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  • Vantage Point
    • Vantage Point
    • Runtime:90 min
    • Release Date:2014-12-22 22:09:26
    • Director: Pete Travis
    • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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MOVIE REVIEW:Vantage Point
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A pretty good premise for a film that just lost it's potential along
the way. The resetting of the clock was clever but far, far overdone.
Towards the end I was praying that they wouldn't do it yet again. The
car chase scenes were good. Fast paced and well shot. The acting was OK
- nothing brilliant but OK.

But the thing that ruined the entire film for me was the scene of the
young girl running through traffic, barely dodging the cars flying by.
She ignores dozens of cars in her rush to get to her mother but she
then, inexplicably, just freezes in the middle of the road after
already crossing several lanes of traffic. Far too unbelievable but I
suppose forgivable as a prop to build tensions while we wait for the
next flashback to see how it turns out.

And then, the "pièce de résistance" was the terrorist who had just
cold-bloodedly massacred so many without hesitation, swerving to miss
this child and destroying his entire plan of kidnapping the president
and bringing America to it's knees … he kills dozens of women and
children and yet throws everything away, crashing his ambulance to
avoid running the child down. This absurd plot device allows Denis
Quaid to catch him on foot. What a ridiculous way to end a movie.

Makes you ask, just what the hell was the director/writer thinking?
Could have been another great action thriller if handled with just a
little more care but it doesn't even rate as half-arssed the way it is.
Maybe a "director's cut" is waiting somewhere to salvage this from a
B-movie classification. There MUST be a great film lying somewhere on
the cutting-room floor.

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A short 5 minutes into this movie and I was already hooked. I could not
take my eyes off the screen.

I loved how each scene was broken up into its very own mystery. Each
scene gave us a chance to get to know each character. In the next scene
we discover the answer to the mystery, though the characters aren't
informed yet and then we are introduced to a new mystery, bigger and
better than the previous. Because each segment focuses on a particular
predicament and particular characters, we get the opportunity to know
each of the characters in depth. This is when we grow our fond
attachment or our strong distaste for them.

Vantage Point really was the whole package. It was shocking,
suspenseful, and carried the big mystery as well as the little
mysteries well. It also toys with your emotions.

Pay close attention to the details. Everything…every move, every
character, every word has a meaning. Some are obvious while others are
very subtle.

I was disappointed that I didn't get to see this on the big screen with
no interruptions. I think it would have made it a million times better.

I highly recommend Vantage Point. See it ASAP. You won't be
disappointed

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Let's put aside the Rashomon Effect.Not because it's not original,but
because even though it was well crafted here it was nothing out of this
world.

This is a mystery film,which means the only obligation is that the
mystery gets solved at the end.We find out who shot the President,but
not the background.After,those people were from a larger group.Someone
mentioned at one point a war.I doubt that they left it ambiguous on
purpose,since this isn't the kind of movie that would have a sequel.

My opinion seems to be the same that the rest.So why did I gave it a
high rating?It's actually lower than what it was going to be.The ending
may have been a turn off,but for me it didn't erase from my mind the
great action.I jumped from the seat on every explosion,even though it
was obvious it was going to happen.

Grades: B+ in the U.S. and 6,0 in Chile.

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