January 10, 2008, - 4:50 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
The most disingenuous movies are the ones where they trick you into thinking the Muslims/Arabs are the terrorists, and in the end, they’re the nice people, wrongly accused victims. Someone else “did it.”
I wonder if “Vantage Point” will be like that. From the trailer, posted below, it appears to be the case.
It’s one of the big spring 2008 movies that is getting a lot of promotion. As a movie critic, I go to a lot of screenings. Almost none come with previews. But, for some reason, we’ve gotten at least two previews for “Vantage Point.” That reason is that Sony Pictures is spending a lot to promote this movie, including a lot of banner ads atop the movie bible site, IMDB.
The movie stars the hot (from afar–I’ve met him as my friend Tom plays drums in his band, and I found him to be scrawny and manorexic) Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox as Secret Service Agents, protecting the President (William Hurt) during an assassination attempt in Spain. The President is there for a “landmark summit in the global war on terror.” No-one knows who did it, but there is film and eyewitness accounts from several different vantage points. The tagline for the movie is:
8 Strangers. 8 Points of View. 1 Truth.
You know what that usually means in this kind of film. People think the Muslim guy did it, but the “1 Truth” is otherwise. This trick has been played so many times since 9/11–as in “Flight Plan”–it’s nauseating.
The movie also stars Muslim Arab actor Said Taghmaoui as an alleged terrorist (who probably ends up being a “nice guy”). Taghmaoui also played Islamic terrorists in “Sleeper Cell” and other movies and a Palestinian in the awful, propagandistic “O Jerusalem.” So, you know where this movie is probaly going.
Oh, and the movie also stars has-been and queen of the pretentious Susan, er . . . “Sigourney” Weaver, who claimed American men have a “bizarre kinship” with Islamic extremists. Yep, sounds like this movie is her kinda flick.
So, judging from the trailer, what do you think? The movie comes out in late February, and I plan on reviewing it for you.
But I think my hunch on this one is correct.
Just remember: Who was behind the major terrorist attacks in Spain, recently? Not ETA, but Al-Qaeda.
Hollywood can keep purveying this “many points of view, 1 truth” BS, but we know what the real “1 truth” is.
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