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Vantage Point (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  22 February 2008 (USA)
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The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

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The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,454,636 (UK) (7 March 2008)

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$72,266,306 (USA) (18 April 2008)
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In the scene shortly after the assassination attempt, Agent Taylor says to Agent Barnes "But it happened. On our watch." to which Agent Barnes replies "I can't live with that," is a reference to the National Geographic Channel's documentary, "Inside the U.S. Secret Service", in which Agent Larry Cockell--the Agent-in-Charge of President Bill Clinton's protective detail--made a remark about the potential of assassination: "My motto is, 'It won't happen on my watch. It can't happen on my watch, because I can't live with it.'" See more »

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Each story takes place in the same time frame, but in aerial views of the plaza, the shadows cast by the buildings change throughout each "vantage" view. See more »

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Mark Reinhart: Good morning, America. It's now 12 noon in Salamanca, Spain. In a short time, world leaders from over 150 countries meet here in Plaza Mayor to sign up to President Ashton's bold new counterterrorist strategy. Since 9/11, more than 4500 people have been killed in the rising tide of global terror. Those lives will not soon be forgotten as today, the world comes together to take a stand against this violence. We may be on the brink of a historic agreement between Western and Arab ...
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Pulse pounding actioner
22 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

It didn't really look that way from the previews (looked more like a whodunit) but it is. It's like SPEED or THE FUGITIVE in that way and like RUN LOLA RUN in it's structure. So if you like those films I'd say it's a safe bet for you. It also has a really great car chase scene and this is coming from someone who usually doesn't "get" those. During that whole sequence all I could think was 'how did they choreograph that?' because it had to be really precise. I mean the cars were almost dancing.

You have a stellar ensemble cast here. Forest Whitaker plays a witness to the events who gets caught up in the whirlwind. I don't think I've even seen him run before so this was a little different for him. Matthew Fox and Dennis Quaid play secret service men. I was surprised how little screen time Fox had and if there is a star it's Dennis. I don't think it appeared that way in the trailer either. But mainly the whole thing was split up between all these different characters and their vantage points on this assassination attempt on the US president in Spain. William Hurt plays the president and I'm thinking I'm going to write him in in November. He just looks the part. Sigourney Weaver plays a TV producer who is a witness as she's producing the live coverage and for a minute I thought we didn't see her vantage point but her's was the first one we watched. We were watching along with her and I didn't realize we were already doing the multiple point of views thing. They all culminate at about the same point and once we've seen all of them the action continues from there into a perfect ending.

This film really gets going right away and there is no time for a potty break. There isn't a lot of cursing, just a couple words here or there, and not too scary violence so people who watch "LOST" and "24" level action should be able to handle it. This is the sort of movie you used to only get in the summer.


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