Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, and Matthew Fox star in director Pete Travis' Rashomon-style thriller in which an assassination attempt on the president of the United States is detailed from five unique perspectives. As the president arrives in Salamanca, gunshots ring out. An American tourist (Whitaker) has captured footage of the would-be assassin on videotape, and now, as the stories of the other four witnesses unfold, each essential piece of the puzzle quickly falls into place. Only when all of the stories are told will the chilling truth to this shocking crime finally emerge. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The showing of the same event from different vantage points was original and interesting, but it meant non-stop and repetitive violence throughout the entire movie. We can understand the need for seens of violence in a movie and can support heavy violence for 5 or 10 minutes to make the point, but non-stop repetitive violence was intolerable. It seems other reviewers liked it. What is this world coming to? What is it teaching our youth?
This is a very slick movie that covers a small window in time but shows each point of view. Makes you wonder about other Historical events, you only know what you see and hear.....sooooo much goes on in this world that most have no idea about.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It had me on the edge of my seat, which doesn't happen often. Forrest Whitaker was a weird choice to play his character, but I enjoyed the movie and can't wait to tell people to see it!
The movie is a hollow, gimmick of repetition wrapping a pointless bow of convenience around the ending set piece. An insult to the intelligence of anyone thinking there might be a story or a twist. I don't even recommend it as "mindless" entertainment because all of the pointless filler crammed into 90 minutes is annoying.
A POV story is probably one of the most difficult stories to do. Usually you just get re-hashed info, and the movie doesn't move until the end. Vantage Point tells the story, keeps providing more info, and you are still not completely plugged in until the end of the movie. Every storyline flows seamlessly into the next, and every one is well told. The acting is good, the film-making (technical) is superb, and the story is par excellence. Bravo.
What a stinker! The plot was so unbelievable that I found myself laughing out loud. Even the over-the-top car chase scenes were stupid. (How in the world Dennis Quaid survived them is beyond me.) The acting was tepid and stilted, especially Sigourney Weaver. She really phoned it in on this one. The underlying point of the film was spoken by the President's reaction to the initial event. Interesting, but not original. If you like car chases, Secret Service dudes and little girls being rescued by the hapless do-gooder, this is the film for you. Otherwise, rent it and watch with no expectations.
One good movie, not the best I've ever seen but pretty good, it is just one BIG surprise the whole way!!! But the ending was a HUGE surprise. I think you should go rent it then if you do like it buy it then. I liked it i won't watch it right away but i will again sometime. Dennis Quaid was perfect for this part.