Vantage Point

April 1st, 2008 by exolstice

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This movie shows us the same event (i.e. the attempted assassination of a US president) from the point of view of several different characters. Now, you might be tempted to say, “I’ve seen this done before,” and you’d be right, especially with this film.

The filmmakers take this concept quite literally, since roughly the first 3/4 of the film are the same events shown over and over again, from a different point of view. Except that’s not quite the case. You might think that the events transpire slightly differently, depending on the viewpoint, but you’d be wrong. They happen the same way, every time, with a little bit more details which are dependent on the character the camera happens to be following. Each “vantage point” gets a little bit further into the story, before it stops, and we’re treated to one of those “clever” filmmaking techniques where they fast rewind the footage you just saw and start from the beginning with a different character.

What could have been interesting quickly becomes groan-inducing after the 4th or 5th “rewind.” Especially since the plot is completely unbelievable. Eventually, at about 3/4 of the way through, the film shifts into linear mode, and we get treated to quite a spectacular car chase sequence, which at least gives this movie a “worth a rental” mention.

Although, fairly entertaining in parts, the plot of this movie is too ridiculous to ignore. No matter which way you look at it.

**½

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