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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.…
Decently acted, paced and shot thriller with a unique enough premise, Vantage Point is a mildly entertaining but largely forgettable affair. The rewinding nature of the plot manages to grow repetitive and tiresome eventually instead of clever, and Forest Whitaker's performance comes off as too obvious and even corny as well as an expectedly dull William Hurt. Vantage Point could've been so much more with a better script and perhaps a lengthier running time, but as it stands, it's disposable entertainment.
Not a Fan
THE WORST MOVIE EVER.
You can’t evade the Quaid! Directed Pete Travis, this 90-minute action crime thriller follows the attempted assassination of the American President in Spain as told and re-told through several different perspectives. I really like the concept. It’s somewhat similar to Source Code and Groundhog Day (with a hint of Memento). We see the same 23 minutes around eight times through the different perspectives of people there, ranging from a returning secret service agent (Dennis Quaid), an American tourist (Forest Whitaker), the President (William Hurt), and more. As you’re exposed to a new perspective, the audience tries to put the pieces together to figure out the full story. While the rewinding of time is engaging, the film doesn’t have a lot…
What a snooze. I saw it in theaters and I remember it being ok. Thought I would give it another shot. The acting and writing are wooden and the central conceit are at best boring. Woof, is this a stinker from Bush era Hollywood.
Vantage Point tira de Rashomon Effect para contar una misma historia desde el punto de vista de diferentes personajes. Y pese a volverse algo repetitiva en algunos segmentos, esta originalidad formal es lo más destacable de un thriller sobre terrorismo con una trama más bien del montón (no le faltan los típicos giros de guión) y con algunos fallos de raccord y de lógica (especialmente con los idiomas) que desconcentran un poquito. Entretenida y poco más.
It was pretty lame.
Neither ridiculous enough to work as a B-movie nor good enough to work as a serious thriller, it instead straddles the line between the two, never really deciding what it wants to be nor taking the time to figure it out. The multiple viewpoints work well for the first half of the movie, at least until it's done away with in favour of a wham-bam action climax that doesn't even play by its own rules. Why advertise the film as showing eight points-of-view if you're only gonna show five and then combine the last three into one mega-vantage point?
There's also too much useless extraneous info, such as the decision to bomb terrorist camps and Forest…
The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives. - IMDb
The problem with Vantage Point is that there isn't enough vantage points. There's just a little too many scenes repeating themselves. If they shot more material from different vantage points, then it would be a lot more interesting.
The idea of it all is great, but as a whole wasn't executed as it should have been. Throw in a couple of unbelievable plot points and it's completely missed the mark.
In it's favour, it wasn't boring at all and keeps your attention the whole time. It's the kind of movie that you feel like you miss a minute, you might miss a lot. Then that minute gets repeated again.
Not the worst idea I've ever seen done in a movie. It's borderline entertaining.
What starts off very well with an intriguing set up and middle act, Vantage Point does seem to fall short with a not so satisfying ending. Apart from the end however, i did find enjoyment throughout the rest of the movie especially during the intense scenes and the learning of each characters involvement in the assassination attempt.
To keep it short, Vantage Point was a decent watch with some good moments even if it perhaps didn't reach it's full potential.
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