Vantage Point


Rating: 3

This was a very intense movie. There weren't a whole lot of moral lesson take-a-ways in this, other than seeing Dennis Quaid's determination to fulfill his duties and keep the POTUS out of harm's way. The movie depicted the abductors/assassins with a good amount of human emotions, they weren't your unbelievably ruthless villains. This "humanity" is shown in one of the last scenes of the movie when one of the abductor's is being pursued in a stolen ambulance and swerves to avoid hitting a little girl in the middle of the street. The girl was not a part of the plan and they tried to prevent any damage outside of their original plan. You could also say that this was an unbelievable act of kindness and that with all the killing going on earlier in the movie it should have been in the abductor's nature to run over the girl, but having the girl's life spared (as well as the President's) gave the movie a bit of a redeeming factor, though I still wouldn't give it more than a 3 with all the bloodshed and lack of a strong moral message.

Some other elements of morality I noticed in the film:
  • One villain chooses not to shoot one of the abducted in cold blood (yet she's willing to blow-up lots of people).
  • Another character is "forced" to commit multiple murders in order to keep his brother alive. This love of family could be construed as moral, but it is nothing of the sort. You might as well say the mafia is a loving organization or the Gadianton Robbers are moral because they all vow their lives to protecting eachother, with no moral regard given to what must be done to keep such a promise.

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