Vantage Point (2008) – Encore Review


“[speaking to crowd] This is a wondrous day. Today, we make history! ” – Mayor De Soto

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (2 April 2008, 3 Feb 2014 and 13 May 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The events of a political summit is seen through the eyes of 8 very different observers who show that not all that we see is meant to be believed.

My Take on it – I have lays been a huge fan of stories that paint a picture of an event, crime or even a relationship from various perspectives in order to give us a more inclusive and powerful look at what is being depicted.

This movie is one of the one sin this category that really get things right from start to finish.

The way that this movie shows us the events of a short 23 minutes +/- from various perspectives allows us to get a much clearer view of everything that goes on in the story.

They find ways to set this story up quite cleverly and the decision to show the events from 8 different perspectives works really well in allowing us to see how things play out here.

The plot is filled with lots of great twists and turns along the way that keep things moving along at a great pace and helps things stay quite gripping throughout.

Despite the fact that they show the same events numerous times, the story never feels repetitive because we constantly get new information as each viewpoint adds more to revealing the various mysteries involved here.

The choice to use a terrorist event as the main part of this story works really well in helping make things more relevant and personal for viewers because we can all relate to the fears and concerns of such events around the world.

The film has an amazing cast which helps keep things even more thrilling because we never are quite sure who we  should trusted as things unfold in unexpected directions.

This is perfect modern version of the Rashoman effect in a story and it is so entertaining throughout.

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that allows us to see an event from various viewpoints which allows us to get a full picture of how things work. The story is set up really well and the choice of these eight diverse characters helps us really get a clear understanding of things. The film is filled with some really nice twists and turns that helps keep things so interesting because despite showing us the same “time frame” numerous times, we are allowed to see new and thrilling things each time. This is a very powerful “modern” version of the Rashoman effect that shows things in a more modern and relevant event that can be experienced by all viewers from a personal level due to our fears and concerns about worldwide terror events.  The cast is perfect and I love how they use some very recognizable actors in key roles because it lets things be even more surprising as things move along because we are never quite sure which ones to trust or not. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the original script, the tourist was a Russian named Lewicki. When Forest Whitaker auditioned for a different role, Pete Travis was so impressed that he rewrote the tourist as an American and offered the role to him. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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