The plot to assassinate an American president
in Spain makes for a good story line for Vantage Point.
Then comes the big gimmick -- they keep
stopping the film in its tracks over and aver, back to the beginning
for another point of view.
This worked in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir
Dogs, but not this time.
It does offer some heart-pounding moments
filled with gun-play and car chases, but the jumble of unanswered
questions and loose answers makes for an unsettled thriller.
I would rather have a head slapping V-8.
The setup for this puzzler may be unique,
but its presentation is not.
It's a mediocre action film disguised as
a political thriller.
So as the clues pile up, so do the coincidences.
Don't expect any great acting, as the plot
changes every 15 minutes along with the point of view.
It's a disappointment for action and
The film has a powerful introduction that,
for a while at least, is firmly executed.
It's an aver done assassination movie --
seen through six perspectives -- that includes things in the
distance as well as things near, with all having different views
or vantage points.
What I didn't like about this picture was
the stopping and restarting of the same tense events.
I could tolerate two or three rewinds,
but six flashbacks is more than irritating, in my opinion.