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Vantage Point (2008)

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  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 22 February 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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  • IMDb page: Vantage Point (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 74,683 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 22 February 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $151,161,491(Worldwide)
  • Director: Pete Travis
  • Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker and Matthew Fox
  • Original Music By: Atli Örvarsson   
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: President | Explosion | Shooting | Secret Service | American

Writing Credits By:

  • Barry Levy (written by) (as Barry L. Levy)

Known Trivia

  • The studio originally wanted to shoot the entire film in Salamanca, Spain, but the local government refused to close the Plaza Mayor for nearly 3 months. Production was moved to Cuernavaca and Puebla, Mexico. Only the scenes filmed from the air were shot in Spain.
  • Matthew Fox, Eduardo Noriega, Forest Whitaker and director Pete Travis attended the premiere, held in Salamanca, Spain, on February 12, 2008. City Hall declared them “Distinguished Guests.”
  • When shooting was moved to Mexico, the production design team built a replica of Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, which is slightly smaller than the original.
  • Originally planned for release in October 2007.
  • The original script set the story in Madrid, but the producers wanted a more “exotic” location. The fact is revealed in some scenes, like the secret service guy who says they can’t locate a single person among “5 or 6 million” (Madrid’s population; Salamanca’s is much smaller), or when the cop enters a Muslim neighborhood during the foot chase (Madrid has one, Salamanca doesn’t).
  • TV Executive Rex Brooks was originally written as a male. Director Pete Travis changed it to a woman because he felt the movie lacked a strong female character.
  • 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.
  • French visa # 118779.
  • The explosion on the Plaza was filmed by fifteen different cameras.
  • Finnish censorship visa # 206088 delivered on 10-1-2008.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: The extras (and some actors) speak with a Mexican accent, not a Spanish one. Castilian Spanish is dry and sharp and they pronounce "c" and "z" in a different way they pronounce the "s".

Plot: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives. Full summary »  »

Story: The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

Synopsis

Synopsis: U.S. President Henry Ashton (William Hurt) attends a political summit in Salamanca, Spain to promote an international treaty. Displayed with eight differing viewpoints, an assassination attempt on the president occurs…. relayed in a time span of 23 minutes (padded out to 90 minutes with each vantage point). Each time the events unfold from the beginning, a new vantage point is shown revealing additional details, which ultimately completes the story of what actually took place during the incident and who was involved in the conspiracy.

From the first vantage point, GNN producer Rex Brooks (Sigourney Weaver), directs various media personnel from a mobile television studio as the president arrives at the gathering. Mayor De Soto (Jose Carlos Rodriguez) delivers a short speech and then introduces the president, who is immediately shot twice by a unseen sniper as he greets the crowd from the podium. An explosion outside the plaza soon follows. Moments later, the podium itself is destroyed by a secondary explosion, killing and injuring numerous people. As the smoke clears, GNN reporter Angie Jones (Zoe Saldana) is seen lying dead in the rubble.

The second vantage point is seen through the perspective of Secret Service agents Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Matthew Fox). Barnes notices a curtain fluttering in the window of a nearby building that was allegedly vacated. He also observes American tourist Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker) filming the audience. After the president is shot, Barnes tackles a man rushing to the podium named Enrique (Eduardo Noriega). Taylor pursues a lead to a potential assassin. Following the second explosion, Barnes barges into the GNN production studio and asks Rex Brooks to view their footage. He calls Taylor, who reports the direction of the suspected assassin’s escape route. Barnes then views an image on one of the camera’s live feeds that startles him and prompts him to run out.

In a third vantage point, Enrique, who claims to be a Spanish police officer assigned to protecting the mayor of Salamanca, sees his girlfriend Veronica (Ayelet Zurer), being embraced by a stranger and overhears them speaking about meeting under an overpass. When he confronts her, Veronica assures Enrique of her love for him as he hands her a bag that she asked him to bring. When the president is shot, Enrique rushes onto the stage to protect the mayor, but is tackled by Barnes. While being detained, he witnesses Veronica toss the bag he gave her under the podium, causing the second explosion. Enrique escapes as the agents who previously had him in custody, mount a chase while firing shots in his direction, failing to subdue him. Enrique confronts an unseen individual at the overpass and asks if he is surprised to see him still alive.

A fourth vantage point revolves around Howard Lewis who is chatting with a man called Sam (Said Taghmaoui), while a little girl named Anna (Alicia Zapien), bumps into him and drops her ice cream. Later, Lewis notices Barnes looking at the curtain fluttering in the window of a nearby building, and captures the footage with his camcorder. Following the second explosion at the podium, Lewis chases Enrique and the pursuing Secret Service agents. At the overpass, Lewis views the pair of agents from afar shooting in the direction of Enrique as he greets an individual in a police uniform under the overpass. Seriously wounded, Enrique falls to the ground. Lewis sees Anna who had earlier become separated from her mother, trying to cross a busy intersection. An ambulance races down the road about to hit Anna, as Lewis runs out to save her.

The fifth vantage point begins as President Ashton, having been informed of a credible assassination threat, has returned to his hotel room with his aides while his body double proceeds to the gathering in the plaza. The first explosion, which occurs just outside the hotel, is revealed to be a device detonated by a suicide bomber disguised as a bellhop. Seconds later, a masked assailant bursts into the president’s room, shoots his advisers and then proceeds in abducting Ashton.

