Witnessing the same event from different points of view is at least as old as Akira Kurosawa's 1950 Rashomon. But it's a concept that gets beaten into the ground in Vantage Point, an overly gimmicky and fatally repetitive terrorist thriller that quickly wears out its welcome.
Think of it as Rashomon for the video age, as audiences get to watch the same political assassination from what seems like a hundred different vantage points (the actual number is closer to a half-dozen) around the Spanish piazza where the shooting takes place. Each time, we're told a little bit more of the story ... and each time, one's patience with the labored narrative grows thinner and thinner.
Vantage Point (Columbia Pictures) Starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, William Hurt. Directed by Pete Travis. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and brief strong language. Time 90 minutes.