By now, everyone and their mother has seen the previews for Vantage Point, the new political thriller starring Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, Matthew Fox, Sigourney Weaver and Forest Whitaker. The cast is huge, the explosions are excessive and the action guaranteed… so why am I hesitant?
First, realize that I am looking forward to seeing Vantage Point. The trailers are exciting and well done, at least in terms of establishing what could be a smart, edgy story filled with lots of action. There are assassination attempts, kidnappings, car chases, shoot outs and more. At the same, you get the sense that there is going to be a more methodical approach to the delivery; the entire movie isn’t going to rely on action. That’s a good thing.
- The movie trailer shows way too much. Why are studios willing to give away so many plot twists in the previews? The previews for Vantage Point show so much that some people may assume (perhaps rightfully so) that they’ve seen all they need to see. Honestly, did we need to know that the President isn’t actually assassinated? Why not leave that twist for the film? Or that he’s kidnapped later on? Come on, what the f**k!
- The movie trailer has been really overplayed. Vantage Point was originally going to come to theaters in Fall 2007; and now it’s arriving at the end of February 2008. I’ve seen the previews so many times now that I’m actually quite sick of it.
- The release date begs the question of quality. Action films that come out this time of year often are lacking something.
Vantage Point will be entertaining, and I’m hoping it will be smart, too, but I’m going in with moderate expectations.