At the sixth vantage point, terrorist leader Suarez, previously seen as Sam; shoots Ashton’s body double using a remote-controlled automatic rifle placed in an adjacent window next to the one with the fluttering curtain that had drawn Barnes’ attention earlier. The rifle is retrieved by Taylor, who Barnes sees leaving the scene wearing a Spanish policeman’s uniform on one of the GNN live feeds, even though he tells Barnes that he’s in pursuit of the assassin over the phone. Barnes realizes Taylor has gone "rogue" and is actually part of the terror plot to abduct President Ashton. The man Enrique saw embracing Veronica is revealed to be sharpshooter Javier (Edgar Ramirez), whose brother is being held hostage to ensure Javier’s cooperation with the terrorists. Javier kills the guards and aides within the hotel, and kidnaps the president. Ashton is later placed in an ambulance with Suarez and Veronica disguised as medics. Javier joins Taylor in a police car to a planned rendezvous at the overpass. Barnes commandeers a car and chases Taylor and Javier before they have a chance to get away. Barnes however, gets into a collision with a truck, allowing the duo to escape.

At the overpass, Enrique who did not die in the blast at the podium as intended, confronts Javier and Taylor. Enraged, Javier shoots Enrique, mistakenly believing he had knowledge of his kidnapped brother’s whereabouts. Javier is then shot and killed by Taylor when he demands to be brought to his brother, who had been killed earlier by Suarez. Enrique dies of his wounds as Barnes reaches the scene on foot firing several rounds at Taylor, who attempts to flee. After crashing his car, a critically injured Taylor is dragged out by Barnes. He orders Taylor to reveal where the president has been taken, but Taylor dies.

Meanwhile, President Ashton regains consciousness in the ambulance and attacks Veronica, distracting her and Suarez just as Anna runs into their path. Suarez swerves causing the ambulance to flip over just as Lewis pulls Anna out of its way. Barnes runs to the ambulance where he sees Veronica lying dead. He shoots Suarez dead and rescues the president.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Ricardo Del Río known as co-producer (as Ricardo Del Rio Galnares)
  • Callum Greene known as executive producer
  • Tania Landau known as executive producer
  • Neal H. Moritz known as producer
  • Lynwood Spinks known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dennis Quaid known as Thomas Barnes
  • Matthew Fox known as Kent Taylor
  • Forest Whitaker known as Howard Lewis
  • Bruce McGill known as Phil McCullough
  • Édgar Ramírez known as Javier (as Edgar Ramirez)
  • Saïd Taghmaoui known as Suarez
  • Ayelet Zurer known as Veronica
  • Zoe Saldana known as Angie Jones (as Zoë Saldana)
  • Sigourney Weaver known as Rex Brooks
  • William Hurt known as President Ashton
  • James LeGros known as Ted Heinkin (as James Le Gros)
  • Eduardo Noriega known as Enrique
  • Richard T. Jones known as Holden
  • Holt McCallany known as Ron Matthews
  • Leonardo Nam known as Kevin Cross
  • Dolores Heredia known as Marie
  • Alicia Zapien known as Anna (as Alicia Jaziz Zapien)
  • Justin Sundquist known as Parsons
  • Sean O'Bryan known as Cavic
  • José Carlos Rodríguez known as Mayor De Soto
  • Rodrigo Cachero known as Luis
  • Guillermo Iván known as Felipe (as Guillermo Ivan)
  • Xavier Massimi known as Miguel
  • Shelby Fenner known as Grace Riggs
  • Ari Brickman known as Secret Service Agent
  • Brian McGovern known as Mark Reinhart
  • Lisa Owen known as American Woman
  • Rocío Verdejo known as Paulina (as Rocio Verdejo)
  • Marisa Rubio known as Police Woman
  • Chris Durand known as Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
  • César Ámigo Aguilar known as Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Gerardo Perez Arreola known as key hair stylist
  • Antonio Garfias known as key makeup artist: second unit (as Luis Antonio Garfias Ramos)
  • Eduardo Gómez known as makeup department head (as Eduardo Gómez Aguilera)
  • Esther Lomeli known as hair stylist
  • Sandra Miguell known as key makeup artist (as Sandra Migueli Lopez Soto)
  • Nina Paskowitz known as hair stylist
  • Ruth Bermudo known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Marco Antonio Hernández known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Fernando Legarreta known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Peter Robb-King known as personal makeup artist: Sigourney Weaver (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Alma Aragon known as set dresser
  • Carlos Benassini known as set designer (as Carlos Benassini Felix)
  • Israel Castañeda known as construction coordinator
  • Rogelio Castañeda known as construction foreman
  • Alejandra Cuervo known as on-set dresser
  • Israel Delgado Rivera known as graphic designer (as Israel Delgado)
  • Aimee Dominguez known as property master
  • Maria Paz Gonzalez known as assistant art director
  • Rodolfo Martinez known as construction foreman
  • Rodolfo Martínez Mijarez known as construction foreman (as Rodolfo Mijarez)
  • Gabriela Matus known as assistant decorator
  • Erick Monroy known as set designer
  • Jose Luis Nava Contreras known as construction coordinator
  • Roberto Revilla known as set dressing assistant (2008)
  • Juan Pedro Saldivar known as construction foreman (as Juan Saldivar Segundo)
  • Colin Thurston known as property master
  • Sandro Valdez known as set designer
  • Alberto Villaseñor known as construction coordinator (as Alberto Villaseñor Kuri)
  • Julieta Álvarez known as assistant art director (as Julieta Alvarez Kaza)
  • Carlos Benassini known as draftsman (uncredited)
  • Devorah Galván Caballero known as props (uncredited)
  • Martha Camarillo known as assistant set decorator (uncredited)
  • Tina Charad known as concept artist (uncredited)
  • Jane Clark known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Alicia Del Valle known as plasterer (uncredited)
  • Carlos Gamboa known as set designer (uncredited)
  • Laura González known as decoration coordinator (uncredited)
  • William Hawa known as assistant property master (uncredited)
  • Rafael Mandujano known as lead graphics (uncredited)
  • Mark Moretti known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Magali Sagarra known as assistant to production designer (uncredited)
  • Jorge Sainz known as leadman (uncredited)
  • Joseph Strachan known as storyboard artist (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Original Film
  • Art In Motion
  • Kanzaman (Spain)

