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
Many complain about formula movies. This one was certainly outside the box and was done very, very well. I think it was necessary to set up each flashback like a rewind on a VCR or else the viewer may have gotten completely lost. Those rewinds only took a few seconds on screen time. This film exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be the exact same scenes over and over from different vantage points. However the picture extended the scenes with each of the six vantage points and the result was a great thriller. This film was a perfect length of 90 minutes and the picture and sound in the Blu-ray version were top of the line. I highly recommend this action packed movie. 11-19-2008
Forest Whitaker turns in one of the most over-acted performances I've ever seen (even for him) and it wouldn't even be consdiered good high school drama. Dennis Quaid is plausible as a returning, damaged goods, secret service agent, but the character is never fully developed to allow to viewer any attachment. Michael Hurt barely pulls off a passionate chief executive. The story line has promise, but this screen play is so poorly written that the viewer has a difficult time getting emotionally invested. There was plenty of opportunity to develop any of the characters into something interesting to watch, but it never got there.
Appearances are not what they seem in this clever and suspenseful treatise on what happens and what truly happens. While the conclusion may be a bit contrived the film overall rewards the viewer's patience and engages our attention throughout. A winner.
The action was fine. Problem was that the raison d'etre of the rebel group was never explained. Is the audience to assume that persons are opposed to the U.S. and not care why? It is the why of the opposition that helps us to understand what's going on.
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.