(disad)Vantage Point

What happens when you try to mix 3 parts The Bourne Ultimatum with 1 part In the Line of Fire and 1 part “24” (pick any episode)? Bad things to be sure.

Summary

Vantage Point (2008)

Release Date: February 1, 2008
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver
Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Runtime: 90 min
Original Title: Vantage Point
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Kanzaman, Columbia Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film, Art In Motion
The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Cast Vantage Point

  • Dennis Quaid
  • Role: Thomas Barnes
  • Matthew Fox
  • Role: Kent Taylor
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Role: Howard Lewis
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Role: Rex Brooks
  • William Hurt
  • Role: President Ashton
  • Ayelet Zurer
  • Role: Veronica
  • Edgar Ramírez
  • Role: Javier
  • Eduardo Noriega
  • Role: Enrique
  • Saïd Taghmaoui
  • Role: Suarez
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Role: Angie Jones
  • James Le Gros
  • Role: Ted Heinkin
  • Bruce McGill
  • Role: Phil McCullough
  • Richard T. Jones
  • Role: Holden
  • Holt McCallany
  • Role: Ron Matthews
  • Leonardo Nam
  • Role: Kevin Cross
  • Dolores Heredia
  • Role: Marie
  • Shelby Fenner
  • Role: Grace Riggs
  • Alicia Jaziz Zapién
  • Role: Anna
  • Justin Sundquist
  • Role: Parsons
  • Rocío Verdejo
  • Role: Paulina
  • Brian McGovern
  • Role: Mark Reinhart
  • Ari Brickman
  • Role: Secret Service Agent
  • Sean O'Bryan
  • Role: Cavic
  • Guillermo Iván
  • Role: Felipe
  • Xavier Massimi
  • Role: Miguel
  • Rodrigo Cachero
  • Role: Luis
  • Lisa Owen
  • Role: American Woman
  • Marisa Rubio
  • Role: Police Woman
  • José Carlos Rodríguez
  • Role: Mayor De Soto

Trailer Vantage Point

Those are the movies and shows that Vantage Point is aping badly. Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, and Matthew Fox of “Lost” fame — all stellar actors — are here for the paycheck. None have any meat to chew on at all. Dennis Quaid must not be finding work these days. And the wonderful, yet typecast, Saïd Taghmaoui plays his typical Muslim extremist conspirator.

The story is so weak and the characters so paper thin that I didn’t sympathize with any of them. Who dies, who dunnit, who cares? Why did the bad guys do what they did? No effort was made to explain their side to allow the audience to care for them. Why did the good guys go to the lengths they did to save the day? No idea.

This is one of those movies whose trailers were great, but the actual movie was the opposite of great. Avoid Vantage Point at all costs!

3 Replies to “(disad)Vantage Point”

  1. robert! my freind, sarah, is sitting with me right now and she tells me that she highly disagrees! hmmmm…i’ll guess I’ll have to go see it myself!

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