February 21, 2008, - 2:56 pm

Good to Be Wrong – “Vantage Point”: FINALLY, a Movie with Accurate Terrorists – Muslims are Unsympathetic Terrorists in Great Dennis Quaid Flick

By Debbie Schlussel
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Mazel Tov [Congrats], America. Hollywood is finally giving us true terrorists who are unsympathetic. Hollywood is finally giving us good guys who are good and bad guys who are Islamic terrorists without an excuse or any redeeming value.
In “Vantage Point,” out Friday, the terrorists are Islamic, and they are evil, cold-blooded killers. I like (almost) any movie that stars the sexy and talented Dennis Quaid (except the two he did with global warming and counter-counter-terrorist agendas), but this movie has the complete package. Finally, Hollywood is giving us “truth-in-terrorism.” And it’s an exciting thriller.

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Boy was I ever wrong about “Vantage Point.” And boy am I glad I was. As readers will recall, I wrote on this site that the trailer for this movie made it look like this was, yet again, another movie in which Muslims were not actually the terrorists, but good and victimized people mistaken for terrorists–yet another movie in which the Westerners are the bad guys.
But it was the exact opposite. The President (William Hurt) and the U.S. Secret Service Agent (Quaid) who is the hero in this movie are, without reservation, the good guys. The terrorists are Muslim and they are the bad guys. There is nothing presented in this movie to justify the mass carnage they produce.
FINALLY.
While the presentation that the terrorists are Muslim is somewhat subtle (the hotel locker of a homicide bomber is opened to show us his wife in a hijab–CAIR will love that!) and we are told at the beginning that they are a Moroccan terrorist group, it’s quite obvious who they are. And the head terrorist is played by a real-life Arab Muslim.
The plot: The President is in Spain with world leaders at a counterterrorism summit. They are there to announce a new initiative against terrorism. The President’s veteran Secret Service agent (Dennis Quaid) who took two bullets for him and saved his life, is finally rehabilitated and returns to the President’s Protective Detail for the first time. He is a little unsure.
He sees what he thinks is a man in a window at the event where he is guarding the President. Suddenly, the President is shot. But who did it? That depends on your vantage point. We watch as Secret Service agents led by Quaid chase after suspects and watch video through exciting chases and action.
There are a lot of cool twists in this movie, which I can’t disclose because I don’t want to spoil it. But lets just say this, I wrote a column against the Arab Secret Service agent who caused problems on a plane just after 9/11. He’d been picked through Bush’s “Islam is Peace” affirmative action program to serve on his detail. I warned about that. That’s not what happens in this film. But after you see the movie, you will know what I’m talking about, and why it’s a concern.
At first, you will probably find “Vantage Point” annoying. We see the exact same several minutes played over and over several times from the vantage point of each of the characters. That part is like “Groundhog Day,” and it’s really annoying. People at the screening heard me ask, “Where’s Bill Murray?” and laughed. Yes, at first, this movie is slow and boring and seems repetitive. But it quickly picks up and turns into a great movie after all. Definitely worth seeing. I liked it a lot.
This is vintage Quaid. He is hot, sharp, and heroic in this flick–although there is a chase scene that is kind of unbelievable. And it’s hard to see anyone–let alone a guy in his fifties–withstand so many bombings and crashes and still walk away so easily.
But I like Quaid. He’s a great actor, and somewhat of a relative conservative in Hollywood. The native Texan told USA Today that he’s torn between voting for John McCain and Barack Hussein Obama (while most of Hollywood is solidly pro-Obama). And in 2003, in an appearance on “The View,” he defended Augusta National’s all-male membership against Martha Burk’s protests. I’ve met him (my friend Tom is the drummer for his band, “Dennis Quaid & The Sharks), and he’s a great singer, piano player, songwriter, avid golfer, and a nice guy (if a bit on the manorexically-thin side).
Definitely go see this heart-pounding thriller. It’s good. Here’s the trailer:

**** UPDATE: The one really inaccurate part of this movie is at the beginning, in which the producer of GNN (the CNN proxy in this movie) news coverage of the counterterrorism conference gets mad, when her reporter tries to insert leftist spin about those who hate America and why we deserve terrorist attacks. Like they ever get upset about that!–as we know, they encourage it. In this movie, the producer censors it out. Yeah, right.

