Writer: Barry L Levy (Screenplay)
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Said Tahgmaoui, Zoe Saldana, Edgar Ramirez, Bruce McGill
Plot: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.
Tagline – If you think you’ve seen it all…Look Again
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Verdict: Relentless Action Packed Film
Story: Vantage Point starts in Salamanca, Spain where the world leaders are meeting for President Ashton (Hurt) anti-terrorist agreement which would bring nations from around the world together. Rex Brooks (Weaver) is controlling the media side of the story, with Angie Jones (Saldana) on the grounds.
President Ashton surrounded by secret service agents including Thomas Barnes (Quaid) who has saved the President in the past and flanked by Kent Taylor (Fox). When the President in shot a bomb is set off outside the plaza leave many dead including our reporter Angie.
We rewind to follow the events from Thomas’s perspective, his struggle to suit up and put his life on the line for the President. We continue to follow different vantage points we learn the bigger picture of the events of this day.
Thoughts on Vantage Point
Characters – Thomas Barnes is a secret service agent, he has saved the President before and his mindset has been questioned before, but he is excellent at his job, he must act quickly to learn the truth about who tried to assassinate the President. Kent Taylor is a fellow secret service agent, the one that supports Barnes’ return to duty, he goes in pursuit off the suspect doing his duty for the President. Howard Lewis is a tourist that is having a difficult personal life and was using this trip as a break from his family, he is filming the events becoming a crucial witness to the events. Rex Brooks is the television news director, controlling her reporter on the stage, the cameras in the arena, she has a history with trying to get Barnes to talk about his lifesaving moment in the past. President Ashton is about to agree on the biggest counter-terrorist agreement in world history, he will be making history at this event. We continue to follow other people too including the mysterious woman Veronica that becomes one of the prime suspects.
Performances – The performances here are good throughout the whole cast, not a single person truly becomes the main character of the film so, no one takes centre stage. Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt to name the biggest names are able to show how to make an impact with limited time.
Story – The story follows the panic which follows an attempted assassination attempt of the President, we follow the different viewpoints, we flashback to different points where each vantage point does take us to the next stage of the story, keeping us guessing on each moment of the events of the day. This story does show the pure panic that would follow an assassination attempt and bombs going of at such a public event. The real-time feeling gives us an extra dimension to this film which makes this a real edge of your seat story which keeps us guessing.
Action/Crime – The action comes thick and fast in this film, we have a car chase through the tight streets and plenty of foot pursuits the drive the movie as we are left to figure out who committed the crime.
Settings – The settings give us the opening feeling of hope for the world, this setting then shows us how perfect it would be for creating the chaos required for the terrorist actions.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the most underrated action films if you want something that doesn’t make you think to much but does keep you guessing this is one for you. It is a relentless film that doesn’t give you too much time to breath.
Overall: Action fans just go and watch this.
Writer: Daniel de la Vega, German Val, Nicanor Loreti (Screenplay)
Starring: Luis Machin, Raul Taibo, Viviana Saccone, Gerado Romano, Julieta Cardinali, Hugo Astar
Plot: Dante is a tailor who after losing his twin brother to death became phobic which prevents him from being in contact with death. Whenever he is in front of a dead body, he experiences a creepy feeling that makes him lose his mind.
Tagline – El horror tiene una nueva dimensión. [Horror has a new dimension]
Runtime: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
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Verdict: Slightly Too Confusing
Story: Necrophobia starts with tailor Dante (Machin) burying his brother at his funeral only to learn that his wife Beatriz (Cardinali) is having an affair from an anonymous phone call. Investigating the allegation Dante finds himself being followed in a cat-n-mouse style game which brings in police officer Soledad Roca (Saccone).
When Dante’s fear of being around dead bodies starts striking up when more turn on around him, he starts to go crazy believing he demise is coming soon after his wife is murdered.
