Sunday, April 13, 2008

Vantage Point

There are spoilers! It takes too much craftiness to comment about this movie without spoiling...

If you saw "Ayutha Ezhuthu", you already have a flavor of the screenplay of this movie. Except, over here, there are eight POV's. It amazes me how might time goes into writing a screenplay like these. Each POV presents so many loose ends which must be accounted for in a different prespective the next time. It also is very pleasing to see MR thinking so much ahead of time!

Another interesting facet is that we don't have this luxury in real life. We only have our first person perspective and there is so much that we do not know. Each person is living in a different world, and the tagline for the movie is "One Truth" - wow! It is a mystical metaphor! :)

Within the second minute or so, the movie kicks off into high gear and stops only when the movie ends.

A few things that bothered me:

1) A clear shot at the president - I would assume the security checks would have covered that?

2) Remote assassination? Is that like the next genre of technology? Are we already there yet? Or is that like a fancy James Bond gadget?

3) Sigourney Weaver was totally wasted in this movie. I could not see any reason for using her in a character that probably did not require her presence. The only reasonable explanation could be that she was edited out.

4) There is no dearth for thrills or action, but there are no emotions. So at the end of the movie, you finally have a ringside view of everything, but the lack of subjectivity in the movie will be a sore point as it leaves nothing for the audience to relate to. Even at the end, for what Dennis Quaid went through, a shallow "Thank You" from the President seems totally off sync.

Overall, the movie is an admirable effort, but it doesn't pull it off completely. Case in point for a movie that did manage to pull something off like that: "The Bourne Ultimatum"!

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