Action Makes a Good Point

Political thriller doesn't have all the answers, but it sure has action
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 2:20 PM CST

(Newser) – It may lack depth, but critics admit that Vantage Point packs a lot of excitement. The thriller, which begins by showing the same assassination from eight different perspectives, "fails the 'reality test' but maintains a certain intensity for its entire running length," writes James Berardinelli of "It's entertaining in the same way that an episode of 24 is entertaining."

Ryan Stewart agrees in Premiere. "It's a perfectly serviceable thriller with high production values and some better-than-average car chases," he says. As for the acting, it's "almost beside the point in a film fueled so much by adrenaline," writes Lawrence Toppman of the Charlotte Observer. However, as a Secret Service agent on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Dennis Quaid "makes a compelling hero," he says.