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Vantage Point (2008)

Action, Crime, Drama |.

Vantage Point is a American political action thriller film directed by Pete Travis and written by Barry L. Levy. The story focuses on an assassination attempt on the President of the United States, as seen from the various vantage points of different characters. Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver star in principal roles.

The film is often compared, unfavorably, to Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, which also employed storytelling through multiple perspectives. Rashomon used the multiple perspectives to question the possibility of truth, in a process called the Rashomon effect; in contrast, Vantage Point recounts a series of events which are re-enacted from several different perspectives and viewpoints to reveal a truthful account of what happened. Vantage Point also explores kidnapping, assassination and terrorism.

In Salamanca, Spain, an assassination attempt on U.S. President Henry Ashton unfolds from several different vantage points.

GNN producer Rex Brooks directs news coverage from a mobile television studio as the president arrives. The mayor of Salamanca introduces the president, who is shot twice as he reaches the podium, soon followed by an explosion outside the plaza. Moments later, a secondary explosion at the podium kills and injures numerous people.

Before the president takes the stage, Secret Service agent Thomas Barnes notices a curtain fluttering in an allegedly vacated building, and observes American tourist Howard Lewis filming the audience. After the president is shot, Barnes tackles a man named Enrique rushing to the podium. Following the second explosion, Barnes barges into the GNN studio to view their footage. He receives a call from Taylor, who reports he is pursuing the suspected assassin, then is startled by an image from GNN’s live feed.

Director: Pete Travis

Writer: Barry L. Levy

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, Bruce McGill, Edgar Ramírez, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ayelet Zurer

Cast:

Dennis QuaidThomas Barnes
Matthew FoxKent Taylor
Forest WhitakerHoward Lewis
Bruce McGillPhil McCullough
Edgar RamírezJavier (as Edgar Ramirez)
Saïd TaghmaouiSuarez
Ayelet ZurerVeronica
Zoe SaldanaAngie Jones (as Zoë Saldana)
Sigourney WeaverRex Brooks
William HurtPresident Ashton
James Le GrosTed Heinkin
Eduardo NoriegaEnrique
Richard T. JonesHolden
Holt McCallanyRon Matthews
Leonardo NamKevin Cross
Dolores HerediaMarie
Alicia JazizAnna (as Alicia Jaziz Zapien)
Justin SundquistParsons
Sean O’BryanCavic
José Carlos RodríguezMayor De Soto
Rodrigo CacheroLuis
Guillermo IvánFelipe (as Guillermo Ivan)
Xavier MassimiMiguel
Shelby FennerGrace Riggs
Ari BrickmanSecret Service Agent
Brian McGovernMark Reinhart
Lisa OwenAmerican Woman
Rocío VerdejoPaulina (as Rocio Verdejo)
Marisa RubioPolice Woman
Chris DurandSecret Service Agent
César Ámigo AguilarSecret Service Agent

Source: imdb, wikipedia

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