Other Companies:

  • Allan Padelford Camera Cars  camera equipment provided by (C-2 chase car and tracker remote system)
  • Bloomberg Television  television footage provided by
  • CDC-Sefit  italian dubbing by
  • Casting Valdés  extras casting
  • Cletus Catering  catering
  • Comisión Estatal des Estado de Puebla  special thanks
  • Comisión Nacional De Filmaciones  special thanks
  • Deluxe  prints
  • Dirección de Cinematografia del Estado de Morelos  special thanks
  • Flying Pictures  aerial filming services provided by
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  additional ProTools systems supplied by
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  post-production facilities
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  sound post-production
  • H. Ayuntamiento de Cuernavaca  special thanks
  • H. Ayuntamiento del Municipio de Puebla  special thanks
  • Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia  special thanks
  • KanZaman Services  production services: Spain
  • Kodak  film stock
  • Media Services  stationery supplier
  • MoviePlacement..com  product placement
  • On Tour Productions  transportation services
  • Packair Airfreight  international logistics
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • People and the Government of Mexico City  special thanks
  • Revolution 435 D&C  grip and lighting equipment
  • Secretaria de Seguridad Publica de la Ciudad de Mexico  special thanks
  • Secretaria de Turismo del Estado de Morelos  special thanks
  • Secretaria de Turismo del Estado de Puebla  special thanks
  • Soundelux  sound post-production (as Soundelux)
  • Technicolor Creative Services  digital intermediate
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • Vesta Hotel Santa Fe  special thanks
  • Weather Channel, The  footage courtesy of

Distributors:

