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White House Down
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Nov 26, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Roland Emmerich

Actors:
Jamie Foxx
Channing Tatum
James Woods

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Detective John Caleís tour of the White House turns ugly when the building is compromised and his daughter becomes a hostage. With the President by his side, Cale must out-think, out-maneuver and out-gun his enemies if they hope to make it out alive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As one of this yearís terrible twos (two films released around the same time with the same premiseóthe other being OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN), it looked like a fun enough action vehicle, and it was. Now I stress the word Ďfuní because of its tone, which was vastly different from its counterpart. Sure, this is a flick about the White House getting taken with the intent of ruining more than just the Presidentís day, but despite the guns blazing, and various explosions that would make Michael Bay giggle like a school girl, I never felt worried for any of these characters. The mood was lighthearted and joke ridden, despite the array of cartoonish villains occupying the oval office (the tattooed redneck was my favorite). That said, it was still a good bit of fun.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Gag Reel: Six minutes of everyone laughingÖeven when shit isnít funny.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím not sure if it was this pairing between Foxx and Tatum that spawned the music video (I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum, but if so, thatís enough of a reason to hate this film just a little. That said, I enjoyed it for what it was, but again, its counterpart was the better of the two.
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12:03PM on 11/26/2013
It wasn't bad, but I also preferred Olympus Has Fallen. Both films were much better than I expected.
It wasn't bad, but I also preferred Olympus Has Fallen. Both films were much better than I expected.
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6:00AM on 11/26/2013
I honestly don't think this is as bad as many say it is and I was thoroughly entertained. Sure, it is all kinds of stupid, but very enjoyably so. This is a movie in which the presidential limousine drifts across the White House lawn, and I think that's something everyone's in the mood for at least once in a long while.
I honestly don't think this is as bad as many say it is and I was thoroughly entertained. Sure, it is all kinds of stupid, but very enjoyably so. This is a movie in which the presidential limousine drifts across the White House lawn, and I think that's something everyone's in the mood for at least once in a long while.
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