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
My husband thought we had a faulty DVD, but I told him it was from different "vantage points". It turned out to be so incredible. We loved the movie!! Recommend it highly to all, especially because it is timeless with the terrorist threats and Secret Service people and Presidential safety.
Maybe it's a good movie, but I gave up after 35 minutes. The first 35 minutes kept repeating the same initial hook scene over and over and over and over with minor variations. And there was no set-up of any of the characters, so I did care about any of the characters as should happen in a good screenplay.
For all the actors this movie has, I wonder if they all read the script. It had potential but it failed in the end. First the backstories, oh yeah there arent any. Even after the end of the movie I still found myself questioning everything about the terrorists; Who they were and how they came together. The timing on the vantage points from scene to scene was also off. It just bugged me after awhile.
If you queue this move just remember there is no plot. Its just 20 minutes of a scene over and over again. (and a ridiculous car scene at the end)
Christine F. and Lisa A. thanks for your Spoilers. Vantage Point should be rated R. There is no sex, the language is not ghastly, and there is not a lot of blood but there is plenty of point blank violence. My sensitive teen boys 15 & 17, my wife (47) and I (For Mark O. - White, Irish american, Anti-catholic christine, One yr college, Terrible childhood, Happy marriage, Obamacrat, 49) liked the movie a lot. It was intriguing to see the same thing from all those different points of view. Even though you are seeing scenes over and over there are lots of surprises. And they did a great job at developing all those characters quickly. Vantage Point, Groundhog Day, Memento, Pulp Fiction, maybe America is finally joining the rest of the world by relaxing its worn out formula of chronological story telling. BTW, Roy L. and Kimberly T., it is not polite to SCREAM IN ALL CAPS!
2008.07.01 - When you get tired of the rewinds, skip ahead to chapter 18. I didn't care anything about any of the characters. We weren't given a chance to know anyone... every character in this movie could be described in one sentence. As an added insult, they made Quaid's character (Thomas Barnes) out to be Timex watch... he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
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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.