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Vantage Point Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 10

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Why, beating the audience about the ears, eyes and brain with essentially the same sequence of events from eight characters' points of view, none of which adds much more than deafening hysteria and identically dreadful music. The filmmakers seem to have missed the point that each re-enactment in "Rashomon" provides new and conflicting information. It makes you wonder if they studied the wrong movie. Maybe they rented "Rush Hour," or a video on Rosh Hashanah.

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Straight out of the slice-and-dice school of filmmaking, Vantage Point fractures chronology and perspective in a vain attempt to disguise its flimsiness.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Turns out to be a tepid thriller that promises more than it delivers.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Vantage Point starts to slide off the rails when it tracks a tourist (Forest Whitaker) and his trusty camcorder; instead of Zapruder-like intrigue, the episode has him running around like an agent in a rote thriller.

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  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's a fast-paced motion picture that fails the "reality test" but maintains a certain intensity for its entire running length. It's entertaining in the same way that an episode of "24" is entertaining.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Disappointing action flick centers on terrorism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some teens may be drawn to this political action adventure by its all-star cast of popular/award-wining actors (including Matthew Fox of Lost, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver, and Forest Whitaker). The film revolves around a terrorist attack on the U.S. president and features scenes of explosions killing a crowd of people, a suicide bomber detonating in a posh hotel's lobby, high-ranking officials being shot at execution-style, and other bloody deaths. Language includes words like "s--t" and "bitch"; it's worth noting that there's markedly less commercialism and drug/alcohol use than in comparable films.

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays the United States, the president, and terrorists. Are there parallels to modern U.S. politics? How so? Is it common in recent films for the American government and its leaders to be shown negatively -- especially in films that take place abroad? Why or why not? What message do you think the movie is trying to send?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Secret Service agents act courageously in the aftermath of a terrorist attack abroad. An American tourist bravely puts his life in danger to save a young girl. Although most of the movie's terrorists are Muslims from the Middle East, there are American ones, too.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The U.S. president is shot at during a speech. Crowds of people die in an explosion set off by a terrorist; a suicide bomber detonates himself in the lobby of a hotel; terrorists kill several people execution-style and kidnap the president. A Cabinet member tries to force the president to bomb Morocco for harboring terrorists.

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    Sex: A woman seems to be in a romantic embrace, but she's actually being handled roughly. She then kisses and hugs another man.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes `s--t,` `ass,` `bitch,` and `bulls--t.`

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Nothing overt, except for an obvious CNN-like news channel called `GNN.`

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The president is sedated so he can be kidnapped.