White House Down
Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when it is overtaken by a paramilitary group.
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Patriotic thriller is ridiculous, violent, and entertaining.
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Fresh: The essential climate of the movie - the climate of hysteria, dysfunction and mendacity, backed up by an enduring, essentially optimistic and arguably idiotic culture of popular patriotism ... feels strikingly authentic to our historical moment.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rotten: White House Down is the kind of celebration of rampant mayhem in which everyone seems to have a rocket launcher -- or at least a live hand grenade -- at the ready, just in case they need to dispatch a scrum of exceptionally vile and cruel villains.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rotten: Essentially a louder, sillier version of Die Hard, with John Cale standing in for John McClane, a precocious daughter standing in for the plucky wife, and, alas, no one even much trying to stand in for Alan Rickman's deliciously wicked Hans Gruber.
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, June 28, 2013
Foxx and Tatum's chemistry is solid and there are couple of well-staged set pieces, but ''White House Down'' suffers from its length, bland characters and poor script.
- fb100001050230219, Saturday, July 6, 2013
First thing's first: This movie is much better than the other 2013 action movie with the same plot, "Olympus has Fallen". "White House Dawn" is a campy film that (surprisingly for a Roland Emmerich movie) knows exactly what it is. Yes, there are moments of complete lunacy that eschews logic and reality, there is some painfully cliched dialogue, and it is entirely too long. Still, hot on the heels of "World War Z", this goofy romp is another example of a summer blockbuster that successfully does what it sets out to do. Especially impressive is the cast. With this movie, Channing Tatum cements his acting versatility, showing off the comedic timing he put to perfect use in "21 Jump Street", while also coming across as a believable (albeit conveniently trained) person with genuine emotions. Jamie Foxx was an inspired choice as President, and James Wood and Richard Jenkins are also slamdunk choices.
- fb791220692, Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I remember a long time ago when "Deep Impact" came out in the Spring, and "Armageddon" came out in the Summer. Both were disaster movies, and everyone thought "Armageddon" would be better since it came out in the Summer. While both were good movies, "Impact" was the better of the 2(at least I thought that at the time, not sure how they hold up after so long). "White House Down" came out in the same year that "Olympus Has Fallen" and both have the same plot. The White House gets attacked and a lone man is left to save the President and stop the bad guys. Here, Channing Tatum is that lone man name Cale, and Jamie Foxx is the President. The biggest difference between the two is Cale's daughter is trapped in the White House, and he is protecting the President, not trying to get to him and save him. "Fallen" is a lot better, and honestly, if I hadn't watched that recently I may have felt better about this. This isn't a real bad movie, it's just very generic and "been there, done that". There are some big issues in the plot, and Foxx really didn't work for me as the President. Tatum was fine and did his thing, but I dunno what it is, but I just didn't buy into Foxx. The effects are decent, and the fight scenes aren't really anything special. Overall, I left with the feeling that this was just another action movie that will eventually fall into the 5 dollar bins at Wal-Mart and only be seen on cable on Saturday afternoons. Is it worth a watch? Sure. But, it's not something I'll probably ever make time to revisit. One of those flicks you just shrug your shoulders at and say "eh, it was ok".
- fb100000145236770, Friday, July 5, 2013