White House Down

White House Down

White House Down

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).

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.

2013Rating: M, Action violence and coarse language131 minsUSA
ActionDramaThriller
Director:
Roland Emmerich ('2012', 'Anonymous', 'The Day After Tomorrow', 'Independence Day')
Writer:
James Vanderbilt
Cast:
Channing TatumJamie FoxxMaggie GyllenhaalJames WoodsRichard Jenkins

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White House Down / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

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.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Total Film

Total Film

Makes for an entertaining watch before succumbing to the same bombastic overkill.

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

As demented and entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Lincoln meets Sudden Death: a corny but raucous throwback to when Planet Hollywood was hip. Gary Busey popping out of a rose bush wouldn’t feel out of place.

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