The movie starts off well and has an intriguing plot. It begins with the President of the United States visiting recently-bombed Spain to speak at an anti-terrorist summit.
At the summit the terrorists decide they will strike again and take out the President with two shots to the chest. After the assassination, mayhem ensues and a main character is followed to reveal what part he or she had in the assassination.
This process is repeated over and over again for the duration of the movie, a total of six times, or six vantage points. Vantage Point is a two-hour movie that takes place in the span of 23 minutes.
The need to repeat the same scene six different times from different vantage points is not original. It’s been 10 years since Run Lola Run and 16 years since Reservoir Dogs made this kind of storytelling cool. Those movies did it with style and originality. Vantage Point is a big-budget blockbuster that falls short at every turn.
Vantage Point is currently in theaters.