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Vantage Point (***)

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Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 10:00 pm

One would think that a film like "Vantage Point," which asks viewers to watch the same 15-minute action scene six times over from different perspectives, would represent a bit of a gamble on the filmmakers' part. However, given contemporary audiences' growing propensity for the familiar and utter contempt for anything fresh or challenging, it seems downright reasonable that we are now being sold a major motion picture that is not only derivative of other, better action flicks, but is indeed a facsimile of itself.

And given that its very premise opposes everything I look for in a quality action movie, I know that I should abhor the film. Yet, against my better judgment, I couldn't help but fall into its overly frenzied, completely ridiculous groove. Call it a very, very guilty pleasure.

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