White House Down
Capitol police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) as a member of the Secret Service. Not wanting to disappoint his young daughter with the bad news, Cale takes her on a tour of the White House. While he and his daughter are there, a heavily armed paramilitary group attacks and seizes control. As the nation's government dissolves in chaos, only Cale can save his daughter, the president and the country.
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Runtime: 2 hr 11 min
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If you like the Die Hard recipe where everything that possibly can go wrong does go wrong and it's up to one man to save everyone, then this is your flick! If not, then don't waste your time. It is absurd thinking about whether things could ever happen the way they do in this film, because there is a serious lack of realism presented here. Though there are several plot holes and acting is average at best, there are some great one liners and plenty of action. It was certainly worth a $1 redbox rental to me. It won't play with heart strings or even deliver much meaning to your life, but it will entertain you if you like action flicks.
Parent's note: there is a lot of violence! Several people get shot on screen, necks are broken, and many people are threatened at gun point. There is one very noticeable use of the 'F Bomb' as well. Safe in my opinion for 14+.November 7th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
This movie was surprisingly entertaining. My guts kept telling me that this movie was not going to be that great, but in reality I really enjoyed watching it. It definitely is a little too long for an action movie, but overall I think it's a good movie to put on your friday night movie list.January 21st, 2014 · Details
his is an entertaining popcorn muncher that is a cross between Air Force One and Die Hard. The first thirty minutes or so sail by in fairly tame fashion, but after that the action ratchets up and doesn‚Äôt stop. Yes, you will need to put up with some cheese and corn and over the top illogical ridiculousness
There are plenty of swear words to mute here, including around 25 S words, an F word, and about 25 religious exclamations. So, yes, ClearPlay comes in handy, but the critical dialogue is still easy to follow. There are a lot of bullets flying and some fist fights. Most of it is bloodless, but there are some skips here and there when it gets brutal... See Full ReviewNovember 10th, 2013 · Details
White House Down was a movie of a semi-realistic reality. To make it more realistic the president would have had to die (you can't be fired at so much and still live).
In the end everything worked out. The movie didn't have any slow points to bore you.July 12th, 2013 · Details
This movie was OK. It has it's moments of funny, it's clean, but... I hate when the main character runs across a room, gets shot at 100 times, and someone doesn't get hit. It's pretty predictable what happens.
Red Box worthy.July 9th, 2013 · Details
The White House is under attack‚Ä¶.again. If you saw ‚ÄúOlympus Has Fallen‚Äù a few months ago, then you‚Äôve ‚Äúbeen there, done that‚Äù minus the wonder that is Morgan Freeman. (My kids swear he‚Äôs in every movie they‚Äôve ever seen.)
Isn‚Äôt it weird when similar movies are released around the same time? Remember last summer‚Äôs ‚ÄúSnow White and the Huntsman‚Äù and ‚ÄúMirror, Mirror‚Äù? Granted, they were completely different movies, but I guess it‚Äôs a matter of studios spying on each other for movie themes and wanting to ‚Äúone-up‚Äù each other. Like ‚ÄúOlympus Has Fallen‚Äù, ‚ÄúWhite House Down‚Äù has received mixed reviews.
Including a funny reference to the blockbuster ‚ÄúIndependence Day‚Äù this action thriller was directed by Roland Emmerich who also directed ‚ÄúIndependence Day‚Äù, ‚Äú2012‚Äù and ‚ÄúThe Day After Tomorrow.‚Äù He obviously loves disasters and making messes, although this is the first time that the chaos is confined to one specific location. Written by James Vanderbilt, who also wrote ‚ÄúThe Amazing Spider-Man‚Äù, this Sony release doesn‚Äôt hit as hard or as funny as you might like, but is still enjoyable for those who love explosions and lots and lots of gun fire. Lots.
Of course, if all you care about is watching sexy actor-turned-action hero, Channing Tatum, then you‚Äôre good to go. Tatum plays John Cale, an ex-soldier underdog who visits the White House in hopes of securing a job with the Secret Service. Jamie Foxx plays President Sawyer, an Obama-esque leader who drops the only F-bomb in the flick. Touting a left-wing agenda of anti-military, President Sawyer is ironically saved by the troops.
I noticed that the summer popcorn movie scored fairly average on Rotten Tomatoes with many viewers citing the ‚Äúcheese factor‚Äù, as well as comparisons to the one-man-against-all-the-bad guys style of all the ‚ÄúDie Hard‚Äù films. Tatum even wears the classic dirty ‚Äúwife-beater‚Äù t-shirt styled by Bruce Willis in the franchise films. The ‚ÄúDie Hard‚Äù formula has been a hit with many movie-goers for years, and this one will be too. Unfortunately, it has some clich√©s that make it a bit tired, such as the disgruntled teen who calls her father by his first name until she sees what a true hero he really is, bad guys who have superior fire power, yet can‚Äôt seem to ever hit their target, and characters who walk away from a grenade that explodes only inches away from them.
It‚Äôs still a lot of fun and reminds us that family is most important. Interestingly, both the evil mastermind and the hero fight for family in ‚ÄúWhite House Down.‚Äù Take a tub of buttery popcorn and your teenage boys.
Amid the mayhem, "White House Down" gets a little preachy, slipping in talk about peace in the Middle East, the impact of war on combatants, and the political power wielded by military contractors and arms manufacturers. But these issues, important as they are, take a back seat to unabashed patriotism and the portrayal of heroic sacrifice for neighbor, family, and country... See Full Review
In Olympus Has Fallen, you worry that what's happening on screen could - with minor adjustments - take place in real life. There's none of that fear with White House Down. It's just a big budget, goofy action film with a few fun action sequences but not much else to make it worth recommending... See Full Review
From the earnest but earnestly funny president in jeopardy (Jamie Foxx) who doesn't like bad guys yanking on his sneakers (‚ÄúTake your hands OFF my Jordans!‚Äù) to the eye-rolling image of a child having a ‚ÄúLes Miz‚Äù big-flag-on-the-barricades moment, ‚ÄúWhite House Down‚Äù is a corker, real competition for ‚ÄúFast & Furious 6‚Ä≥ as the dumbest fun you‚Äôll have at the movies this summer... See Full Review
Saw this movie as a prescreening last night, and I don't think this is worth a full-price movie ticket. Might be worth a dollar theater or a Redbox rental. The movie had plenty of action (lots of guns and missiles) and I was surprised at the comic relief throughout. A lot of people compared it to Olympus Has Fallen -- I've never seen that movie, but they said this one wasn't as good at that one, but it was funnier. Not a ton of swearing compared to a lot of action movies -- there is one f-bomb though. Overall, I would give it a C grade.June 14th, 2013 · Details