"but I don't care what they say
i'm in love with you
they try to pull me away
8 Strangers, 8 points of view. 1 Truth.
The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.
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I actually thought the concept of this movie was extremely interesting. It is basically like a modern day "Rashomon" but only not as good.
Now look I'm not saying this film is groundbreaking cinema but I was rather enjoying it after watching the first three retellings of the assassination but after that the film became incredibly predictable and boring to watch. But during those first three retellings I tell ya I was on the edge of my seat fully engaged in the story and wanting to see more.
For those of you who like mystery films this will sadly fall flat but for those of you who like interesting gimmicks this film will fit right up your alley.
Rating: Rent It
A very rambling and ropey plot is saved by a fresh narrative angle. Dragged out a bit too far until it gets to the point where it's all rewound over and over again and you think "oh come on," but cleverly written and well performed. This wasn't half bad, but it does get a tad silly.
Generic, bland and predictable.
From all angles and perspectives.
The gimmick is the best thing about this movie, and they definitely use it to their advantage, unraveling the mystery a little at a time. The rest of the movie is OK, but not great. Most of the characters aren't given much personality or back story, which is unfortunate, because my favorite thing about multiple-viewpoint stories is getting quick glimpses into several people's lives. The final car chase scene is pretty fun, though, and it all wraps up pretty well. I wasn't blown away by it, but the gimmick kept me interested, and I moderately enjoyed it overall.
How it entered my Flickchart:
Vantage Point < The Scarlet and the Black
Vantage Point > How to Marry a Millionaire
Vantage Point > The…
Vantage Point is mmm ok: Vantage Point is a movie that takes place in Madrid. The president of the United States ( played by William Hurt) is going to give a speech in a summit but it is interrupted by an attempt on his life followed by several explosions. The film gives us five different points of views and once we see one point of view we rewind back to the beginning and see it from another point of view. We have 5 different point of views. It begins with the news producer (Sigourney Weaver), then we see it through the bodyguard (Dennis Quaid), an American tourist with a handheld camera (Forrest Whitaker), the president, and one of the terrorists.…
This movie was unbeknown to me until recently I stumbled on to it on this website, and after reading the very brief sypnopsis, I watchlisted it and now I'm happy to have done so, for this was quite a pleasant surprise, unlike for most of the people here.
The summary says it all actually, an assassination of the American president in Spain is told and especially retold from all different perspectives and viewpoints of all the people involved, from a TV crew to the terrorists to the security guards. Every aspect sheds a new light on the proceedings, delivering a brisk pace absent when this should have been told linearly.
Although the final is too "our old hero saves the day", it was a frenetic retelling of the same story starting at 12.00, creating an almost edge of your seat experience.
All I'm saying is that if the entire premise of your film, your whole gimmick, is to tell a multi-POV story with an overlapping narrative you better be damn sure that you got your continuity down. Because if you don't, the whole movie collapses under the weight of that gimmick. And maybe you shouldn't give up on it with 30 minutes to go. The movie's solid for the first hour but then it just falls apart as it rushes to an oddly pat and underwhelming conclusion. Nice idea but ultimately a failure.
Terrorists in Spain trying to kill the US president. But the world is saved by.... Dennis Quaid!! Come on, who believes that?
A film that makes you believe it is exciting and clever only to realize halfway through it has nothing but filler, useless plotpoints and dissapointing developments.
Best way to watch this, choose a vantage point not directed at the screen and fill your hour and a half a more usefull way.
A fun watch! A little redundant, and the acting skews goofy, but some good action.
A very interesting Rashomon-type premisse that just falls flat. The plot gets too contrived and it stops being thrilling to become a somewhat by the numbers melodramatic action thing that's not very remarkable.
An assassination attempt on the president of the united states.
Seen from 8 different points of view, slowly developing the "true" story while always showing the same moments.
Does that sound like a really interesting setup to you?
It certainly does so for me.
And then there are the great names: Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt. Usually not actors that would waste themselves on a bad movie, right?
When the "final" story turns out to be about as smart and complicated as the average Michael Bay movie, including hectic and unrealistic action in the second half of the move all those great "beginnings" turn to dust.
And thus a great setting became an average "don't waste your mind on this" flick.
Still not bad. Just... average.
Get a beer and accept the fact that nothing in the story needs reason or fit its setting.
Rashomon effect is the best part.
Vantage Point has an averagea rating of 2.7 at the time of writing. This is misleading. It shocks me that anyone has sat through this garbled piece of pretentious shit and not been sufficiently offended to see that half a star is the only option. It's bar none the worst, most boring, and most condescending crap I have ever experienced. If you ever see a copy of it, please destroy it. We must save our fellow men and women from this vile piece of filth.
"but I don't care what they say
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