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Vantage Point

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Mexico, Spain, United States · 2008
1h 30m
Director Pete Travis
Starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver
Genre Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime

The attempted assassination of the American president is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

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Washington Post by

Although it was held back by the studio for about a year, someone apparently came to the inevitable conclusion that no amount of ripening time was going to help this gimmicky and ultimately harebrained movie.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

It's a fast-paced motion picture that fails the "reality test" but maintains a certain intensity for its entire running length. It's entertaining in the same way that an episode of "24" is entertaining.


Charlotte Observer by Lawrence Toppman

Three-fourths of a terrific thriller, which in this dreary run of winter movies seemed like clear spring water to this parched traveler. The setup is so riveting, the suspense so carefully prolonged, that I didn't mind when it unraveled into lunacy near the end.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

If you can work your way past Vantage Point's goofy casting that places a bland, blank-eyed Hurt in the White House, then I suppose you can manage to forgive this "Rashomon" rip-off's other glaring idiosyncrasies, of which there are many.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Vantage Point starts to slide off the rails when it tracks a tourist (Forest Whitaker) and his trusty camcorder; instead of Zapruder-like intrigue, the episode has him running around like an agent in a rote thriller.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The loaded cast does what it can with the paper-thin characterizations, but Vantage Point gets hijacked early by its high-concept premise, and it quickly devolves into a by-the-numbers thriller with the numbers out of order.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer by William Arnold

Flat-out one of the more exciting and original gut-busters that Hollywood has produced in many a month. It's virtually all action, but the action is never mindless and it is full of marvelous surprises every step of the way.

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