  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • ION Television (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • LK-TEL (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Nordic (2008) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (France) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-Ray Disc)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-Ray Disc)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Rainmaker Animation & Visual Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Eri Adachi known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Simon Ager known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Frank Akrong known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Sav Akyüz known as digital matte painter: Rainmaker
  • Sav Akyüz known as visual effects editor: Rainmaker
  • Lee Allan known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Allan Lee)
  • Chris Anderson known as visual effects producer: Rainmaker (as Christopher Anderson)
  • Graeme Baitz known as rotoscope lead artist: Rainmaker
  • Richie Basilan known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Corey Bastiaans known as CG massive artist: Rainmaker
  • Sebastian Bilbao known as CG supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Kathryn Bolt known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Mike Borgstrom known as CG texture lead: Rainmaker
  • Gary J. Brown known as digital effects artist
  • Billy A. Campbell known as lead visual effects editor (as Billy Campbell)
  • Hyemee Choi known as lighting artist
  • Alan Chuck known as visual effects line producer: Rainmaker
  • Martyn 'Moose' Culpitt known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Martyn Culpitt)
  • Martyn 'Moose' Culpitt known as digital compositor: Rainmaker (as Martyn Culpitt)
  • Kristin Dearholt known as digital production manager: Rainmaker
  • Mike Diltz known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Harriet Donington known as visual effects producer: Rainmaker
  • Jason Dowdeswell known as digital production supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Nick Drew known as visual effects production manager: Rainmaker
  • Paddy Eason known as special effects supervisor: Rainmaker
  • James Fantin known as visual effects coordinator
  • Gerald Feather known as matchmove artist: Rainmaker
  • Peter Fiala known as CG modeling lead: Rainmaker
  • Brian Fisher known as compositing supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Julia Frey known as visual effects plate producer: Rainmaker
  • Paul Furminger known as visual effects editor: Rainmaker
  • Safeer Ghaznavi known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Neil Ghaznavi)
  • Miles Glyn known as CG artist: Rainmaker
  • Sally Goldberg known as CG supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Charlotte Gray known as digital restoration artist
  • Geoffrey Hancock known as digital visual effects supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Zane Harker known as color wrangler: Rainmaker
  • Mark Harrison known as CG artist: Rainmaker
  • Peter Hart known as lead matchmove artist: Rainmaker
  • Julie Hebb known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Paul Hendriks known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Alan Hernandez known as technical director: mental ray, Rainmaker
  • Steven Hodgson known as visual effects plate supervisor: Rainmaker (as Steve Hodgson)
  • Dennis Hoffman known as visual effects production supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Christina Hsu known as CG massive lead: Rainmaker
  • Stephen James known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Marta Knapik known as senior visual effects coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Ronald Knol known as visual effects IT supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Alex Kyrou known as data I/O: Rainmaker
  • Tony Lomonaco known as motion capture editor
  • Hugh Macdonald known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Michael MacGillivray known as visual effects coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Kevin Mah known as technical director: effects, Rainmaker
  • Tom McHattie known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Abel Milanes known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Benjamin Miller known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (as Ben Miller)
  • Brian Moylan known as visual effects production supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Sam Nixon known as matchmove artist: Rainmaker
  • Roma O'Connor known as visual effects executive producer: Rainmaker (as Roma Van Den Bergh)
  • Marianne O'Reilly known as visual effects executive producer: Rainmaker
  • Jonathan Opgenhaffen known as lead CG artist: Rainmaker UK
  • Jinnie Pak known as visual effects line producer: Rainmaker
  • Christine Petrov known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Chi Pham known as visual effects systems administrator: Rainmaker
  • Lee Pierce known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Mike Pope known as lead compositor: Rainmaker
  • Becky Roberts known as visual effects line producer: Rainmaker
  • Daniel Rubin known as sequence lead: Rainmaker
  • Scott Russell known as CG artist: Rainmaker
  • Vishal Rustgi known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Peter Scott known as technical director: CG shot, Rainmaker
  • Drew Shields known as matchmove artist: Rainmaker
  • Ronald Siy known as pipeline engineer: Rainmaker
  • Naomi Stopa known as visual effects production manager: Rainmaker
  • Jonathan Taylor known as assistant visual effects editor
  • James Thornton known as CG massive artist: Rainmaker
  • Matthew Tinsley known as visual effects editor
  • Jason Toth known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Curtis Tsai known as data I/O: Rainmaker
  • David Wahlberg known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Mike Washburn known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Tony White known as technical director: Character, Rainmaker
  • Joni Williams known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
  • Steve Won known as visual effects coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Dan Adams known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Josh Awesome known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Geeta Basantani known as matte painter (uncredited)
  • Jordan Benwick known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Justin Brekke known as digital film I/O technician: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • James B. Cain known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Zac Campbell known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Brian Chacon known as head of production technology: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • David Chen known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • John Cornejo known as digital compositor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Theo Diamantis known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Peter Dudley known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Robert Durnin known as technical director: Massive rendering (uncredited)
  • Kelly Fischer known as digital compositor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Jason Hancox known as motion capture artist (uncredited)
  • Jason Hancox known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Adam Hansen known as motion capture lead: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Rob Hansen known as motion capture editor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • P.J. Harling known as visual effects editor (uncredited)
  • Travis Wade Ivy known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Viv Jim known as digital compositor: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Harimander Singh Khalsa known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Dean Koonjul known as digital compositor: Rainmaker UK (uncredited)
  • Charles Lai known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Jean Lapointe known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Matthias Lowry known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Tom Mangat known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Mann known as digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Joe Margetson known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Agata Matuszak known as animator (uncredited)
  • Vasho Pekar known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Diana Jane Perry known as digital film technician (uncredited)
  • Chris Pettigrew known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Mark Pullyblank known as animator (uncredited)
  • Sherri Rogers known as previz animator (uncredited)
  • Daniel Rubin known as lead compositor: crowd (uncredited)
  • Karl Sisson known as texture painter: Rainmaker Digital Pictures (uncredited)
  • Matthew Tinsley known as post-viz artist (uncredited)
  • Matthew Tinsley known as post-viz designer (uncredited)
  • Luke Vallee known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Brent Veal known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Ross Wallis known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Andrew Walton known as visual effects editor (uncredited)
  • Greg Winhall known as match mover: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Jessica Woods known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Johan Yang known as animator: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Teh-wei Yeh known as matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • Jody Zoerb known as motion capture editor: Rainmaker (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Spain 13 February 2008 (Salamanca) (premiere)
  • Russia 14 February 2008 (Moscow) (premiere)
  • Philippines 20 February 2008
  • USA 20 February 2008 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Hong Kong 21 February 2008
  • Qatar 21 February 2008
  • Canada 22 February 2008
  • Mexico 22 February 2008
  • South Korea 22 February 2008
  • Switzerland 22 February 2008 (Italian speaking region)
  • USA 22 February 2008
  • Egypt 27 February 2008
  • Japan 27 February 2008 (Tokyo) (premiere)
  • Taiwan 27 February 2008
  • Argentina 28 February 2008
  • Germany 28 February 2008
  • Kuwait 28 February 2008
  • Russia 28 February 2008
  • Switzerland 28 February 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 29 February 2008
  • Denmark 29 February 2008
  • Italy 29 February 2008
  • Spain 29 February 2008
  • Sweden 29 February 2008
  • India 2 March 2008
  • Estonia 7 March 2008
  • Ireland 7 March 2008
  • UK 7 March 2008
  • Japan 8 March 2008
  • Indonesia 12 March 2008
  • Australia 13 March 2008
  • Croatia 13 March 2008
  • New Zealand 13 March 2008
  • Brazil 14 March 2008
  • France 19 March 2008
  • Chile 20 March 2008
  • Portugal 20 March 2008
  • Singapore 20 March 2008
  • Bulgaria 21 March 2008
  • Finland 21 March 2008
  • Bahrain 26 March 2008
  • Belgium 26 March 2008
  • Jordan 26 March 2008
  • Oman 26 March 2008
  • Greece 27 March 2008
  • Israel 27 March 2008
  • Lebanon 27 March 2008
  • Nigeria 27 March 2008
  • Slovakia 27 March 2008
  • Slovenia 27 March 2008
  • United Arab Emirates 27 March 2008
  • Iceland 28 March 2008
  • Lithuania 28 March 2008
  • Norway 28 March 2008
  • Peru 3 April 2008
  • Thailand 3 April 2008
  • Ecuador 4 April 2008
  • Kenya 4 April 2008
  • Latvia 4 April 2008
  • Panama 4 April 2008
  • Poland 4 April 2008
  • Romania 4 April 2008
  • South Africa 4 April 2008
  • Turkey 4 April 2008
  • Venezuela 4 April 2008
  • Czech Republic 10 April 2008
  • Hungary 10 April 2008
  • Netherlands 10 April 2008
  • Colombia 18 April 2008
  • Uruguay 18 April 2008
  • Bolivia 24 April 2008
  • Switzerland 24 April 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Ukraine 24 April 2008

