Seeing as how the narrative is told in different character’s perspectives, I thought it was ultimately its downfall toward the last third of the movie. If we’re supposed to see a scene in one character’s perspective, why are we then being shown another person’s perspective? And Forest Whitaker’s character I just wasn’t buying at all. Although he is the heart of the movie and his performance was good, his character caught EVERYTHING ON VIDEO! My God, the guy was right in the thick of it the whole time; his instinct and awareness in the movie was fucking otherworldly. He knew exactly where to follow the action the whole time, even after the assassination attempt.
Saying all that, I thought the writing and structure was very good though during watching, I felt as though we were supposed to care about certain characters in the movie. That’s all well and good but I think if that was the intention, it failed due to lack of time and background being spent on the character. And I can’t stand this thing in movies where you put a kid in danger in order to grab your emotions. It’s annoying, and this is coming from someone who hates kids. I find that when you resort to that, you cheapen the effect the scene is supposed to have. Also, in the end, we never get to find out the motivation the bad guys have for the attacks. If it’s just to show the world that the “big, powerful West” is vulnerable to an attack then I must say that it’s a big fucking copout.
Surveillance Tapes : A quick outtake of director Pete Travis firing some guns on set.
An Inside Perspective featurette: A really great, in-depth featurette that details the problems of shooting a film from different perspectives and doubling Mexico City for Spain. Not your standard ass kiss fest of actors and directors loving each other, we get to hear about character motivation from the actor’s point of view. Good stuff.
Plotting an Assassination featurette: Another great featurette with screenwriter Barry Levy and Pete Travis. This a great one due to the openness of Barry Levy discussing his thought process on how he created the story and Pete Travis translating what’s on page to film.
Coordinating Chaos featurette: Whoever did the featurettes on this DVD really did a good job. This one tackles all the technical stuff in the film. Since there’s a lot of action in the movie, the stunt crews had to work overtime on it.