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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, Bruce McGill, William Hurt
  • Directors: Pete Travis
  • Producers: Neal H. Moritz
  • Language: English, Italian, Hindi
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Turkish, English, Italian, Hindi
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019FLTGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Tense, political thriller that follows an assassination attempt on the president of the United States. While visiting Spain to attend a global summit on terrorism, the American president is shot, causing instant panic and confusion in the watching crowd. Amongst them, tourist Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker) has videotaped what he believes to be the gunman, and brings it to the attention of the secret service agents present. The story then unfolds from the perspective of five witnesses, each following events immediately prior to and after the assassination, each one supplying a piece of the puzzle, until the final shocking truth can be revealed.


Vantage Point, which aspires to be a cunningly twisted thriller, comes equipped with plenty of hurtling action, handheld camerawork, what-was-that? editing, and a plot that has multiple, contradictory agendas writhing like a nest of snakes. It's all set within a few blocks of a town square in Spain where a U.S. President is targeted for assassination. Although the movie lasts 90 minutes, the events it depicts are mostly over within fifteen minutes or so--but seen, rewound, and reseen from half a dozen different (you guessed it) vantage points. The first line in the credits reads "Original Film," apparently the name of the production company. "Gimmick Movie" might be more accurate. The opening reel, effectively jolting, affords an initial overview of the events through the eyes, lenses, monitors, and duelling sensibilities of a TV news producer (Sigourney Weaver), her activist-minded reporter (Zoe Saldana) and crew. Everybody’s in Salamanca for the start of an international conference to reaffirm Arab-Western commitment to the fight against terrorism. Terrorism, of course, sees this as an ideal moment to break out. As gunshots and explosions reduce everything to chaos, the clock is reset to zero and we proceed to revisit the scene as experienced by several Secret Service agents (namely Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox), an American tourist with camcorder (Forest Whitaker), sundry locals--including three who may be caught up in a love triangle or a conspiracy or both--and even the President himself (William Hurt).

For a while, this is mildly diverting: that guy, or that gesture, so sinister when glimpsed across the plaza in one run-through, now appears harmless in closeup--or vice versa. But there's no real ambiguity (so stop with the careless comparisons to Kurosawa's Rashomon)--this is a shell game in which the peas aren't worth tracking. Despite decent actors, the characters might as well be holograms (although poor Forest Whitaker is saddled with "motivation" of surpassing sappiness), and the casting telegraphs several twists: one redoubtable good guy practically gives a wink-wink, nudge-nudge that he's really bad, etc. The movie declines to specify which nutjob philosophy the terrorists espouse, and their numbers are multi-ethnic. There's also a laborious suggestion that they have bloodthirsty, reactionary counterparts among the President's inner circle, which perhaps qualifies as redeeming socio-political comment and prompts a meaningless declaration of deep meaning from the Prez. The whole megilleh finally comes down to an extended car chase through impassably claustrophobic streets that would mark a lurch into unintentional self-parody--if only that point hadn't been passed a couple of rewinds earlier. --Richard T. Jameson

--This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 12 Aug. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Vantage point is a modern day Hitchcock type film that revels in things not being as they first seem. From the initial viewing of events we assume the the President of America has been shot and that at least one bomb has been activated. Over the following 90 minutes we will discover the varying types of truth as the film follows numerous people through the event. As we uncover new avenues what we saw previously takes on new significance.

I felt that 'Vantage Point' was a solid, if not spectacular, action thriller. The style of re-showing the same events from different points of view does work and is not boring at all. The issue I had with the film was that it eventually abandoned the structure for a generic finale. I also felt that although overall the acting was good there were a few miscast people, especially the female news presenter. Finally, although the film is meant to be serious some of the situations were a bit ridiculous with characters (i.e. men) doing stuff for stupid reasons. Overall, a fun film, but not much more.

The BluRay transfer is a good one with some interesting extras including a GPS system that allows you to follow the characters whereabouts as the film progresses.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Fisher on 10 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Vantage point follows the assassination of a presidential double and is shown through the perspectives of eight people. The film is essentially a jigsaw which you get a clearer picture of at the end even if it seems like a few pieces are still missing.

I've seen so many films I've lost count but vantage point's gimmick, what makes it stand out, if you will is the way in which its told. Through the perspectives of the characters we see the film twist and turn in rapid succession creating a multi-layered story of betrayal and terrorism this style appeals to me as the film spirals in unpredictable directions just when you think you've got it pegged. This style however is where the film receives the majority of its criticism for being repetitive, which to an extent it is, while this style will engage some people it will bore others.

Due to the rapid perspective switches few characters are developed and while the cast perform well in their parts they never excel,save perhaps Forest Whitaker.

Vantage point boils down to disposable entertainment, which requires a certain amount of suspension of disbelief at points an ultimately culminates with blistering car chase, not perfect by any means but worth seeing once if just to draw your own conclusions

Overall 7/10
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 12 Jun. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
'Vantage Point' a solid film. It has a fast-paced, action-cum-political thriller that reaches out to those who enjoy gun fights and car chases but want substance when it comes to the plot and characters. The film centers on the story of the attempted assassination of the American president just as he's about to address a peace conference in Spain. We see the perspective of eight people caught up in the events, from the terrorists themselves to CIA agents to ordinary citizens, with each person holding a piece of the puzzle that comes neatly together to deliver the end result.

The cast all succeed in their roles, which wasn't easy considering they couldn't rely on interaction with other characters to hold them up and so much of the film relies on each actor delivering their part of the story in a solid manner. Dennis Quaid and Forest Whitaker were both excellent in their respective roles as two men who are heroes in different ways while Saïd Taghmaoui, Ayelet Zurer and Edgar Ramirez did well in providing the backbone of the film. Since the film rewinds several times there is little room for characterization, the only attempts at this were brief and focused on Forest Whitaker and Dennis Quaid

'Vantage Point' took a plot and portrayed it in a unique approach, which is partially why I felt it was so entertaining. It kept me on tenterhooks throughout, especially as I waited to see how each character fitted into the story (although, such a way of filming could bore audiences fast if other films decided to copy). While the actual plot was a tad unrealistic and wrapped up in a too convenient manner, I think we accept that this is the norm for most actions films and that is part of what makes them fun. We see enough realism in the news, after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 24 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Vantage Point's Unique Selling Point is that it retells the same events from the point of view of several participants, thereby revealing what actually happened to the audience. The film does this by telling one, then rewinding time, and telling the next, etc. They've made a good job of showing us backstory each time and making each one different enough that living through the same scenario never gets dull. However, some of the sequences are better than others. Sigourney Weaver is great as a news producer hit with the story of the year as the President gets gunned down before her team at a foreign peace summit. Dennis Quaid is rapidly becoming very boring for me as 'grizzled' in every role, always playing a man with a hard, damaged past and a permanent grimace of pain or baggage on his face. In here it suits the role but isn't very impressive. Forest Whittaker plays the everyman who seems gentle, and has a complex family issue that never gets explained, but for some reason he also feels the need to run after suspects and cops in a gunfight and video it all. This is markedly at odds with the way his character is in the rest of the film, and has him coming off as dangerously close to voyeuristic wierdo, when he's clearly supposed to be the sympathetic heart of the movie. The plot is a convoluted, twisting thing involving deceit after twist after bluff, but while some of them are excellently pulled off, including the exciting summit disaster, few except a sudden burst of violence later on are pulled off with any surprise. Most of the twists feel rather expected, and one of them is the kind of thing that would bring down the person concerned from their job (you'll know it when you see it).Read more ›
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