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Vantage Point

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disappointing action flick centers on terrorism.

Movie PG-13 2008 90 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Think twice before letting your young kids watch this movie

Although I think this movie is okay, it's still definately not appropriate for kids under 13. It has excessive violence as well as strong language that young kids should not hear.

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What begins as a promising action thriller with the gripping real-time suspense of 24 and the fast-editing style of the last two Bourne films starts turning into an odd Groundhog Day gimmick. After a while, viewers will probably start laughing at the concept. Instead of changing the perspective seamlessly, Travis shows the scenes rewinding (ala a DVR being used to return to the beginning of an important sequence) over and over again. By the time Whitaker's tourist begins running around Salamanca like a deputized Secret Service Agent, the movie is officially annoying. But at least Whitaker's Spanish -- as a tourist! -- is better than Matthew Fox's and Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer's, both of whom are supposedly fluent or native speakers.

Travis is obviously a fan (and friend) of filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who wrote and produced a TV movie that Travis directed in 2006. But where Greengrass' documentary approach in movies like Bloody Sunday draws viewers into the action, Travis' attempt alienates audiences, who will tire of seeing the same 25 minutes and want to hit an invisible fast-forward button to get to the film's outcome.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 21, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: July 1, 2008
  • Cast: Dennis Quaid , Forest Whitaker , Matthew Fox
  • Director: Pete Travis
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of intense violence and action, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
  • Last updated: February 15, 2023

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