Finally got to rent Vantage Point and I can tell you that I wasn’t disappointed.
Strangely enough, whenever I see Dennis Quaid with a serious face, it reminds me of Harrison Ford. Crazy isn’t it. And in this, he’s got that serious face the entire time. The movie itself is very interesting since it begins with a television producer’s perspective while she’s directing the entire scene from the news command center. Amusing enough, the station is called GNN, probably a spoof off of CNN.
The secondary viewpoint is with a Secret Service agent’s perspective, then rewinds and plays another perspective but adds a little more time to it, and keeps doing that from different perspectives until you finally get most of the storyline. That’s when they throw you to the action and chase scenes.
While I’m not sure what sort of code names Secret Service now gives to designate the President, there were names like Eagle, and POTUS (President of the United States) thrown around by the secret agents. I assume that it actually changes for protection of the President in real life, but it was definitely interesting to see movie depictions of how they perform.
The movie itself shows that while things could ultimately go wrong sometimes, there’s always someone out there that is doing the right thing and helping “save the world”. One of those, be glad that there are people out there doing so, type of things. Thomas Barnes (Quaid) was one of those people. Strangely enough, during the entire film I wondered if Barnes actually had a family or not. This makes a big difference to heroes that put everything on the line since those that are willing to take more risks (aka. James Bond effect) usually do not have a family and thus no emotional ties.
Either way, the entire antiterrorism summit covered from different “vantage points” was a different style of movie and definitely kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Definitely recommended.