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DVD review: Vantage Point

If the aim of an action thriller thrill·er  
n.
One that thrills, especially a sensational or suspenseful book, story, play, or movie.


thriller
Noun
 is to sustain its two component parts for as much of its running time as possible, then Vantage Point is a huge success. It lasts for a taut taut  
adj. taut·er, taut·est
1. Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.

2. Strained; tense: nerves taut with anxiety.

3.
a.
 89 minutes and barely a minute of that time isn't taking you into or out of an explosive moment. It achieves this by concentrating on a chaotic 20 minutes from noon, when a shooting and a bombing interrupt A signal that gets the attention of the CPU and is usually generated when I/O is required. For example, hardware interrupts are generated when a key is pressed or when the mouse is moved. Software interrupts are generated by a program requiring disk input or output.  a global summit on the war against terror in Salamanca, Spain. Of course, even action thrillers need more than that to make you care and Vantage Point doesn't really deliver - this is action that's more in the style of a video game and ends in an almighty brake-squealing car chase. It might well be the year's best, but if a car chase is the highlight of your film, there are some fundamental faults elsewhere.Vantage Point is directed by Pete Travis, who won a Bafta for Omagh. That was co-written by Paul Greengrass, who went on to find fame with the Bourne Bourne, town (1990 pop. 16,064), Barnstable co., SE Mass., crossed by Cape Cod Canal; settled 1627, inc. 1884. Bourne Bridge (1935), across the canal, made the town an entry point to Cape Cod and a resort and commercial center.  franchise and the unbelievably tense United 93, so you can see the thinking behind his employment here (and Travis has already appeared as himself in TV's Greatest Ever Screen Chases). But all the stereotypes United 93 so neatly sidestepped are present and correct here, from Dennis Quaid's troubled secret service man — he's taken a bullet for the pres before and wears a permanent frown to remind you of that — through Sigourney Weaver's cynical TV director to Forest Whitaker's camcorder-wielding accidental hero tourist. Travis' film concentrates so much on so little through the old, much-used Rashomon concept: one event replayed through the sensibilities sen·si·bil·i·ty  
n. pl. sen·si·bil·i·ties
1. The ability to feel or perceive.

2.
a. Keen intellectual perception: the sensibility of a painter to color.

b.
 of, in this case, five participants. Not a great film, then but for much of the running time it's a triumph of form over content, sweeping you along too fast to consider its lack of originality o·rig·i·nal·i·ty  
n. pl. o·rig·i·nal·i·ties
1. The quality of being original.

2. The capacity to act or think independently.

3. Something original.

Noun 1.
 and depth.
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