Vantage Point an Awesome Adrenaline Movie

I’m constantly amazed at how truly entertaining movies with no redeeming social value always seem to get lousy newspaper reviews while artsy fartsy movies like “No Country for Old Men” get great reviews despite having what I consider the worst 15 minute ending in the history of film. “Vantage Point” is the exact opposite of a chick flick, it’s the kind of movie guys who like an adrenaline energy rush, love and cool, hip women,enjoy. I’m assuming an uptight woman probably would hate this kind of movie even though there is no sex or sexual exploitation in it. Oh well, you can’t have everything!

I go to a movie for one reason and one reason only, to be entertained. I don’t go to a movie to think and use my mind. If you liked “Point Break” with Keanu Reeves and “Crank” with Jason Statham, you’ll love “Vantage Point”.

“Vantage Point” basically tells the story of an assassination of a U.S. President in a foreign country as seen through the eyes and actions of the characters that were at the scene of the assassination: The President (William Hurt), the Secret Service Agent (Dennis Quaid), the Head Secret Service Agent (Matthew Fox), the tourist (Forest Whitaker) and the members of the assassination team. The majority of the movie revolves around flashbacks of each of these characters that all took place at the same time but reveal new details and answers unfolding. Each flashback doesn’t repeat most of what happened in the other flashbacks. My sole criticism of the flashbacks is that they are used one too many times and the last one seemed like a anti-climatic annoyance that you knew was coming. After that, the movie resorts to real time again.

As I said, I really enjoyed the movie as I found it 90 minutes of non-stop entertainment. I did note a lot of plotholes which I won’t get into here as I don’t want to spoil the movie for you. In short I would give this move a solid B+ as I found it quite entertaining, fast paced and unpredictable like a roller coaster ride. If you watch a movie for redeeming social value and to think, this movie is not for you.