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Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt
Director: Pete Travis
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2008




- Director's Commentary
- Vantage Point: An Inside Perspective
- Plotting an Assassination
- Coordinating Chaos
- Surveillance Tapes
- Trailers



Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Spanish/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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During an historic counter-terrorism summit in Spain the President of the United States is struck down by an assassin's bullet. Eight strangers have a perfect view of the kill but what did they really see? As the minutes leading up to the fatal shot are replayed through the eyes of each eyewitness the reality of the assassination takes shape. But just when you think you know the answer the shattering final truth is revealed.


To tell the truth, I’m far more impressed with the technicalities of "Vantage Point" than anything else. The repeatedly showing of the President being shot and a bomb going off is sad to say, tedious rather than gimmicky. Now imagine watching it at least four times in this 88 minutes movie.

That is not to conclude that "Vantage Point" is without its merits. There’s a saying that we shouldn’t look at things from a single perspective. Perhaps this is the main message "Vantage Point" is trying to put across.

As Dennis Quaid himself says, "Everybody has his 15 minutes of fame". From the multiple points of view, we slowly learnt that Quaid’s character is suffering from the after-effects of taking a bullet for the President in the year before. The local Spanish cop (Eduardo Noriega)has his fair share of relationship problem followed by the videocam tourist played by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker who is taking a break from his estranged wife and lastly the terrorist’ target, the President of the United States (William Hurt).

While it might sound that the screenwriter is trying to up the tension and adding in more depth to the characters, it fails miserly as to why the terrorist act was not so much as accountable for in the end. The loopholes are especially obvious if you are "forced" to go over the crime scenes all over again. You got to ask yourself in what ways do the various character developments contribute to the terrorist act? In addition, the surprise twist in the end didn’t really add much spice to the otherwise bland broth either.

Pardon my ranting but I’m not particularly impressed with the "Bourne" inspired shaky car-chase sequence in the end too. On the whole, "Vantage Point" was partly salvage by the impressive cast including Quaid, Hurt, Whitaker, Noriega, Matthew Fox and Sigourney Weaver who deserved the Best Cameo nomination if there’s one. As I mentioned earlier, technically director Pete Travis and his editor, Stuart Baird did manage to concoct a slick and fast-cutting action political drama. To the filmmakers: Just remember be kind and refrain from rewinding too much next time.


Director's Commentary
– Pete Travis delivered a competent commentary track explaining in details how certain scenes were shot and how the plot evolved. We even get to know details such as Mexico standing in for Spain and the car chase sequence which were inspired by “The French Connection” and “The Bourne Trilogies”.

Vantage Point: An Inside Perspective – A 26 minutes interview segment with the cast and crew including director Pete Travis and writer Barry Levy.

Plotting an Assassination – The Barry Levy’s story is discussed by the writer himself and the cast, mostly about they fell in love with the script. 10 minutes of that.

Coordinating Chaos – The stunts in the movie are dissected by the director, producer and stunt coordinator.

Surveillance Tapes – Surprise, surprise…a tongue in cheek appearance by the director.

Trailers – Hancock, 21, Prom Night, The House Bunny and many more.


"Vantage Point" is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen. The location shooting looks pretty good onscreen and no visible flaws are detected. For the price of one, you get to repeatedly hear the bomb going off and several gunshots towards the end to get the surround 5.1 going. Dialogue is not a problem at all.



Review by Linus Tee


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