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language

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  1. phantomtristan from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    As the Bourne series raises the bar for action films, and audiencesbalk at two-plus hour runtimes, the filmmakers of Vantage Point seemlike they are trying to bring a fresh, new, unconventional take on theaction/thriller genre. Though it may annoy some people, I felt the newtake turns Vantage Point into a taut terrorist thriller.

    The new take or approach is jumping right into the moment (everythingis already planned out, people and weapons in place, etc.) of theaction and then telling it from eight different points of view. This iswhere some people may be mildly irritated because after you see onepoint of view everything is suddenly rewound and shown from the nextperson's point of view (this is done six times) before they allconverge into a thrilling finale filled with one massiveadrenaline-fuelled car/chase sequence.

    Because of the complex twists and turns of the plot and characters Iwill be brief, very brief actually, on the plot. It starts with a TVnetwork covering a large gathering of leaders from all over the world(including the President of the United States) who have come togetherto form an alliance against the war on terror. At the beginning of thismeeting the US president is assassinated as he takes the stage, and itbegins replaying the assassination through all the different points ofview. The editing must be commended in this film as it blends all thepoints of views so sophisticatedly you cannot help being engrossed, andthe star-studded cast includes Dennis Quaid, Mathew Fox, ForestWhitaker, William Hurt, and Sigourney Weaver simply adds to everything.

    In the theater I was watching some people called out their annoyance of"again?!" on the fifth rewind, which I find amusing as the filmmakersare simply trying to come up with something new in these sequel-riddentimes. And probably as those same people say Hollywood is "out ofideas" they get angry when it tries something "different" and wouldrather go spend their money on Spider-man 8.

    I felt Vantage Point was an intelligent thriller, and yes it had its'share of implausible plot points, but these were minor as the newtechnique makes you feel like you have an all-seeing surveillancesystem. I kind of felt like I was putting a puzzle together, piece bypiece, and as you see a new point of view it adds more to the story andjust when you think you have it figured out it changes again.

  2. Greenie123 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    I must admit I went into the theatre interested, but skeptical. Slowly,I got drawn into things, and by the time the we were at the fourthvantage point, I was fascinated by how all the stories interrelatedwith each other, and wondering the story would end up.

    The acting is uniformly excellent, especially that of Dennis Quaid, whoI had previously considered a mostly comic actor, but is veryconvincing here as a Secret Service agent.

    The direction and script are also excellent, especially when youconsider both are first-timers in the world of feature films. Thescript was not without its clichés, but I didn't see most of the plottwists coming, which I can usually spot coming a mile away in a filmlike this. There was one real groaner of a plot twist that you'd haveto be an idiot not to see, but it goes by so fast that it doesn'treally matter.

    A lot of the audience in the screening I was at got frustrated by therepeated sections, obviously having no attention span. But once thethird act of the film kicks into gear, everybody stopped complaining.

    Speaking of which, the third act is the payoff which we've all beenwaiting for. Seeing all the plot threads converge in such a convincingmatter was nice, as was the final action scene, which seems like it wasplucked right out of one of the Bourne films. This comes as littlesurprise, since director Pete Travis and Bourne series director PaulGreengrass have worked together in the past.

    As skeptical as I had gone in, I came out impressed. Not since TheBourne Ultimatum have I seen such a convincing, engrossing actionthriller.

  3. dgranger from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    What can I say? This film is a gimmick film that relates the same eventthrough the eyes of eight different characters that each hold a pieceof the puzzle. The film stops and rewinds back to 20 minutes before theevent for each character. It gets a little annoying because each timeit stops, the audience is left on a cliffhanger which carries thefilm's tension into the next character.

    As for what the film promises, it promises a good puzzle, suspense andintense action. It delivers on all accounts. This plot has twists andturns and is completely logical. Half way through this movie, if youthink you got it all figured out, you haven't got a clue.

