With a Rashomon narrative style, the attempted assassination of the president is told from five different perspectives.

When a movie’s plot synopsis starts off with the words “With a Rashomon style narrative” my natural reaction is to pull and Anna Nicole and overdose on anything and everything at hand as a way of avoiding the impending cinematic pretension that is sure to follow. But one look at the trailer for Vantage Point will tell you that this movie is snobbery free. Instead, it looks like a taut, imaginative, accessible big budget thriller.

The cast is fantastic with Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver, and Forest Whitaker all on board and the trailer makes this look much cooler than you’d expect from the premise. It’s a tangled mess of mysteries, danger, and double-crosses and in a weak month like February, Vantage Point could be one of the year’s early surprises.

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