2/29/2008

Movie Review: Vantage Point

I remember the Indian story of the "Blind Men and an Elephant" when I watched Vantage Point because although there is one event or thing, there will be different perspectives on it.

In the film's case, it is a total of eight points of view the viewer sees the event of a presidential assassination in Spain: a television news team, the Secret Service, the perpetrators and innocent bystanders. That's a lot and director Pete Travis uses the "repeat/rewind" technique to show the perspectives as different episodes. The cast of Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver played their parts well.

As a thriller, Vantage Point has the advantage of creating tension lots of times in each of the "episodes," but at the same time loses momentum a bit between transitions. This cliffhanger effect could be annoying to some, but I didn't mind. The plot twists are good and interesting, but the movie ends unsatisfactorily. I say so because after the whole deal of events unfolding, the resolution wasn't too convincing. (I'll leave it at that since I want to make this review spoiler-free.)

I found Vantage Point very intriguing and riveting, although I am sure some people won't share my point of view.


Rating: 3.5/5


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