The selling line for Vantage Point is a good one: Eight points of view. One truth. Unfortunately, the worst point of view from which to watch this story unfold is from inside the theatre.
Playing out like an ill-conceived episode of CSI-Miami, an impressive cast (Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver) act themselves stupid trying to keep us interested as we are shown the same sequence of events eight times from each character’s point of view.
When the US President is shot at a peace rally in Spain, secret service agent Quaid must unearth the conspiracy before it all goes to hell. Somehow, Quaid manages to appear not so protective over his boss as infatuated with him – his breathy repetitions of the words ‘Mr.President’ sounding more like the declaration of an adoring lover than is comfortable. Vantage Point imagines the US President as a force for peace in the war on terror, which is asking a lot. If only it returned the favour.
Vantage Point is out at cinemas countrywide on April 11.