Vantage Point
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver. Thriller. Written by Barry L. Levy, Dennis Quaid. Directed by Pete Travis.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Matthew Fox) are two Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton (William Hurt) at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after his arrival in Spain, chaos ensues and disparate lives collide. In the crowd is Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker), an American tourist videotaping the historic event to show his kids when he returns home. Also there is Rex (Sigourney Weaver), an American TV news producer who is reporting on the conference. Its only as we follow each persons perspective of the same 15 minutes prior to and immediately after the shooting that the terrifying truth behind the assassination attempt is revealed.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Involving performances, an intriguing premise and fast-paced direction should keep even the most ravenous popcorn eater from taking a concessions break. But theres something troubling about the frequent terrorist-themed plotlines of late. Its one thing to spotlight the cold-blooded destructiveness of this activity. Its quite another to merely use it as entertainment fodder. In United 93 a couple years back, we were given a perception of the mind of the terrorist we were engrossed, but we also learned something. But Vantage Point is pure escapist action adventure. To view the President being assassinated over and over, then countless people blown up or shot at point blank range seems a strange way to be entertained.

DVD Alternatives: Groundhog Day. Bill Murray learns how to treat others after being caught in a surreal world where he wakes up each morning to re-live the same day.


Rashomon. This Akira Kurosawa study of truth and human nature is not for children. The story concerns four people involved in a rape-murder, as each participant tells a varying account of the action. Caution: though it is not explicit in visual detail, it is intense.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Columbia

Crude Language: I caught none
Obscene Language: Around 12 obscenities, mostly the s-word.
Profanity: Eight profanes uses of Gods name or Christs.
Violence: We see a man portraying the President shot over and over. Bombs go off, killing civilians; many CIA agents are shot at point blank range by terrorists. A child is endangered. Car chases endanger many. Some blood.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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