8 angles

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German title 8 angles
Original title Vantage Point
Country of production United States
original language English , Spanish
Publishing year 2008
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 12
Director Pete Travis
script Barry Levy
production Neal H. Moritz
music Atli Örvarsson
camera Amir M. Mokri
cut Stuart Baird

8 Blickwinkel (original title: Vantage Point ) is a thriller from 2008 by director Pete Travis with Dennis Quaid in the lead role.


Thomas Barnes and Kent Taylor are two Secret Service -Agenten who commissioned the President of the United States Ashton during a counter-terrorism summit in Spain Salamanca , where he delivered a speech on the war on terror is to hold to to protect. When the President begins his speech in the Plaza Mayor , he is shot at. The film shows the attack from six different angles, each covering a period of 15 minutes before the attack and a few minutes after it. With each new perspective, the viewer receives new information about the attack and thus gradually gets on the trail of the riddle about the people behind it.

The first perspective is shown from the perspective of Rex Brooks, who in the TV broadcast van leads the transmit direction of the news channel GNN. After the Mayor of Salamanca has finished speaking, the President walks into the lectern and is shot twice. A few moments after the attack, an explosion can be heard in the distance. When the reporter Angie made a situation report in tears, another bomb exploded under the podium. The perspective ends when Angie lies in front of the camera, motionless and covered in blood.

The second perspective is that of Thomas Barnes. It is Barnes' first outing after being shot by an assassin about a year ago while trying to save President Ashton's life. That's why he's very nervous, and some of his colleagues think it's too early to go back to work. However, he is backed by Kent Taylor, who helped him to this mission. While the mayor is delivering his opening speech, Barnes notices a fluttering curtain of a room in the building that surrounds the square. However, since no person is likely to be there at this point, Barnes suspects an assassin. After a moment's hesitation, he orders that the room be checked. It turns out that the flutter was only caused by a fan.

Barnes sees a man in the crowd who is recording what is happening with his video camera. After the attack, another man ran onto the podium, but was stopped by Barnes. Barnes and Taylor watch the pictures of the man named Howard Lewis on the video camera. Barnes thinks he saw the assassin in a window. Howard also says he saw a shot from inside the building. Taylor wants to look for the perpetrator in the building, Barnes wants to come along. However, he is convinced by Taylor to stay on the field. Barnes sees something in the footage that suggests that there is a bomb under the podium. The moment he approaches the podium, it explodes. After waking up, he sees a GNN cameraman and walks to the broadcaster's outside broadcast van to see their video recordings. While examining the recordings with Rex Brooks, he calls Taylor, who tells him that he is in pursuit of the assassin and needs reinforcements. Barnes tries in vain to reach the operations center. His perspective ends when he casts a petrified, shocked look at the television images.

Now the third perspective follows from the point of view of Enrique, a local police officer who is supposed to protect the mayor. He (subconsciously) smuggles a bomb through the entrance control. After entering the square, he sees his girlfriend Veronica, who is talking to a strange man and arranging a meeting in an underpass. Enrique gives her the bag. Immediately after being shot, the President storms on stage to protect the Mayor, but is brought down by Barnes. When he is being held by the Secret Service agents, he sees Veronica throwing the bag under the dais. He realizes he smuggled a bomb in for her. After this has exploded, he runs to the underpass. There he meets someone whom he asks if he is surprised that he is still alive.

The fourth perspective is that of the American tourist Howard Lewis with the video camera. While waiting for the president's speech, he talks to a man named Sam and accidentally bumps into the little girl Anna. When he notices how nervously Barnes looks at a window, he films the facade of the building. After the president is shot, he and the two agents look at his recordings. Lewis and Barnes watch a woman throw a bag under the dais while everyone else panics flee. After the bomb explodes, he grabs Anna, who has been separated from her mother. He hands her over to a policewoman and follows Enrique. Lewis follows him to a pedestrian overpass where he sees Enrique being shot. Then he discovers Anna, who has run away from the policewoman to look for her mother. It stands on the edge of a busy street. When she sees her mother across the street, she starts to run across the street. Lewis sees an ambulance coming towards them and wants to run into the street to save Anna, which ends his perspective.

The fifth viewer sees the perspective of President Ashton, who is sitting in his hotel and watching his doppelganger's speech on television. Shortly before, the Secret Service decided not to let him on the square due to an acute attack warning and to use his doppelganger to speak. Shortly after the President and his guards saw with horror the double was shot, a bomb exploded right in the hotel lobby. It's the explosion that was previously only heard from afar. The president's point of view ends when a masked man enters the room, kills his guards, and points the gun at him.

