January 10, 2008, - 4:50 pm

Yet Another Movie Where the Muslims Aren’t the “Real” Terrorists?

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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8 Responses

You’ve touched on it- everytime I’ve seen the trailer, I always thought ETA would be the guilty culprit. While Spain is experiencing a fair amount of illegal immigration from North Africa, the Basque extremists tend to get their fair share of coverage in Iberian papers.

Robert Crabtree on January 11, 2008 at 1:36 am

So the fact that Muslims killed more people in a day in Spain than the Basque in 10 years is, like, imaginary.

Pat on January 11, 2008 at 1:46 am

Decent trailer but it makes the president look like a con artist and may be guilty of something.
So when do we get to see the best/worst movies of 2007?:)

Norman Blitzer on January 11, 2008 at 4:19 am

This movie reminds me of something from a previous thread. Another poster- no passaround, or something like that- was in hysterics over the ETA and the IRA and a couple of other groups around the world. I’d be curious to hear from him just what kinds and how many attacks the ETA, say, has committed in dozens of other countries around the globe, on a near-daily basis.

Gary on January 11, 2008 at 10:04 am

Which is why this movie is going to bomb like most pan American,pro arab movies do.Obstensibly, CAIR is doing some string pulling or arm twisting with Hollywood which is how the T.V. show “24” wimped out at the last minute and portrayed german/russian Timothy Mc’Veigh types as white extremists behind the terror activities in the U.S.A. as suppose to using swarthy figures,particulary from the middle east which would have been more realistic in this day an age. We are way past the Cold War era but the movie directors are beyond cluless which is why I seldomly watch movies.

American Sabrah on January 11, 2008 at 10:12 am

I’ve seen this trailer. The whole premise seems to be moral equivalence (“vantage point”). Thanks for alerting us. As with so many movies you review negatively, it will bomb. I’m not sure if your reviews are just in tune with the viewing public, or if your bad review is a kiss of death.

sonomaca on January 11, 2008 at 11:00 am

I find it interesting that the trailers attempt to disguise the pro-Arab bias so as to lure in the audience. The producers already know they have a loser after the last 5 anti-American, proterrorist, proMuslim trash bombed. One question Hollywood’s compulsion to film these scripts. And some of the scripts were actually altered to turn Muslim villains into good guys.

Pat on January 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

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