Vantage Point

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If you enjoy the anticipation of opening presents at Christmas, only to have them taken away over and over again, you may want to see the action thriller Vantage Point. While in Spain for an anti-terrorist summit, President Ashton (William Hurt) is shot at the same time that explosives are being detonated throughout the city. Secret Service agents Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Ken Taylor (Matthew Fox) immediately go into action. Let’s stop for just a moment and look at this situation from another vantage point (hence the movie title). Agent Barnes, who has recently taken a bullet for the President, now jumps into action – even though he isn’t on the front line. Now we rewind and see American tourist Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker) shooting a video to take back to his daughter in the United States. Following the explosions, he jumps up and chases the Secret Service agents who are chasing the terrorists. (By the way, he is running full speed while taking videos with the camera.) Now we rewind and see the terrorists planning to shoot the President, then we hear the gunshot, the explosions and the chase scenes. (At this point I was looking for a bomb under my seat to detonate since we had 5 more rewinds to sit through.) During one of these plot lines, news director Rex Brooks (Sigourney Weaver) provides another piece of the puzzle with all of the twists and turns. I really wanted to like this film but after about the third rewind, I along with the rest of the audience, was laughing. Even with a so-so script, a movie with an all-star cast can be salvaged but this is hampered with circumstances that are just preposterous. At one point, the President was taken out on a gurney by the terrorists directly in front of dozens of Secret Service men. (I’m thinking of applying for the Secret Serviced since they seem to be blind like me.) This film isn’t a total loss. It has some intense action scenes and the script is complex without being confusing. From my vantage point, I’m giving this movie a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.