    The action is fairly balanced through out the film and keeps the filmmoving. The car chase in this film is one of the better ones I haveseen in a long long time. It had some shots in it that I think were asmall homage of the original The Italian Job (1969) car chase scene.

    Even though I personally thought that some of the characters were paperthin, many of the actors gave strong performances that made thecharacters believable. Forest Whitaker was the best. I had a littleproblem with Dennis Quaid's character, Secret Service Agent ThomasBarnes, starting out as the thinnest of all the characters but he growsin the film. Of course, Edgar Ramirez, Saïd Taghmaoui, and EduardoNoriega were right on and make the film (but not as much as Whitaker).

    The premise of this film makes a refreshing change from the ordinarystyle of mainstream movies.

  4. Matt_Layden from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    Vantage Point tells the story of the assassination of the president ofthe United States from 8 different viewpoints. We see the people tryingto protect the president, the media, civilians and the people takingout the attack.

    Vantage Point's is Rashomon for today's audience, minus the talent andbrilliance. The whole idea behind of Vantage Point is to tell theaudience that everyone has their own perspective on things when in acrisis situation, then of course at the end it decides to tell us thewhole story. This concept is really intriguing and could make a reallyintense action thriller. Vantage Point is indeed tense at times and hasa really great car chase sequence, but the absurd plot and useless subplots are too much for it's own good. It feels as if the film is tryingto be to smart for it's own good.

    We start off from the viewpoint of Sigourney Weaver and the media. Sheis the director of the station that is broadcasting the president. Thisis the perfect way to open the film because it is the closest thingthat we, watching on TV at home, will get to see. The only informationwe know is what is shown to us. Bang, the president is shot, boom thestage explodes and then the film rewinds 23 minutes earlier to 12:00noon and now we are seeing the event through the eyes of Dennis Quaid,one of the secret service agents protecting the president. The filmtells everyone view in about 15 minutes or less, then rewinds to noonevery time and then goes to another character. IT becomes veryredundant and will no doubt get on people's nerves.

    This is why the execution is not as good as it could have been. Itcould have been a new and innovative way of seeing things, but insteadwe literally see the events rewind and the clock strike noon 8 times.As repetitive as this is, it does keep things moving along nicely. Thefilm never moves at a snails pace and it shouldn't. Since we know whathappens, we sit there waiting for these things to happen every time.During Whitakers viewpoint I found myself sitting their simply waitingfor the explosion to happen so it can get on with the story.

    There are a lot of things going on in Vantage Point…a lot of things.Double crossers are being double crossed, think of the movie Heist.There are also dozens of characters, characters we never get to know.We get a quick back story on Quaid and know he 'took a bullet' for thepresident sometime ago and now he's back and that Whitaker has a familyback in the States, but other then that we never get to know any ofthese characters or any explanation for their actions. Then again, thatis the point of this movie. So it's safe to say the whole point of thismovie is also its weakness.

    That weakness is because of the script. There are many times when youhave to throw logic out the window here, just to buy some of the thingsthat happen. While the car chase scene is quite thrilling it wouldnever ever happen. For one the streets are way to narrow and populatedfor these cars to be swerving in and out of. Also one of the vehiclestakes a beating, yet keeps on ticking. It takes a giant truck tofinally put it to rest. The subplots don't add anything to the filmeither. One character is doing things because the bad guys have hisbrother hostage. This subplot could have easily been taken out of thestory and nothing would have changed. All you need to do is make theone guy simply be a bad guy instead of trying to save his brother andthe same tasks can be taken out.

    Vantage Point is not a bad film. Like Jumper I tried to like it, butthere are just too many things about it that hurt it. It tries it'shardest to come off as a smart action thriller, but it's faults are toomuch to be forgiven. Enjoyment can be had, if you're willing to nottake anything it shows you to be based on a certain reality.

  5. Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    One crime, multiple vantage points. Sounds cool right? Yes. But"Vantage Point" never really pulls it off quite how it sets itself upto. The result is a cool action flick with some clever storytellingthat sort of fizzles in the end.

    In "Vantage Point," the President of the United States (William Hurt)arrives in Salamanca, Spain to give a speech on global terrorismefforts and ties with Spain to improve them. He gets shot and then abomb goes off killing many people. We get this story through the eyesof a variety of characters and by the end of the film know exactly whathappened.

    The cast is a solid mix of familiar and old faces. Dennis Quaid, ForestWhitaker, William Hurt, Matthew Fox (of LOST fame) and even SigorneyWeaver give this film the star power it requires. The terrorists areentirely new faces, which is no real surprise.

    As the film first presents the vantage point concept, the first thirtyor forty-five minutes develop a redundancy. You do get many newperspectives, but seeing the same events happen over and over again andthe cheesy rewind sequences to establish a change in POV really gets abit boring. Sometimes you're not really seeing something new, just thesame old thing in a new way that doesn't really bring more insight intothe plot. Sometime it does and it really helps the film, but mostlyit's not the vantage points, but cutting the story off at pivotalmoments and clues into the mystery so that when they're revealed inanother perspective you can get excited. It's just good storytelling,nothing unique.