Thoughts on Necrophobia
Characters – Dante has just buried his twin brother, but now he is left questioning himself as he starts to slip into the realm of crazy as he believes his brother has returned to kill his wife after spending too long around dead bodies which gives him the ultimate fear in his life. Nicolas is the good friend of Dante, the one that can see that not everything is normal with him, the one person that is there for him when he needs a friend. Soledad Roca is the police officer investigating the murder of Beatriz, she enters the life trying to figure out who the murderer is.
Performances – The film here is carried by Luis Machin performance he clearly feels unstable through the film which only makes his character more fascinating to watch. The rest of the cast are good, but don’t get their moments to shine like Luis.
Story – The story here follows one man drive into madness after the death of his brother, this does seem difficult to follow because it comes off very short and everything does feel like a crazy trip. It is a story you would like to analyse further in the future because I feel there is a lot to process, small details you might miss, but for a one time take you might feel lost at times.
Horror/Mystery – Certain moments of this film will make you look away when it comes to the horror and the whole feel is filled with unease which also comes into the mystery behind the film as to just what is happening.
Settings – The film uses a mix of settings, each one does feel like an everyday location for Dante, which shows where things will be going wrong for him too.
Special Effects – The effects being used in the film are good throughout when it comes to the horror moments.
Final Thoughts – This is an interesting film, it does keep you guessing and does go in a crazy filled direction which only helps and hinders the film because you will miss things.
Overall: One for the brain to study.
Writer: Justin Benson (Screenplay)
Starring: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Lew Temple, James Jordan, Tate Ellington
Plot: Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.
Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
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Verdict: Will Keep You Guessing
Story: The Endless starts when two brothers Justin (Benson) and Aaron (Moorhead) receive a video tape from the former cult the pair left years ago, Aaron interested in return to see if the group got their ascension and reluctantly Justin agrees to go along, first for a day, but soon it becomes longer as the two start experience strange events.
With the brother’s relationship being tested Justin finds himself being pushed our while Aaron wants to stay but are they really a cult or just a community living off the map, that is the big question.
Thoughts on The Endless
Characters – Justin is the older brother, he has always kept an eye over his younger brother and was the one that helped him escape the cult, he wants an honest living but reluctantly agrees to return with his brother. He doesn’t believe the peace and harmony in the cult and he is the one that watches over anything that could happen. Aaron is the younger brother who receives the tape about returning, he wants to learn more about his past in the cult, which he believes is a death cult. He is drawn back by Anna a woman that seems to not aged since they were last together. Anna is one of the cult members, the one leading the video messages, she helps draw the brothers back and clearly knows more than she is letting on. The rest of the members are different in their own ways as are the other people they meet along the way.
Performances – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead take the leading roles as well as the work behind the camera, they have great chemistry together and you will believe their uncertainty from their characters. the rest of the cast make their characters known through the film without taking the spotlight away from the leads.
Story – Where do you start with this story without giving anything away? Well let’s try this, we follow two brothers with a stretch relationship that return to a cult which escaping from has helped define their lives, they are drawn back in where they must learn whether they were right to leave, but once they discover the truth things take a drastic turn, one that you will never seen coming. This is a fantasy horror that will keep you guessing and you will not figure this one out like many others in the genre. The only negative in the story is returning to one of their previous films that I for one hadn’t seen, so didn’t understand the references or reasoning of including it.
Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi – The fantasy elements of this film are held back for the most part, but once we see them we learn the big picture which can leave you jaw dropped. The horror in the film has moments of tension and unease as we wait to see where everything will go, which dives us into the sci-fi element which again come later into the film and are used excellently.
Settings – The film is set in and around the community, we see how they live, operate and accept people, even people who left, they are away from society which keeps them secret and the surrounding area is filled with mystery too.
Special Effects – Th effects in this film show what you can achieve with small budgets, we see how well each moment in the final third of the film becomes bigger and bigger leading to the shocking ending through the use of the effects.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the horror, sci-fi films of the year, it will keep you guessing, has beautiful pacing that builds to the ending that will leave you shocked, great low budget work achieved from the directing pair and one you should all be watching.
Overall: Must watch fantasy horror.