Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ramblings: Vantage Point was Awesome!

No vlog yesterday as i wasn't near my fancy shmancy new webcam. I was instead visiting my family in another town over.
while i was there my dad said they were going to the movies and if i wanted to join.

So after approx. 1 beer im like "Sure, whats on". I dont usually like going to movies, but if my rambo experience taught me anything is that i can be pleasantly surprised when it comes to New Age Theater. So after skimming through all 4 movies that are playing, we all agreed on this alien title "Vantage Point".

Just... wow.

Where do i begin? It used me absolute FAVORITE storytelling mechanic: Multiple POV. the story starts off and plays through around 30min-an hour of the persons viewpoint, and then rewinds the whole thing back to the beginning of the incident, and plays through again through a different pair of eyes. Rinse and repeat.
Ive ALWAYS enjoyed the whole "crossing paths" feeling. Take for instance coop games where your not glued to eachothers hip the whole time, doing your own objectives, and eventually jsut crossing paths or noticing your partner in the distance doing stuff.

I cant really say much without spoiling the whole film, but it was frantic, action packed, twist filled, and very VERY satisfying.

All i have left to say is: Agent Thomas Barnes, your a badass.

Also: http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/vantagepoint?q=Vantage%20point
I can only assume these critics of this day and age either:
- Smoke alot of crack
- like to cut their wrists for the rush
- are backalley hobos looking for shock value in their writings
- Smoke alot of crack
- Are humorless, bored with life, and want nothing more than to bash something while only looking at it like its a piece of paper, turned on its side.
- Smoke alot of crack.

Im getting pretty sick of these critics. The Games Journalists and Reviewers are almost as bad lately, but the movie critics just take the cake.

Oh and the Metacritic userbase is apparently retarded too.
"it seems as if director Pete Traivs was doing nothing but presenting a stunning visual of action, chasing, violence, and fast-pace. It looked like he was trying to copy a Bourne movie or something because while he thought their was a really engaging story in the capture of the audience, the audience remains either confused or dulled out."
Dany C. 0/100

his review was longer but i was laughing so hard at his comments i just had to stop.
First of all, what BALLS do you have to give a production that isn't Veggie Tales or another Land Before Time, a 0? In fact, not even thsoe deserve 0's. alot of hard work goes into these movies, and alot of people pour alot of heart and soul into the productions as well.
Secondly: "presenting a stunning visual of action, chasing, violence, and fast-pace" sorry, he ends it there 'and fast-pace" what? Action? This was supposed to be a Suspense/Thriller or at least thats what it was categorized as, and i agree its more of an action/thriller than anything, but the suspense is there. At the end of each vantage point, it opens even more questions, and ties everything up at the end.
Oh speaking of which:

"What you won’t be able to ignore is the ridiculous way Vantage Point’s brings everything to an end. "
FILM THREAT ~Pete Vonder Haar, 30/100

Well at least he didn't give it a zero. Though this guy was so completely dumbfounded at the end for some reason. I guess he got lost and didn't have enough breadcrumbs to get home, even though he just witnessed the same movie 8 times. "the rediculous way it brings everything to an end"? it was an exciting and fulfilling end. I wont spoil anything here, but let me just tell you: as crazy as it was: IT WAS FLAT OUT FUN!
Sometimes people, movies dont have to make sense, even though they can be based on real life scenarios.

im almost done here but theres just one more:
"There were average citizens working with high priority agents seemingly knowing how to do things, survive car collisions, handling guns, chasing suspects, and helping investigations."
Dany C, 0/100 (back to this hack of a fuck-wit)
im sorry... what? Civilians seemingly knowing how to do things? are you absolutely bat-shit fucking stupid? So im a civilian, does that mean i wouldn't know first aid? would you not help your fellow man after a BOMB, or would you just run away and feel sorry for yourself like the talentless misanthrope you apparently describe yourself as? Working with high priority agents? Well sure! But onyl when the agents went up to them, liek the dude with the camera that Agent barnes saw who was looking at the window and got it on FILM. OF COURSE HE'D FUCKING ASK HIM ABOUT IT! ITS EVIDENCE! Also to bring your dumbass opinion to a close: Civ's weren't handling guns, partaking in car chases or anything that you said. Are you sure you were reviewing the correct movie? The only ones DOING anything in this entire film, aside from volunteer assistance to medical aid, are government agents, terrorists, and marines. So of course they'd know how to do this crap.

Ill say it again, Thomas Barnes, your a badass.

This just in, Retarded metacritic reviewers, are retarded. Want further proof:

Case and Point. Or however that saying goes.

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