Vantage Point (2008)
Critic Consensus: Vantage Point has an interesting premise that is completely undermined by fractured storytelling and wooden performances.
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as Thomas Bames
as Kent Taylor
as Howard Lewis
as Rex Brooks
as President Ashton
as Phil McCullough
as Angie Jones
as Ted Heinkin
as Ron Matthews
as Kevin Cross
as Mayor De Soto
as Grace Riggs
as Secret Service Agent
as Mark Reinhart
as American Woman
as Police Woman
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Critic Reviews for Vantage Point
Watchably silly at best, it's the political thriller as an unintentional comedy of errors - 24 meets Noises Off.
Vantage Point might sound intriguing on paper but it's all gimmick and not a lot of substance.
The stories are cleverly interwoven, with a couple of unexpected twists, and the patient viewer is rewarded with a doozy of a car chase in the last reel.
Although mounted with no little efficiency by director Pete Travis (who previously made the TV drama-doc 'Omagh'), the narrative enterprise actually hides a one-dimensional world view, with civilian casualties mere background set dressing.
Is it art? Not remotely. But, up to the final scenes, it's a tremendous piece of engineering. And the hurtling force of Vantage Point is fun to watch.
While the title, trailer and commercials imply that we'll be carefully piecing together clues to a complex assassination attempt as seen from several perspectives, the final product turns out to be a tepid thriller that promises more than it delivers.
Audience Reviews for Vantage Point
A very good enjoyable action/thriller with a good cast. There may be a few plot lines you think that wouldn't happen etc but overall seeing the different interactions between the main characters from each view point was good. It has some slight twists and a pretty damn good car chase too!
The premise is interesting, even if not original at all, and there are great action scenes full of energy here to hold our attention, but the film relies on numerous coincidences and the actors are mostly wasted playing poorly developed characters.
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An average storyline but an entertaining thriller. By no means impressive but the way the story was told was actually quite well done. It is cleverly told by different characters perspectives and is suspenseful like a good action thriller should be.
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