Well I watched Vantage Point at PS yesterday at 4.55pm and I must say I am glued to the screen for the whole 86 minutes that it was screening. The newspapers apparently gave it a low rating, but I guess they just have a different system from me because I am obviously happy with it.
The general story is that the President of the United States has been shot, and there are many witnesses with many points of view, including one with the mastermind of the terrorist plot. The movie will show you each witness’s viewpoint, and up till a certain moment in time, they will backtrack like reversing a VCR. Then another point of view will begin at the same time as everyone elses’ begin, at 12pm. This goes on for quite a number of time, so you may either be sick of the way the story goes, or you can find it refreshing. I found it refreshing and a nice way to show everything.
In the last point of view, everything will be shown from each of the witnesses last point of view, and you will see what they saw before the movie stopped showing from their point of view. You can see that some people are just being made use of and they die in the end. Some people are really bad.
Well, one of the secret service dudes is part of the terrorist organization. The shot that hit the “president” came from a window and is operated by a machine getting commands from a PDA phone. Same goes with the bombs. I say “President” because it’s fake one. A double. Anyway the real president still gets kidnapped.
The day is saved when a lost child stands in the middle of the road. The rogue ambulance carrying the terrorist and the President had to break and do a drift (ok maybe not intentionally) and the ambulance got overturned. The hero, Thomas managed to check the situation out and save the president again. I say “again” because he saved the president once. Maybe they should give him a hero’s retirement with a great pension.
Anyway I think it’s a pretty great movie to catch. I rate it 4/5 stars. I think that’s high because I don’t rate 5/5. There is no such thing as a perfect movie.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker
Director: Pete Travis
Release Date:20 March 2008
Running Time:86 minutes