View from the Top Down

by robbiefreeling
February 25, 2008 7:38 AM
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At the beginning of Vantage Point—and, due to its nonlinear narrative structure, also at several points throughout it—President William Ashton (William Hurt) is poised to take the podium to announce a landmark anti-terror initiative, the culmination of a global summit in Salamanca, Spain. Here is America rebuilding its image in the world, slowly, one diplomatic gesture at a time. No hints are given in the film as to what this international agreement might consist of, but there is a general tone of progress in the plaza, despite the large, vocal crowd of equally unspecific anti-American protestors. President Ashton’s admirable policies, however, are all for naught. He is shot and killed, and a well-organized group of terrorists follow up the assassination with the detonation of two bombs nearby.

Vantage Point, written by Barry L. Levy and directed by Pete Travis, resets its clock six times, returning each time to noon—same day, same place—offering another person’s perspective of the assassination and subsequent blasts, each time revealing a new dimension of what really happened. I didn’t expect conceptual rigor, but Vantage Point eventually seems to lose interest in its own narrative strategy. Click here to read Benjamin Mercer's review of Vantage Point.

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  • eshman | February 26, 2008 11:23 AMReply

    I see the same Safari-based weirdness myself. Must be a way for indieWIRE to correct.

  • AB | February 26, 2008 5:51 AMReply

    It's cool... and not a terribly big deal. Just thought I'd mention.

    Thanks for all the great work/writing with the blog and RS site!

  • robbiefreeling | February 25, 2008 9:57 AMReply

    Hmmm...thanks for the heads up, AB. I've certainly never noticed it, but I do predominantly view and work on Firefox Mozilla. This has happened on various other sites I work on, and it is usually browser triggered. I'll pass the note along to our hosts at indiewire.

  • AB | February 25, 2008 9:46 AMReply

    I keep meaning to mention this, but your blog posts often have a bunch of junk characters in the text when viewed in Safari on a Mac. Maybe due to weird character set issues with Safari? It's only some of the posts, perhaps in which text is being cut and pasted from another source...

    The page looks fine when viewed on a Mac with another browser, like Firefox or Camino.

    Anybody else using Safari have this problem, or is it just me?