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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thomas Barnes
... Kent Taylor
... Howard Lewis
... Phil McCullough
... Javier (as Edgar Ramirez)
... Suarez
... Veronica
... Angie Jones (as Zoë Saldana)
... Rex Brooks
... President Ashton
... Ted Heinkin
... Enrique
... Holden
... Ron Matthews
... Kevin Cross
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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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8 Strangers. 8 Points of View. 1 Truth. See more »


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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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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,874,936, 24 February 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,266,306, 20 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,161,491
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When shooting was moved to Mexico, the production design team built a replica of Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, which is slightly smaller than the original. See more »

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Barnes gets into a blue Astra with distinctive alloy wheels. During the chase, when Barnes stops at a junction and looks left, the wheels have changed, which means he is driving a different car. 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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Take it for what it is, a good, entertaining film
23 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Some reviewers make it out to almost be a B-movie, but it isn't, not by a long shot.

The story revolves around the assassination of the US president who is attending a counter-terrorism summit in Spain. The film is told from multiple viewpoints and the events that transpire within a 23-minute time frame, thus a Groundhog Day-like experience.

Vantage Point is really just an action film . . . pure and simple. When seeing this film, don't expect a complex and deep storyline; it certainly isn't that. The proper approach is to just take it for what it is. I liked this film because it had no pretensions. It didn't want to pretend that it needs to be over-analyzed by the viewer. There are no lengthy sub-plots and behind-the-back conspiracy pieces, no need to explain who is fighting for what cause. And if you approach with this frame of mind, then I assure you, you won't get bored or disappointed.

It's a movie that doesn't need to be analyzed ad nauseam. It doesn't care about needing to tie up lose ends and explain all the circumstances surrounding the assassination. Approach it from *that* "vantage point" and you'll appreciate it more.


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