Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
A plot already explored in a film earlier in the year, White House Down takes place over one day where there is a domestic terrorist attack on the White House.
Underdog and struggling father John Cale (Channing Tatum), who works on the protective detail of The Speaker, takes an interview with the Secret-Service where he is predictably told that he is not an eligible candidate (behavioural and intelligence issues – go figure). Again predictably, he ends up protecting and saving the President of the United States (Jamie Foxx as President Sawyer) through the attack, and gets the job he originally interviewed for. What a completely new, groundbreaking and original ending.
This film is nothing new to what’s been done before, perhaps with the exception that it is almost completely moronic. Foxx is completely unbelievable and ill-suited to the role as one of the political worlds most prominent figures, guaranteed he does have a few amusing quips (“Get your hands off my Jordans!”), it is definitely not screenwriter James Vanderbilt’s best work.
The action sequences were over-the-top (a basketball court responsible for damaging a whole car? Come on!), the acting cringe-worthy in best parts (was that supposed to be an Irish accent Jason Clarke?) and the only likeable twist was that (SPOILERS) The Speaker of the House was actually responsible for the attack all along (though it became glaringly obvious around the middle of the film).
In fact, this film is so over-the-top that it’s bordering on complete lunacy, a parody of itself.
White House Down is a popcorn movie pure and simple. Though, due to it humorous quips and the good looks of it’s leading man, it will inevitably rank highly on most peoples guilty pleasure lists this year.
Entertainment that’ll make you cringe.
Here’s the White House Down trailer cute scene of Father and Daughter visiting the White House for a job interview, followed by an action sequence of shit getting blown up and funny one-liners between Tatum and Foxx.
If you go see this movie expecting a deep and meaningful action movie worthy of an oscar, then you’re an idiot. What you go to see this movie for is a fun time with your mates, to eat shitloads of popcorn and see ridiculously overly exaggerated stunts (there’s one where they’re having a car chase around the front lawn of the White House while the army watches…LOL really?). And you know what, for that purpose, this movie fits the bill!
In all seriousness however, the Director- Roland Emmerich- is known for action/ drama/ thriller flicks such as Independence Day (1996) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – two films I thoroughly enjoyed and have a special place in my heart with other flicks such as Twister and Volcano, the kind of films that you watch just to see shit get blown up, and involve impossible and unrealistic things such as people running faster that millions of tonnes of rushing water or stopping an onslaught of lava with water and road blocks and getting away JUST IN TIME from that humongous explosion.
No, Tatum isn’t a very good actor and its hard to imagine him in anything other than romcoms now, and no Foxx doesn’t make for a very realistic president and yes I’m disappointed that he went from his oscar-winning performance in Ray to this (WHY FOXX, WHY?) but here are some reasons you should watch it:
When you’re home sick when you’re home sick you have to watch ridiculous, stupid, and embarrassing movies
When you’re in the mood for a movie that don’t involve much thinking, and we all feel like that sometimes.
To see the car chase on the front lawn of the white house involving bazookas. It’s hilariously stupid.
There are some funny one-liners reminiscent of Will Smith in Independence Day
Watch when you’re sick at home and have nothing else to watch.