Vantage Point begins with us watching a broadcast of a global anti-terrorism summit in Salamanca, Spain where the president of the United States is about to deliver a speech.
Amongst the thousands of people who have gathered, the president exits the limo surrounded by security and enters the stage area. If you've seen the trailers you know what's about to happen. As he's about to begin his speech, he gets shot by a sniper.
There is very little (if any) character development in this movie. We are briefly introduced to each character during the opening 20 minutes and then watch the events unfold from various point of views (As the title suggests). The problem is, it becomes very boring and tedious after the first few times watching the same opening sequence. Also we don't care about these people, they feel unimportant as there is little to no background on them.
The acting is mediocre at best, in fact laughable at times. I felt nothing from these actors, the only one who I thought did a good job was Sigourney Weaver, the lead control girl for the television broadcast company in the opening sequence. Everyone else seemed very forced and unbelievable.
The movie also brought every cliche in an action movie, such as getting crushed by a MAC Truck into a wall but walking away without a scratch, to an unbelievablely long car chase scene that simply couldn't and wouldn't happen in real life. The car sequence was like something out of Ronin, except with cheesy cars and bad acting.
It simply defines a Hollywood Movie and I wouldn't recommend it for a movie theater experience. If you're dying to see it, wait for it on DVD as there simply is nothing special to see here.
Interesting stories of movies creator:
The first big budget hollywood movie of 2008 jumped into theaters but not without a rough landing. The concept is great, the effects are decent, but the plot & the acting is ridiculously bad.
At the age of fifteen, David Rice (Hayden Christensen) discovers he has the ability to teleport anywhere in the world, at anytime. After learning how to control his new power, he does what every 15 yr old kid would consider doing, rob a bank. So now life is great, he's sitting pretty with tons of money and can 'travel' anywhere in the world, but at what price?
After taking us on a tour around the world (Best part of the film), David gets lonely and decides to try to hook back up with his highschool sweetheart (Rachel Bilson), not knowingly about to get her involved in a heap of mess.
Roland (Samuel L. Jackson) tracks jumpers to kill them believing "only God should have that power". He's also the lead investigator of the bank robbery and eventually catches up to David.
From that point on, the film is a constant blur of jumping as the two battle it out, ultimately resulting in a very unsatisfying ending.
Like I said, the concept is great but the plot holes look like a thick slice of swiss cheese. Everything just seems to happen and you're constantly asking yourself questions throughout the film as there is little explanation given.
The only decent character in the movie, was a guy named Griffin, played by Jamie Bell. He added some much needed comic relief and had some good punchlines throughout. Aside from him, the cast was awful. Hayden and Rachel proved that they are not this generation's next big stars. There was no chemistry onscreen at all between the two, perhaps partly due to the terrible script.
Don't waste $10 on this one (or $20 on a date). It offers some entertainment value but the trailer shows you all the good you'll get from it.
I decided to write movie review about Rambo film, because Sylvester Stallone is my favourite actor.
There is no sugar coating it, Rambo is the definition of a guy movie.
Any guy with half-a-brain can sit back and totally love what unfolds in front of him. If you look away you for just a minute you probably will miss a headshot or a flying limb. Who knew a sniper shot can fling a guy 80 ft across jungle terrain? haha.
This goes down as one of the most violent movies I've ever seen. Stats show that 236 people are killed in this movie averaging 2.59 kills/minute.
My only beef is that they had to show children getting brutally killed. It's a pretty twisted scene too, the guy tells the village "Listen, we are taking your children with us to become soldiers," then he literally tosses one into a fire..
Untraceable's concept would have made an excellent one hour CSI episode. Unfortunately trying to stretch it into a feature film gave us a lot of boring down time. I kept wanting the killer to find somebody else so that I wouldn't have to try to stay awake through Diane Lane's "life" issues.
I guess on the bright side, the casting was good and the acting was decent. That's all I have to say about that.
In the end it just seemed that this movie had way too much filler and not enough substance. If this is a movie that you just have to watch, then wait for the dvd. Don't make the mistake I did and see this on the big screen. I've seen this compared to Silence of the Lambs but this story could make Hannibal Lector about as bland as a day at the Museum.