Reviewed by: Jonathan Rodriguez
|Featuring:||Ari Brickman, Rodrigo Cachero, Shelby Fenner, Matthew Fox, Dolores Heredia, William Hurt, Richard T. Jones, Penelope Kaufer, Holt McCallany, Bruce McGill, Brian McGovern, Leonardo Nam, Eduardo Noriega, Lisa Owen, Dennis Quaid, Edgar Ramírez, José Carlos Rodríguez, Zoe Saldana, Vidal Sancho, Justin Sundquist, Saïd Taghmaoui, Rocío Verdejo, Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, Ayelet Zurer|
“Cold Feet,” “Omagh,” “Henry VIII”
|Producer:||Ricardo Del Río, Andrea Giannetti, Callum Greene, Tania Landau, Tania Landau, Adam Milano, Neal H. Moritz|
“8 Strangers. 8 Points of View. 1 Truth.”
We have all heard the saying which goes something like, if you put four people on separate corners of an intersection, and asked them to describe the car accident in the middle of the intersection, you'd get four completely different perspectives. Well, the writers and director of Vantage Point beat that two, giving us six viewpoints of the same event, the assassination of the President at the Global Anti-Terror Summit in Spain.
We get the vantage point of the news crew covering the event, the bodyguard assigned to the President, the tourist with the video camera, the Italian cop in the crowd, a shifty man in a cafe, and the perspective of the President himself. This storytelling worked for me, to a point, although I think they could have done without one of the viewpoints, and could have likely done away with the particular character as well. The crowd in the theater seemed to grow weary after about three (mind you this happened to be a much older crowd). As the sixth vantage point reaches the moment where all the others ends, it takes us to the end of the film with many plot twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end… unless you happen to figure things out, which is unfortunately fairly simple.
The film contains a stellar cast, including Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, and the great William Hurt, as the President. However, the actors mentioned all seem to have mailed in their performances. None of them act with much conviction, and seem to simply be playing it safe here in a standard action flick. The plot is an interesting one, and the plot device of the 6 perspectives keeps you interested, but when you stop and actually consider what you are watching, it seems fairly routine. However, one performer single-handedly saves the film, and that is Dennis Quaid, who is great as the President's bodyguard who never slows down, despite experiencing quite a bit of pain along the way. Quaid is entirely believable, and keeps us curious in the film long after the other performers have lost us.
The content in Vantage Point seemed fairly violent for a PG-13 film. We get people shot left and right, some at point blank range, and lots of explosions, car accidents, stabbings, beatings, etc. There is some offensive language in the film, including one F-word, and various mentions of the Lord's name in vain. This film is really only appropriate for older teens and adults, and parents should be careful in taking younger teens and children to the film. There is no spiritual content at all, other than the aforementioned profanities.
As much as I disliked most of the performances, and figured the movie out halfway through, I found myself intrigued because of Dennis Quaid's sincerity as the nervous bodyguard, and because of an impressive car chase that takes up pretty much the last quarter of the movie. This isn't a great film, probably isn't even a good film, but I couldn't help but like it, just a little bit.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: None
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