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July 10, 2008

Vantage Point


I watched it on DVD (Blu-ray) last evening.

Talk about a movie that grabs you from outset, this one sure did me.

An aside: every time I watch a movie at home in high-def on a widescreen plasma display, backed up by superb 5.1 surround sound and my ultra-comfy couch making me oh so blissfully comfortable, it becomes harder and harder to understand why I would possibly want to go out to a movie theater to see a film.

I'm short on the theater business.

But I digress.

"Vantage Point" is intense, fast-paced and full of twists and turns, perhaps a few too many towards the end what with the now pretty much obligatory car chase through crowded city streets (impressive even if it was a bit much) pushing the film to an ending with far too many coincidences to be even semi-plausible.


Dennis Quaid was great and so was Forest Whitaker, looking ever more asymmetrical as he ages; Sigourney Weaver did what she does best, i.e., seem intense and competent.

I must say I was very surprised — in a good way — by some of the completely unexpected events that occurred along the way.


If you want to watch what I consider a masterpiece of conspiracy theory in the presidential arena, try "The Parallax View,"


Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 take on the subject.

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I loved the beginning of this movie, I was originally sucked in by the multi-perspective view. I thought it went downhill from there. I hate it when movies make mistakes that take me out of the story. The Spanish wasn't from Spain (except for two actors), that was NOT the Plaza Mayor, NO ONE looked Spanish (they were all Latin Americans) and trust me, there IS an obvious difference. Sigourney Weaver was completely underutilized, the plot-line coincidences were too ridiculous to believe and poor Forest Whittaker. In my opinion the guy was utterly miscast and the intelligence of his acting undercut by mediocre dialog and implausible actions. Nevertheless, I watched it to its train-wrecky end. Give up seeing movies in a movie theater? Never. So glad I didn't spend $9 to see this film there though.

Posted by: Milena | Jul 10, 2008 10:32:28 PM

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Posted by: g-a-b | Jul 10, 2008 9:56:22 PM

Love the water release at the dam scene in Parallax View. Burned into my brain cells as a totally outrageous plot device and stuff of film legend.

Posted by: Matt Penning | Jul 10, 2008 9:11:51 PM

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