eight strangers with eight different points of view, each trying to piece together the truth behind an assassination attempt.
The movie takes place during a global anti-terrorism summit in Spain, when a double of President Ashton is shot. Terrorists bombard the podium and also attack the actual location of the President, who was moved due to information about a potential threat at the summit. Secret Service agent Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid), who took a bullet for the President six months prior, attempts to piece together the evidence and uncover the truth as he faces memories of the previous assassination attempt and betrayal from within the security detail.
Although "Vantage Point" brings together a respectable starring cast consisting of Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, and Forest Whitaker, the film failed in its attempt to cement itself as one of the year's top movies. Not only was the dialogue forgettable, but there was a tremendous timing problem with the pacing, narrative flow, and overall direction. Some movies can give an audience four versions of the same event and do so brilliantly, but there were simply too many complicated perspectives in "Vantage Point" for the repetitive plotlines to be effective.
Overall, "Vantage Point" was a decent movie, providing enough action, special effects, and mystery to draw audiences and maintain their attention.
Vantage Point Comes Through with Plenty of Action
By Sandhaya Mansfield, Courier Staff Writer
When I first saw trailers for the movie "Vantage Point" I couldn't wait to go see it when it finally came out in theaters. On opening day ,I marched into the theater expecting to see a action packed thriller, and what I got was exactly that.
The synopsis of "Vantage Point" is to show eight strangers different points of view on the assassination attempt of the President of the United States, hence the movie's name.
The movie starts out with the audience following a cable news network's coverage of a anti-terrorism speech the president of the United States is giving in Spain. Midway through the news coverage the speech is interrupted by a series of shots and explosions. Chaos breaks loose as well as smoke and bombs. When the smoke clears, we are taken back twenty-three minutes earlier to the vantage point of a secret service agent played by Dennis Quaid. We rewind and start from the beginning seven more times and see the assassination attempt each from a different point of view. The first hour of the movie is spent rewinding while the rest unravels an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller.
As the plot thickens the violence and intensity rises, making viewers experience everything the characters are experiencing. An intense high speed car chase is included making it the best car chase since "The Transporter."
The movie runs for about 90 minutes and includes a talented cast of actors. I highly recommend it!