    The film really loses its appeal, however, with the "finalperspective." In fact, it's not really anyone's perspective. Thewriters sort of realized that adding five more perspectives to revealthe full mystery (which is what it would have taken) would reallybother viewers and get absurdly repetitive, so they combined them allinto a final twenty minute action sequence that is like any othernormal action movie.

    Was deviating from the concept in order to please viewers and keep thefilm short the best course of action? For this film, yes. Sticking tothe concept would have made it bad considering the complexity of theplot. But even the ending can also be seen about 15 minutes prior towhen it happens, so it's not really all that great. This film wouldhave been better, however, if it could both stay true to the structuralconcept and please the viewer, which means first-time writer Barry Levystretched his idea just a bit too far. ~Steven C

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  6. agkato from Manila, Philippines
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    Some reviewers make it out to almost be a B-movie, but it isn't, not bya long shot.

    The story revolves around the assassination of the US president who isattending a counter-terrorism summit in Spain. The film is told frommultiple viewpoints and the events that transpire within a 23-minutetime frame, thus a Groundhog Day-like experience.

    Vantage Point is really just an action film . . . pure and simple. Whenseeing this film, don't expect a complex and deep storyline; itcertainly isn't that. The proper approach is to just take it for whatit is. I liked this film because it had no pretensions. It didn't wantto pretend that it needs to be over-analyzed by the viewer. There areno lengthy sub-plots and behind-the-back conspiracy pieces, no need toexplain who is fighting for what cause. And if you approach with thisframe of mind, then I assure you, you won't get bored or disappointed.

    It's a movie that doesn't need to be analyzed ad nauseam. It doesn'tcare about needing to tie up lose ends and explain all thecircumstances surrounding the assassination. Approach it from *that*"vantage point" and you'll appreciate it more.

  7. liberalgems from Baltimore, Maryland
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    Vantage Point is a camp delight! By the film's end I was waiting forour shaky-handed, Secret Service hero to rip-off his shirt to expose abig Superman letter "S" on his chest! Terrorists who blithely slaughterinnocent people left and right will throw everything out the windowover a single child! You know a bomb has just been planted but you keepstanding around talking. A bomb goes off right under your nose withloads of people lying dead and wounded but our various heroes barelyhave a scratch except for their tattered clothes! The Secret Service istotally inept except for one guy with shaky hands! I think you get thepicture! But the best scene is one of the last. Its when the Presidentsnaps awake at just the right moment, after just being drugged, andkloncks the bad guy over the heads with a piece of metal all becausethe villains conveniently failed to strap him down properly! But justmoments earlier taking out a score of Secret Service agents was a walkin the park!

    I did find the 'Groundhog Day' technique of repeating the same dayover, and over again, but from different perspectives, to be a veryinteresting approach to story telling. Too bad it was wasted on such aunbelievably ridiculous story! It's as if Hollywood's main concern issatisfying it's teenage market segment over all others. I'm not ateenager and I go to the movies virtually every week! What about theadult segment of your market? Don't we count for anything?

    This film is trying terribly hard to be a frantic 'French Connection'type movie without worrying much about the story. If all you want isdumbed-down, murder and mayhem, a sort of terrorist war-porn flick,then Vantage Point is for you! But if a decent story is an importantingredient in your recipe for time well spent, then I humbly suggestrenting something that has stood the test of time, like the FrenchConnection, instead!

  8. Naor Lipa from Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    I was lucky enough to watch it during an event of a company I work for.I really enjoyed this movie, because of it's editing, wonderful actorsand full packed action.

    The movie tells the same story from 8 different persepectives, most ofthem from a character view, makes the puzzle clear till the end. Somepuzzle parts can be guessed but this makes the movie so fun to watch.

    Matthew fox acting could be better, but the others are convincing.Cheers to Ayelet Zorer, an Israeli actress who surprises again with herbeauty and acting.

    If you like thriller, action and car chases all in same movie then thismovie is for you.

  9. DaveDiggler from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    The start of "Vantage Point" was so good that it actually got my hopesup as I thought I was going to be in for a good action thriller. It'stoo bad that after the assassination of the President (William Hurt)shown through the scope of a CNN type cable News broadcast (GNN-instead of a "C" it has a "G." Get it? CNN? GNN?) the story is prettymuch over, so they add some action scenes and car chases becausethey're all out of ideas. Sigourney Weaver is very good in this fiveminute opening scene that throws us directly into the fire without anyset up once so ever. It's just… BAM!! Even though we know what'scoming- which is routine throughout the film- it's still a veryeffective start. Then, we get the same thing played back to us over andover again from a large quantity of people's perspective. Instead ofbecoming interesting it becomes boring and trivial. It's no longereffective. We've seen it all and we become increasingly more impatient.Even though everything is always not what it seems, and everyone isalways looking at same thing and seeing something different we knowwhere the film is going, but it drags in getting there.

