Saturday, February 23, 2008

Duck's Movie Matinee: Vantage Point



I just returned from watching "Vantage Point", starring Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver, Forrest Whittaker, William Hurt and a lot of swarthy Spanish extras. All in all it is a good, fast paced political thriller in the style of "The Bourne Identity" and "24". The President of the US, played by Hurt, is shot in a crowded Spanish plaza while giving a speech at an anti terrorism conference of world leaders. The fateful events are replayed several times, each time from the vantage point of a different player in the drama. Each rewind and replay of the events adds new twists, introduces new players and fills out the picture a little more.
Early on I suspected that the movie would be another Hollywood take on the ugly American syndrome, and I was partially correct. There is some liberal preachiness about the US War on Terror, typical "cycle of violence" pap. But refreshingly for a Hollywood production the bad guys really are the terrorists.
The plot is pretty far fetched, and you have to be a real conspiracy theorist to find it in the least bit plausible. But if you're willing to suspend your disbelief for 90 minutes, you'll find it to be a tight, fast paced thrill ride. Four quacks.

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