Jamie Foxx played a convincing President, and was an overall joy to watch in the role. Channing Tatum was equally entertaining. Heís no Gerard Butler to be sure, but his fight scenes and stunts were all kinds of bad ass. His main nemesis Stenz (loved him LAWLESS) was the only villain I enjoyed other than tattoo. Now I love James Woods, and despite trying his best to give off a solid Ed Harris/THE ROCK vibe, I just wasnít buying it. And as for the hacker dude, what a wasted effort there. I wonít get into what happens to his character, but trust me, itís quite possibly one of the dumbest things that could happen to a smart guy.
WHITE HOUSE DOWN is popcorn action with a heavy dose of suspension of disbelief. As with OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, I find it hard to believe that breaking into the White House is so damn easy a feat. I loved the ode to INDEPENDENCE DAY (Roland Emmerich sure loves to blow up the White House), and all the action scenes were stellar. I especially enjoyed the car chase with the limo. I had a bit of an issue with the news showing the Caleís daughterís transmission on live TV, knowing she was still in there and that it would put her in danger, but I donít know enough about the news to properly judge that call. Small nitpicking aside, this was a cool action flick mixed with enough funny moments to keep a smile on your face. I prefer OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN for its tighter storyline and grittier tone, but this oneís still worth a watch.
White House Down Featurettes: Though this hour of features (13 of them) is separated, they feel like one big assortment broken up to make it look like thereís loads of features on this Blu-Ray. Sadly, this isnít the case. The only good stuff is the stuff about the action pieces and sets, but for the most part these things are small five minutes bits that go nowhere and cover barely anything. I hate when they do this.
Previews: Thereís a bunch of trailers as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.