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  • Summary: In Columbia Pictures' action-packed thriller Vantage Point, eight strangers with eight different points of view try to unlock the truth behind an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. Thomas Barnes and Kent Taylor are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide in the hunt for the assassin. In the crowd is Howard Lewis, an American tourist who thinks he's captured the shooter on his camcorder while videotaping the event for his kids back home. Also there, relaying the historic event to millions of TV viewers across the globe, is American TV news producer Rex Brooks. As they and others reveal their stories, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place...and it will become apparent that shocking motivations lurk just beneath the surface. (Columbia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Flat-out one of the more exciting and original gut-busters that Hollywood has produced in many a month. It's virtually all action, but the action is never mindless and it is full of marvelous surprises every step of the way.
  2. 70
    Is it art? Not remotely. But, up to the final scenes, it’s a tremendous piece of engineering. After all, the narratives have to synch up visually, which can’t be easy to manage. And the hurtling force of Vantage Point is fun to watch.
  3. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    When Vantage Point is staying with Quaid and Fox as they hunt the suspected assassins (including the arrestingly beautiful Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer) it's a perfectly serviceable thriller with high production values and some better-than-average car chases.
  4. An overly gimmicky and fatally repetitive terrorist thriller that quickly wears out its welcome.
  5. 38
    By the end, Vantage Point is such a unholy mess of drooling sentiment and sloppy loose ends that you’ll hate yourself for being suckered in.
  6. 30
    What you won’t be able to ignore is the ridiculous way Vantage Point’s brings everything to an end.
  7. Why, beating the audience about the ears, eyes and brain with essentially the same sequence of events from eight characters' points of view, none of which adds much more than deafening hysteria and identically dreadful music. The filmmakers seem to have missed the point that each re-enactment in "Rashomon" provides new and conflicting information. It makes you wonder if they studied the wrong movie. Maybe they rented "Rush Hour," or a video on Rosh Hashanah.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 91
  2. Negative: 31 out of 91
  1. KalebF.
    Jul 2, 2008
    Very realistic situation of a thriller. Reminds me of Real-life 9/11. Very intelegent way of perception this film has.
  2. RJS.
    Feb 20, 2008
    The movie takes you to a thrilling ride only to take you back again without finishing, leaving you hanging. And when that cycle ends, you are blown away. Spectacular action sequences, brilliant editing, relevant plot, though too unrealistic. But it succeeds more than any commercial post 911 film has done, because it immerses you on what the war on terror really is for normal people like us. Expand
  3. MauricioL.
    Jul 2, 2008
    interesting movie, they look at it i lots of points of view and u really kick yourself for not noticing it , keep your eyes open and u will probably like it Expand
  4. PaulM
    Feb 23, 2008
  5. caseydibbs
    Feb 25, 2008
    slightly entertaining, however mostly from the reaction by the audience! if you are ready to watch the same scene for an hour, with slightly different perspectives. the twist is actually pretty good, however there are so many holes with actors and scenes, that it makes for a dull ending. the line at the end with quaid is comical, i couldnt countain my laughter! At the end you realize that the car chase was not up to par, that you didnt know where the other supposed main actors and actresses went like sigourney weaver, and the secret service during the chase. it could have been a hit, but sadly there is no top performer to save the movie, the trailer is about the only thing here worth watching, as it usually always is! Expand
  6. DWc
    May 24, 2009
    2 for the engineering of the chase scenes and the syncing of the points of view. Otherwise it would be a zero for the ridiculous plot, freshman-drama-class dialog, cardboard characters, and terrible acting. Worst waste of time I've seen in at least a year. Expand
  7. AndyC.
    Feb 20, 2008
    I am not judging certain aspects, but the motion capture was terrible. In the very first scene I just knew what the rest was going to be like. Vantage Point lacks on just about everything, and provokes the could-have-been good entertainment. Even sitting their for 1 hour and a half was stressful. My cheeks could not have been more aching, and frustrated. I can stand a long 3 hour movie, but not being able to stand 1hour and a half is ridiculous. This movie is ridiculous, the action was hard to watch, and weak too. I am very disappointed. 0/10 is my average, some might say thats way too low!!! Well trust me, this movie is awful, horrible, and terrible. It was a complete rip-off, with predictable ends, and no mysterious plots, it is obvious what happens. And the twists were not even mind-bending. Sorry if your confused but this movie was weak and terrible. Expand

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