    The trailer gives away one of the huge plot twists in the film (I thinkthere was supposed to be another, but that could also be seen from amile away. Think- Rogue. Cliché? You bet.). The President used a doubleand it was he who was shot. Did the double die? We'll never know. Ithink the writer or director of the film forgot because of so manyflashbacks. What does it want to do? They know they want to show theassassination of the President through the eyes of many, but as theplot expands to such wide extremes it just becomes muddled in its ownfecal matter. Eventually the film is no longer about perspective, butabout car chases and shootouts. This is where the plot holes comeroaring in one after another and the overly done clichés continue.Dennis Quaid gives one of the worst acting performances of thismillennium along with the guy from "Lost," who has such a big secret,both he and the writer can't wait to tell you. They hint at it longenough to actually make you wonder if they're stupid enough to gothrough with it, so you may doubt what they're going to do, becauseit's set up so poorly. You think they're trying to trick you, but trustyour instincts. Expect terrible clichés and you'll know exactly wherethe film is headed.

    The dialogue was horrendous. The coincidences were through the roof.The predictability starts in the trailer. I was laughing at it,literally, laughing at its terrible execution. There was no substanceto this once so ever. It's like they got to a point were they were donewith all the flashbacks and said, "Let's have a 10 minute car chase anda bunch of shootouts." I loved when the guy from "Lost" turns aroundafter he's carrying the President off the stage and looks at Quaid andsays "find that shooter!"

    It's just so laughable. The car chase is terrible. For some inexplicitreason a little girl that Forest Whitaker takes a fond liking to isrunning through a highway- that for some odd reason isn't closed offduring or after such an incredible event. An ambulance truck driven byterrorists are flying down the highway at her as she stands in themiddle of the road screaming for about 30 seconds. It was like "AustinPowers" where they make fun of movies where they have morons standingin the road screaming for a long time instead of steeping back off theroad and avoiding the oncoming car. As the little girl stands therescreaming, coincidentally, the driver is preoccupied and not looking atthe road (Yes, that cliché). When he turns around, he sees the girl inthe street so he flips the truck instead of killing another innocentlife. For some reason he tries to avoid her. This guy is responsiblefor killing a lot of people, but now he quickly grows a heart. ThenForest does something that is completely shocking. Not!!!! Just anothercliché that has been done before. There's just nothing here to getexcited about. It starts off good then continually get's worse andworse and by the end you'll find yourself watching some of the worstscenes in film history.

    "The beauty of American arrogance is that they can't imagine a worldwhere they're not a step ahead."

    Interestingly enough this quote came out of this film and interestinglyenough the filmmakers add to that "arrogance" of always being a step ahead. Look who lives and look who dies when some of the people whodon't look like they're going to live end up living. More Pro-American,Anti-Anyone else clichés.

    "Vantage Point" is one of the most ridiculous films you're ever goingto come across. Especially, when you're watching Dennis Quaid turn intoSuperman as he brushes off bullets, or when he jumps out of a car thatwas T-Boned into a building with him getting crushed in between the carand an 18 wheeler that weighs about 10 tons. He simply jumps out of thecar, unscathed, and brushes off his shoulders. That's not a joke.That's actually what he does. This was more effective as a comedy andwhat made it so funny was that the filmmakers took it so seriously.This film is a joke. Another stinker for 2008 for Forest Whitaker toadd to the heap of crap after his great performance in "The Last Kingof Scotland," which seems decades ago. Now he looks like a belowaverage actor, which he might be.

  10. alex-2668 from Duped, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:07 pm

    How do we begin?The President is shot, Secret Service agents chase downa "shooter", unconnected characters intersect in increasinglymeaningless ways. Oh and did I mention the GROUNDHOG DAY-esqe timerewind? Audible audience laughter is not what you expect to hear in athriller. When a film with such a reasonable premise is butchered andultimately ends up dying an ignoble death, my first question was wherewas the strong hand of the director? Or the screenwriter? This filmstinks of heavy handed hacking after test audience screening. It musthurt to lose control of your film.

    I was teased by what appears on paper to be a stellar cast-WilliamHurt, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker, Hollywood'sfavourite LOST boy-Matthew Fox. I can only hint at the angrydisappointment I felt after the credits rolled. All of these actorshave performed admirably in similar roles–here they are groundless,and the prestige they could have brought to the film is squandered.

    Sigourney Weaver brings some pathos, only to be cast aside when herstory plot is terminated. Dennis Quaid tries his best as the SecretService agent trying to quell his demons, but he's not Clint Eastwood,and this is not IN THE LINE OF FIRE. William Hurt can be Presidentialin his sleep, give him some depth please. Matthew Fox has no reasonspeaking bad Spanish when his co-pilot is speaking perfect English,Forest Whitaker does his best mumbly, stumbly, heavy faced bit, but hispart in the story is simply meaningless, I'm happy he gets to reconcilewith his wife and son, but please people, The President has been shot,blown up, kidnapped, drugged and tossed around an ambulance in amulti-car pile up….so is it ESSENTIAL to waste a final shot on Foresttalking on a cell phone to his unseen son??…Someone must have someminutes to use up.

    Ultimately VANTAGE POINT is half the film it could have been, it lackssufficient character motivation or back story, the characters arecaricatures, the script is diluted to the point of meaningless andwhile it sports a great climatic car chase, the final scene is asimplausible as they come—–a highly trained band of ruthlessconspirators, toting the latest in high tech gadgetry, killingco-conspirators as they see fit, assisted by an inside man,successfully pull off TWO intricate operations and on the road togetting away scot-free, only to be undone because an irrelevantcharacter JAYWALKS!

    Come on, we are smarter than that and as film makers you should besmart enough to know that.

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