White House Down

White House Down

(2013)

It will start like any other day.

Channing Tatum is a wannabe Secret Service agent tasked with saving Commander-in-Chief Jamie Foxx after a paramilitary takeover of the White House in this presidential action thriller from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day).... More

Policeman John Cale (Tatum) is on a tour of the White House with his daughter Emily, trying to impress her with a Secret Service job interview, when an attack on the building commences. Separated from his girl, Cale takes up arms against the mercenary forces and runs into the President of the United States (Foxx) - who proves a pretty good partner in taking out the bad guys.Hide

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With its Die Hard-in-the-White-House premise already taken out in a pre-emptive strike by Olympus Has Fallen earlier this year, White House Down suddenly had to do more than just rely on its high concept. That’s something it almost sorta does, thanks in part to director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) - who’s never met an outlandish blockbuster idea he and a billion people didn’t like - but mostly due to a cast that does much of the heavy lifting.... More

Like Bruce Willis before him, Channing Tatum brings a now-familiar Hollywood persona to the white-singleted, baddie-killing role (called John Cale for goodness’ sake, the film hardly going to great lengths to distinguish him from Willis’ John McClane). Cale’s stock-in-trade is goofiness rather than McClane’s world-weariness, though they share damn near every other characteristic from muttering monologues to past marital discord.

Cale’s relationship with President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx), forged as they evade gun-toting White House invaders, has its nice moments if never managing to hit the buddy-cop levels of laughs or mate-ship I was hoping for. Elsewhere, amidst the familiar plan-within-a-plan story that unfolds, Emmerich peppers the screen with solid casting choices – James Woods, Jason Clarke, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Richard Jenkins who all wisely resist the urge to ham things up and add more to the film than a typical batch of supporting players.

Don’t expect anything approaching heavy drama or realism though, or gritty action for that matter, White House Down’s fight scenes merely serviceable (playing it safe with the ratings board) as are its thrills and levels of tension. Thankfully when Emmerich goes for laughs the film doesn’t stray into piss-take, and combined with the aforementioned performances the result is a safe, pleasantly entertaining mainstream flick.Hide


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BY Brendan3 superstar

I enjoyed this more than Olympus has Fallen.
This film is on a bigger scale with more outdoor action and its silly fun.


BY HighFlyer wannabe

If you want an action packed movie then this is one to see. Lots of killings and explosions, and I have to say, not sure if it was intentional but I found it very funny. The US "president" the Secret Service, and other government heads all looked like a bunch of idiots. Someone once said to me the reason there are so many secret service men looking after the president is because, somone will get it right, and in this movie its exactly the case. I only wish someone had shot Emily as she was... More waving the flag, i would have given it an extra star.Hide


BY Rhys-Rushton superstar

If you haver seen Olympus Has fallen you have prety much seen Whitehouse down (WHD). The premis of the movies is pretty much the same.

As an action moive it was OK but it was unfortunate that the production of the movie coincided and competed with the production of WHD which was under production at the same time.

Not a bad action movie but lost points for originality. I'm saying the same thing for WHD.

A disappointing 2/5.


If you have seen the trailer and expect this to be just another "American Movie" then yes - it sort of is, but its better than average, with plenty of drama, suspense and action ! The acting is believeable throughout and although predictable, the film has its moments and share of special effects. Worth going to see and i'd give it 3.5 to 4


BY Aidan1 superstar

Very action packed movie and very intense and I was a big fan of Godzilla & The Day After Tomorrow Roland Emmerich other films. I do understand why this movie bombed at the box office because it's seems to remind people about Independence Day but it was still a good film and I liked the chemistry between Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx the were so funny. 3 stars


The Press Reviews

49% of critics recommend.
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  • As demented and entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared. Full Review

  • Never more than a sliver away from gleeful self-parody. It’s pure patriotic kitsch, the cinematic equivalent of a black-velvet painting of a bald eagle clutching an American flag in its talons as it soars majestically over Mount Rushmore. Full Review

  • Cheap, shoddy, dull, instantly forgettable—this is the America, and American cinema, we know all too well. Full Review

  • Itself owing much to such lone-man-of-action hallmarks as “Die Hard” and “Speed,” this welcome throwback to an earlier, more generously entertaining era of summer blockbusters delivers a wide array of close-quarters combat and large-scale destruction. Full Review

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