You ever wish that you could rewind a movie at the theater because it just went too fast for you? Well, in Vantage Point, you get to rewind this movie more than once. In this Columbia Pictures action-packed thriller, eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the one truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States.
So the situation is this: President Ashton ( William Hurt) is attending a global war on terror summit in Spain. Thomas Barnes ( Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor ( Matthew Fox) are two of the Secret Service agents assigned to protect him.
This is the first action that Agent Barnes has been in since he took a bullet for President Ashton six-month earlier. Agent Barnes is sweating profusely and we’re not sure if he’s capable to the challenge of protecting the President. He quickly sniffs out trouble, but the other secret service guys thinks he’s just paranoid. Then the action packed film begins to take us on a mind-blowing ride. Dennis Quaid does a fantastic job, as usual, and looks great.
The sound track jolts us and prepares us for something really evil to happen. Then a shot is heard – then another - President Ashton is immediately shot down twice by a rifle. Chaos erupts and soon I felt like I was right in the movie and I wanted to break out with the crowd. Then a loud thunderous bomb explodes and shock permeates.
In the midst of it all, Howard Lewis ( Forest Whitaker) is an American video-taping the event to show his children he was actually there at this historic event. Whitaker is a master in all his acting roles and gives another Oscar performance. He believes he has the picture of the man who shot the President! Agent Barnes runs to Lewis and finds that Lewis may just have solved the pieces of this mysterious terrorist act.
Then the movie starts over, but through another point of view. When it replayed the third time, I took a deep puzzling sigh and thought – OH BOY, AGAIN?! Then I, and the audience, figured out that this was helping us put together pieces of the puzzle that, eventually, fall into place.
I’ve never seen anything like it. Amazing camera work! Amazing directing! Amazing movie! In the end, I came to appreciate the creators of this palpitating, non-stop, edge-of-your-seat exciting thriller. Great stuff!
Vantage Point was directed by Pete Travis. Starring Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt, Matthew Fox, Edgar Ramirez, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Eduardo Noriega, Bruce McGill. Rated PG-13.
Produced by Neal H. Moritz; Written by Barry L. Levy; Executive producers are Callum Greene, Tania Landau, and Lynwood Spinks; Director of Photography Amir Mokri; Production Designer Brigitte Broch; Editor Stuart Baird A.C.E. ; Costume Designer Luca Mosca; Music by Atli Orvarsson.