The sixth and final perspective that follows is that of those who planned the attacks. The shots at the president's double turn out to be an elaborate ruse carried out by Sam alias Suarez with the help of a remote control. First he started the fan, then he fired the shots at the double with a remote-controlled rifle. Now the viewer sees why Barnes was so scared. He saw Agent Kent Taylor swapping his suit for a Spanish police uniform. He realizes that Taylor was trying to mislead him and that Taylor himself is one of the perpetrators of the attacks. Since he cannot reach the local operations center, which is located in the same hotel as the president, he informs the headquarters in Washington about the new situation. The person who initially spoke to Veronica is the terrorist Javier, who only works for the assassins because his brother is held hostage by Suarez. He is promised to get his brother back at the underpass. However, the brother is shot by Suarez beforehand. Javier breaks into the President's hotel after a porter suicide bombed the hotel as a distraction . Javier kills the operations center agents and the president's guards. Then he takes this hostage. He takes Ashton to an elevator in which Veronica is already waiting for him and Ashton is drugged. She and Suarez kidnap Ashton unnoticed in an ambulance. After the president is taken to the ambulance, Javier gets into a police car with Taylor. The two are pursued by Thomas Barnes.

When they get to the underpass, the two meet Enrique, and Javier shoots him. Javier is then shot by Barnes. Taylor tells him about his dead brother and shoots him. However, Taylor himself had a fatal car accident while trying to escape Barnes. At the same time, President Ashton wakes up in the ambulance and tries to free himself from his hostage-takers. Little Anna appears in front of the car, and the driver Suarez tries to avoid her. Lewis barely manages to save Anna and hands her to her mother across the street while the ambulance rolls over. Barnes runs to the ambulance, shoots Suarez and saves President Ashton.

The media later spread the news that a lone assassin shot the president but only slightly injured him. The perpetrator, in turn, was shot while trying to escape.


Plaza Mayor in Salamanca

Shooting began in June 2006. Shooting took place almost exclusively in Mexico , where the Plaza Mayor was also recreated. Few scenes were actually shot in Salamanca.

The script originally envisaged Madrid as the location. In the film, dialogues related to it are spoken. One agent talks about finding five people out of six million people. This corresponds roughly to the population of the greater Madrid area, is in relation to Salamanca with only around 150,000 inhabitants without any logic.

The companies Relativity Media (USA), Original Film (USA) and Art In Motion (Mexico) were involved in the production. Sony Pictures took over the distribution with Columbia Pictures .

Production costs were estimated at around $ 40 million. The film grossed around 151 million US dollars in cinemas around the world, of which around 72 million US dollars in the United States and around 6.3 million US dollars in Germany.

The first performance took place on February 13, 2008 in Salamanca. The cinema release in the USA was on February 22, 2008, in Germany on February 28 of the same year.

German dubbed version

The German dubbing was done at Interopa Film in Berlin . The dialogue book was written by Axel Malzacher , who also directed the dialogue.

actor German speaker role
Zoë Saldaña Tanja Geke Angie Jones
José Carlos Rodríguez Juan Carlos Hernandez Mayor De Soto
Sean O'Bryan Johannes Berenz Cavic
Eduardo Noriega Abelardo Decamilli Enrique
Shelby Fenner Susanne Geier Grace Riggs
Richard T. Jones Thomas Schmuckert Holden
Forest Whitaker Tobias Master Howard Lewis
Édgar Ramírez Sebastian Christoph Jacob Javier
Matthew Fox Peter Flechtner Kent Taylor
Leonardo Nam David Turba Kevin Cross
Dolores Heredia Iris Artajo Marie
Brian McGovern Oliver Siebeck Mark Reinhart
Bruce McGill Roland Hemmo Phil McCullough
William Hurt Wolfgang Condrus President Ashton
Sigourney Weaver Karin Buchholz Rex Brooks
Get McCallany Matti Klemm Ron Matthews
Said Taghmaoui Mehmet Yilmaz Suarez
James LeGros Axel Malzacher Ted Heinkin
Dennis Quaid Thomas Danneberg Thomas Barnes
Ayelet Zurer Carolina Vera Squella Veronica


  • Sebastian Handke wrote in the Tagesspiegel : “A concept like this rarely leads to a good film. A gripping cinema experience would definitely have been included: In its first half, 8 Blickwinkel is an interesting thriller with contemporary action choreography and some delightful surprises. Then the principle is softened and the film gets completely off track. The camera jumps from one figure to the next; the plot - driven by hair-raising coincidences - becomes implausible to the point of ridiculousness. 8 Blickwinkel fails when trying to unleash dynamism because it is not strict enough with its own rules. One idea is not enough. You also have to make a story out of the idea. "
  • Jürg Zbinden wrote in the NZZ : “The film uncompromisingly takes up real existing fears, but it does not put them up for discussion. In the end, Vantage Point is unfortunately nothing more than an inflated television format, the characters are interchangeable. For example, Sigourney Weaver leaves the thriller without excuse and without further explanation, but the rather sedate-looking Forest Whitaker runs after the trained sprinters like an Ethiopian marvel. Playing with the different perspectives develops its charm for a while, but then you take over and reel off the second forty-five minutes in a mixture of 24 and Bourne Identity at too high a pace. "


Taurus Awards 2009

  • Nomination in the category Best Work With A Vehicle
  • Nomination in the category Best Stunt Coordinator (Best Stunt Coordinator And / Or 2nd Unit Director)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for 8 angles . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , February 2008 (PDF; test number: 112 869 K).
  2. Age rating for 8 angles . Youth Media Commission .
  3. http://www.imdb.de/title/tt0443274/companycredits
  4. a b 8 viewing angles. In: synchronkartei.de. German synchronous index , accessed on September 14, 2014 .