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Vanishing Point

3.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Viggo Mortensen stars as Jimmy Kowalski, a Desert Storm veteran with racing in his blood, dark secrets in his past, a pregnant wife at home, and a vintage 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger to deliver. But when his wife is suddenly hospitalized, a desperate Kowalski speeds cross-country with police from four states, a vengeful trooper [Steve Railsback of HELTER SKELTER and ED GEIN], and the FBI in hot pursuit. Now with the help of an outspoken radio DJ [Jason Priestley], the man a nation hails as ‘the last American hero’ and the Feds label a ‘possible terrorist’ rockets toward a final roadblock where the speed limit is the floorboard, and life, death and freedom all come together at the VANISHING POINT. Christine Elise [ER], Keith David [ARMAGEDDON] and Peta Wilson [LA FEMME NIKITA] co-star in this explosive Fox-TV remake of the legendary cult classic that fans call ‘the ultimate car chase movie’!

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Christine Elise, Steve Railsback, Rodney A. Grant, Peter Murnik
  • Directors: Charles Robert Carner
  • Writers: Charles Robert Carner, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Malcolm Hart
  • Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, Bob Lemchen, Melanie Bell, Tarquin Gotch
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00076ONUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vanishing Point" on IMDb

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They totally took out the whole core of what made the original movie tick. Barry Newman's Kowalski is an anti-hero of the first order- an ex-hero-cop who left the force because of all the dirty doings going on. He pops pills to stay awake to make his car deliveries. And he gets to be an icon of "rebellion against the man", even though he had no intention of doing so. In this movie, Viggo Mortenson's a family man just making car deliveries. His wife is pregnant and almost due, but he wants to make one last big delivery- of a super white Challenger. Course his wife has complications, and he's in a race to get back home to the hospital. He attracts the attention of local law enforcement due to his wild driving and speeding, and for some reason they decide to make an example of him. At one point one of the officers says, 'why don't we just let him go home, see his wife, and pick him up in a week?'. The same thought runs through the viewers mind, oh, right after the law finds out WHY he's off and running! And WORSE, they give this movie a happy ending!

The only redeeming feature is the car shots- especially the supercar shoot-out between the Challenger and a Charger. Which is why I gave it two stars

But this remake has cut all the soul out of the original movie. In the first movie, there's a touch of mysticism (there's a scene where Kowalski drives past himself in a car he just delivered going in the oppostite direction). There's a feeling of hopelessness in Kowalski that explains the ending better. And nobody will ever consider the remake to be a cult classic like the original is.

Ladies will enjoy all the shots of Viggo in this movie, I'm sure. And if Kowalski had been played by Jessica Alba I probably would've been kinder in my review. But as it stands, it's a pale imitation of the original.
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how can you take the best drive-in movie ever made and turn out this WEAK AND POINTLESS remake that robs the story of all the best parts.maybe it was because they gave to much of his background or maybe it's because they give him a good reason for the chase(wife about to have a baby). in the original he starts the whole thing over a $10.00 bet and nothing more(that we know), so with some of the mystery gone most of the tension is gone also. really a miss step by all involved
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Yeah, you guessed it... Another movie that makes you wonder if the writers in the movie industry have the worst case of writers block known to man. It seems that at least seven out of ten movies that have come out in the last ten years are poor remakes of classic movies that should have been left alone. It's bad enough that they can't write anything original, but then they go and massacre good movies someone else made... The only things this movie has in common with the original Vanishing Point are the desert, the Dodge, and the chase scenes. And that makes it a spinoff of the original, not a remake of it. Viggo Mortonsen is an excellent actor, but this is a C grade movie at best. The even ruined the scene with the lady biker...
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I like this better than the original 1970s version. It is more positive. The original was well done but the only real a little nihilistic. The only real value was defiance of the constraints of our society. This new version seems to have some more positive values in the back story about his family and love life. The ending is also not as fatalistic. Still plenty of MOPAR.
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OK its not 5 stars for most folks but it is for me and most car nuts. In truth it's closer to 4 stars. Regardless of ratings, this is a killer classic freedom of the American open road. Man vs machine vs the police, what more do you need. Girls? Yes it has a girl in it. even a mini bike scene the make me wonder if Dumb and Dumber ripped this film off in part. It's even got a DJ helping him out. I'm telling to much here, you need to check this film out! Yes young people awesome car movies actually existed long before Fast and Furious. You missing out if you don't watch them. While I at it I might suggest that you view the original Fast and Furious.. Yes there is an original one, nothing against Fast and Furious, I'm a fan but they did rip of the name. Getting back to this film, check this film out, there's more than a man and his car going on here to enjoy. Vanishing point is a legendary film that will last forever! .
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It does NOT say that this is a remake of the original movie, and I am very disappointed with it. It is a totally different story that has been plagiarized and edited. When I ordered it, I thought I would receive the original movie ! I do NOT recommend this movie.
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I absolutely adore this movie, having caught it on late-late-late night television a while back. Fortunately, I had the foresight to tape it because I have watched it at least ten times since. I am so thrilled that they are finally releasing it on DVD! This Vanishing Point is a "remake" of the 1971 feature film by the same name. It stars Viggo Mortensen in the lead role and Jason Priestly as "the Voice". I have never seen the original Vanishing Point but I understand that quite a few plot points have been changed in this made-for-TV version. Viggo Mortensen plays (excellently, of course!) Kowalski, a former Army Ranger/race car driver living in Idaho with his pregnant wife. He takes a job transporting a (gorgeous) Dodge Challenger across the country to earn enough money to pay for his wife to have her baby in the hospital. Unfortunately, his wife falls ill and Kowalksi must race against time to be by her side. Of course, the police and federal government are hot on his heels. This movie was made shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing and its views on the government may be a little surprising for a post-9/11 viewing audience. Some of the best parts of Vanishing Point come from the interactions Kowalski has with the various people he meets along his way. Guys, who may be bored with all the close-ups of Viggo Mortensen in a white t-shirt and tight blue jeans, will be pleasantly surprised to see Peta Wilson (of La Femme Nikita fame) speeding around on a motorcycle in a bikini midway through the film. See - there is something for everyone. I would highly recommend Vanishing Point as a fun, sweet, poignant, and interesting movie. Bonus: the swearing is almost non-existent and there is only one scene with a couple (a married couple) in bed and even then they are both covered up. My eleven-year-old niece can enjoy this movie with me, which makes it even more special. Buy it!
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