Vantage Point (Sony, 2.22), a possibly well-crafted Rashomon-type thriller, opens in ten days with a shot at some decent business. Monday’s tracking has it at 59, 38 and 7, but that should bump up. But I’m not hearing about any screenings from anyone (not even an all-media screening) so…you tell me. I called Sony publicity this morning to ask what’s up. I’ll tell you what’s up. “Silencio” is what’s up.
The trailer has an intense, mad-camera jolt quality but there seems to be something…I don’t know, facile and tricky-feeling about it. Something about the sell seems to say “paycheck.” I’d like to feel differently and just go with this thing and have a good time, but Sony is sending out signals that would give anyone pause. The stars are Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver.
Update: As several regional screenings are being reported here, I presume the Sony folks are just being their usual lovable selves as far as Los Angeles viewings are concerned.