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9 Responses

What? This is not muslim apologist propoganda? I can’t wait to see it.
Of course, it will probably get panned by critics, for not being “gray” enough. Thats why they loved Munich. I tell you, films are obsessed with “shades of gray” that it seems like evil doesnt exist in this world.
Well, Im glad its good, and hope it wont be the only exception from Hollywood.

d2eux on February 21, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Now when will hollywood take the next courageous step and film anti-homosexual pro-family and pro-military movies?
Is hollywood finally seeing the light?

American Sabrah on February 21, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Quaid’s best role was as Doc Holliday in “Wyatt Earp.”

undaunted on February 22, 2008 at 10:01 am

I don’t think you were ever wrong about your initial take on the movie. I went back to read what you had to say about it and there were enough caveats.
If there was, or is, any issue, it is one of presumption and drawing any conclusion before having seen the movie. Again, you really did not do that. Based on Hollywood’s track record you merely speculated. I get the fact that much is read into what is being produced as popular entertainment, though I prefer to wait and see. Yep, I prefer to see if it quacks before I calling it a duck.
Yes, much of what is produced has that thread of leftist bias subtley, or not so subtley, woven through it. Bottomline, I think the best way to deal with it is to always talk about it, exchange ideas, and that is what you do.

zyzzyg on February 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Debbie: Good film, and it actually does get it “straight” about who are the bad guys (albeit, as you noted, it’s very subtle). The only thing that truly grated on me (I thought, but did not say out loud, since my 15 year-old son was with me today: “No f____n’ way!”), was the scene near the end when, shall we say — so as not to spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie yet — the Islamonazi ringleader/kidnapper of POTUS, driving an ambulance, “swerves” to avoid a collision with somebody, when you know damn well he would not hesitate to keep right on going, were this reality. This sudden pang of conscience (which makes the ringleader almost likeable), was a total joke.
The film is a not-so-subtle, and probably fully intended, rip-off of Kurasawa’s “Rashomon,” but otherwise is a fun ride of a movie.

theendisnear on February 23, 2008 at 12:10 am

This movie should be required viewing for all employees of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and members of Congress. My wife and I saw the movie last night and the theater was full.
DHS is a national disgrace that was created to fight radical Islamic Jihad (terrorism. The Department is more concerned about rounding up migrant laborers than protecting us from terrorists. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the so called “investigative arm” of DHS is a joke. Check out their news releases. ICE is nothing more than the INS combined with a dumbed down Customs Office of Investigations. ICE totally ignores the mission it was created to perform as a result of 911.
http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/index.htm

ParaLyzer on February 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Hey, zyzzyg, VERY good point on the terrorist conscience thing. After I thought about it it seems extremely unlikely. That point in the movie really only served to have the hospital van crash and for the president to be found.

d2eux on February 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm

d2eux: It was actually “I” who posted that about the swerving ambulance, but thanks for the compliment. I gotta admit, after thinking more about this, that rather idiotic moment in the film kinda spoiled the rest of it for me (and you’re right — the whole purpose was to move the plot to the point that POTUS could be found, the bad guys can be killed, and the film can end). There is just no way in Hell that Sam/Sammy (the terrorist ringleader), after killing or being responsible for the deaths of scores of people, to get to the President and take him captive, would throw away everything he had worked for just to avoid the collision discussed in the previous post — it just would not happen! Splat!, and it’s on to the terrorist rendezvous, with not a trace of regret for wiping out ________ — won’t reveal any more, in case others haven’t seen the movie.
undaunted: Agree with you that Quaid was great as Doc Holliday in “Wyatt Earp.” The only problem was, Val Kilmer was even better (should have won the Oscar that year — for what that’s worth anymore) for his performance in the same role in “Tombstone.” Liked Quaid as well as Sam Houston in the recent “The Alamo,” though they should have cast somebody much larger (beefier?) in the role, as Houston was a giant of a man in real life (he would stand out even in today’s steroid-enhanced sports world), and Dennis is a fairly slight (physically, I mean) guy — speaking of Oscars, Billy Bob Thornton’s portrayl of David Crockett in that same film should have won him the statuette that year, just as Wes Studi should have won as Magwa in “Last of the Mohicans.” I could go on, but . . .

theendisnear on February 23, 2008 at 9:58 pm

It’s quite sickening the way you’re practically foaming with pleasure that terrorists are being portrayed as “bad” and “muslim”. Heck, the last big terrorist attack in the US (9/11) was by Saudis, a brutal dictatorship propped up by the US. History always eventually sides with “the terrorists”, from Jesus to Ghandi to Martin Luther to Luke Skywalker.

Trent on March 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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