Mitch Albom’s book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, has given me the perspective that all lives are connected and that every action intertwines and affects one another. This book has also opened my eyes to the fact that one story differs from every person’s point of view. This was exactly the premise worked upon by Vantage Point.
Vantage Point’s primary events take the world’s attention: an anti-terrorism summit in Salamanca, Spain participated by the United States president, Henry Ashton (William Hurt). Before the President gives his speech, he is shot twice by an unseen assassin. After a few moments, two bomb blasts occur, the first of which is somewhere in the distance, while the second goes off in the summit itself! It is in this plot that the characters and other events revolve around. The delivery style is far different from typical terrorist movies. The film presents six points of view (six persons), all happening within 23 minutes before the bomb blast, which gradually reveal the story to the ultimate climax. A single persepective of a certain character is presented, and then rewinded 23 minutes back to present another perspective.