Vantage Point
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Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, and Matthew Fox star in director Pete Travis' Rashomon-style thriller in which an assassination attempt on the president of the United States is detailed from five unique perspectives. As the president arrives in Salamanca, gunshots ring out. An American tourist (Whitaker) has captured footage of the would-be assassin on videotape, and now, as the stories of the other four witnesses unfold, each essential piece of the puzzle quickly falls into place. Only when all of the stories are told will the chilling truth to this shocking crime finally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Vantage Point is a thriller that has quite a lot on its mind. The very structure of the movie challenges the audience's patience, if not its wit."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"Is it too much to ask for procedural thrillers like Vantage Point to connect all their dots before the closing credits?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Although based around a familiar, Rashomon-style concept, Vantage Point ratchets up its intensity so effectively that the lack of originality hardly matters."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"It swears it's being clever yet refuses to trust the audience."
‑ David Cornelius,
"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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"All this visual caffeine is in service to a story that isn't worth telling, and that too frequently resorts to the cheap technique of putting an adorable little girl in peril, then cutting away."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Vantage Point is a patented representative of this year's early mediocrity. Vantage Point is trailer trash."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"If you are looking for mindless action, it's not bad. But since this is trying to be something more than that, I can't quite recommend it."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Asks us to believe the terrorists would, after slaughtering countless people, risk their entire plan--and their very lives--on...well, I won't say. But from my vantage point, it was ridiculous."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"When everything is finally revealed, the story Vantage Point tells is fairly pedestrian, and nothing special is gained from all the stopping and restarting."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"For movies like Vantage Point, life is too short."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"The whodunit-with-terrorist-undertones doesn't test, shock or surprise the audience in any unique way."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"[Vantage Point is] a puzzle cut by a drunken, three-fingered jigsaw operator who lost a few pieces and chewed on a few others."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
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