• Publication date: September 1, 2011

Fragments of Facts Leading to One Truth Vantage Point: Perception is Everything

U.S. President Henry Ashton (William Hurt) travels to Salamanca, Spain to show his support for a worldwide initiative against terrorism. Heads of state from dozens of nations are also present, all prepared to address the crowded town square. Before the president can begin his speech however, he is shot. Despite elaborate planning, the Secret Service is dumbfounded and rushes to find the assailant amongst thousands of attendees. Their hunt is immediately interrupted though when a bomb detonates near the stage�s podium, killing a news reporter. Amidst this chaos witnesses panic, and focus their attention on multiple locations, people, and events. There are many recollections of what occurred, but none of the reports corroborate.

U.S. President Henry Ashton (William Hurt) travels to Salamanca, Spain to show his support for a worldwide initiative against terrorism. Heads of state from dozens of nations are also present, all prepared to address the crowded town square. Before the president can begin his speech however, he is shot. Despite elaborate planning, the Secret Service is dumbfounded and rushes to find the assailant amongst thousands of attendees. Their hunt is immediately interrupted though when a bomb detonates near the stage�s podium, killing a news reporter. Amidst this chaos witnesses panic, and focus their attention on multiple locations, people, and events. There are many recollections of what occurred, but none of the reports corroborate.

One account is from Howard Lewis (Forest Whitaker), an American tourist attempting to escape family troubles back home. As disorder unfolds his camera continues to record. Authorities are ecstatic at first, though less enthused when they discover that Lewis� footage is largely irrelevant to the case.

Dennis Quaid portrays Thomas Barnes, a Secret Service agent who thwarted an earlier attempt to assassinate the president. Barnes was wounded in the process, leading some of his colleagues to question his mental stability; the Salamanca assignment is his first after a year of sick leave.

Enrique (Eduardo Noriega) is a plain clothes police officer assigned to protect the forum�s moderator, Salamanca�s Mayor De Soto (Jose Carlos Rodriguez). When Ashton is shot Enrique runs toward the stage to protect the mayor, only to be tackled by Barnes and his colleague; neither agent was aware that De Soto had his own security personnel. While the Secret Service gives Enrique a physical thrashing, his girlfriend Veronica abuses him emotionally by beginning an affair with another man.

Lastly there is the president and his attackers. Ashton�s revelations lead to an interesting twist, while his foes reveal the crime�s procedure, and viewers decide whether or not authorities can eventually connect the dots. Vantage Point was a commercial success, recuperating nearly four times its $40 million production budget.

Year: 2008

Duration: 90 minutes

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring:

Dennis Quaid

Matthew Fox

Forest Whitaker

Sa�d Taghmaoui

Eduardo Noriega

Ayelet Zurer

Richard T. Jones

Bruce McGill

Sigourney Weaver

William Hurt

Director: Pete Travis

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, action, some disturbing images, and brief explicit language.