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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.
I saw this movie in 2008 and I gave it a B-.
This is my 4th movie watched overall.
One of the best action-thriller movie I've ever seen. And a bit remind me of Rashomon
A gimmicky but passable 90 minutes. Can't believe this was directed by the same guy that did Dredd because the direction here is pretty standard and without personality.
Let's talk about Matthew Fox, this poor guy had a hit with his role in Lost, but when it comes to films he's casted in middle of the road thrillers like this or Alex Cross (He was the best part of that film) and even having a whole role reduced to one shot in World War Z. Poor guy doesn't get enough credit.
I can't imagine I'll ever revisit this again. I seem to remember it being a big deal when it first came out, but now it's just faded into its arguably deserved obscurity.
I remember seeing the previews for this movie and thinking, whoa Mathew Fox...cool. I like lost. Since then I have thought about this movie a few times and wanted to see it. Spoilers... There is no way something like this could ever happen at all. No one reacts like the people in this movie do. Also all the cut backs to see what everyone did during the terrorist thing was maddening. They make this big deal about all these camera angles and Forest films a bunch of stuff and they only use two vantage points even though there is reference to like 15 camera men. also the lady who is in charge of GNN news cameras seems like a pain…
Rashomon-esque, which makes me rate this higher than I might otherwise. But I love movies that test my media literacy!
"This war will never end."
I actually really liked this film when I originally saw it in theaters. On rewatch, it's not as engaging as I remembered, but it is still a mostly enjoyable watch. The story-telling mechanism is unique (and reminds me a little of the chronological layering in a favorite of mine, Deja Vu). I can see how some people might be turned off by the narrative style, but I actually enjoyed seeing the various perspectives and how each of the character's stories eventually intertwine. It's got a decently interesting plot to boot, so there isn't much to dislike plot-wise here, despite the fact that the whole movie centers around only fifteen minutes of in-movie time. The film suffers from some excessive handheld shaky cam towards the end (and this is something that I'm almost never bothered by), but it is still an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.
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.
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