There’s no harm in paying homage to an undisputed cinematic classic that changed storytelling forever, and it did so in 2008 vantage point is far from the worst attempt at dealing with that Rashomon Method that first gained prominence in the 1950 classic by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, but it’s perhaps one of the most disappointing.
The technique involves retelling the same core plot point with a number of characters from multiple perspectives to try to create an air of mystery as to where the truth really lies. Solid in practice and brimming with timeless potential, it is the feature-length directorial debut of Dredd‘s Pete Travis was severely lacking when it came to gripping drama, political intrigue, and even entertainment value.
The crux of the story is countless eyewitnesses trying to decipher, uncover, and even cover their tracks regarding an attempt on the US President’s life while, ironically, the White House man attended a summit aimed at it to gather further support the war on terror. vantage point was a substantial hit, having grossed $152 million at the box office on a budget of $40 million, to be fair, but the absolutely loaded cast really should have taken the material a lot higher than they did.
Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, Édgar Ramírez and Zoe Saldaña are just a handful of names who darted in and out of the pivotal incident in between, but the response from critics and viewers was much more overwhelming than that it should be.
That said, big names and recognizable faces are a proven draw for streaming, so it’s not really surprising to discover that vantage point made waves again on Netflix. According to FlixPatrol, the long-forgotten Sleeper hit has been snaking its way up the global watch list all week and even has a shot at making the global top 20.
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