Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Synopsis: While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
Lets just start by saying that this film is absolutely NUTS! It is like Roland Emmerich and gang sat down and decided that they needed to make the biggest, dumbest, most outrageous and outlandish action movie they possibly could. And man did they achieve it!
I’m not a huge fan of dumb action movies (if you gave me a knife and a copy of Expendables and told me to choose, I would be dead) and even less of a fan if, like the counterpart to this film (why are similar films always released at the same time?) Olympus Has Fallen, they take themselves seriously why simultaneously being stupid. The reason why I liked this big dumb action film is because it’s tongue seemed to be firmly planted in it’s cheek. Hell, there was even a reference to Emmerich’s own Independence Day (another White House destroying big dumb action movie).
I think, if you DESPERATELY want to see the following scenarios on screen, then you should watch White House Down:
- Jamie Foxx as a ‘hip’ president
- James Woods being James Woods
- The president of the USA firing a rocket launcher on the lawn of the White House
- Channing Tatum dispatching of bad guys ten times every five minutes
- The White House being blown up (probably don’t admit that one on the internet though)
- Close shaves with priceless items, tour guides and helicopter blades.
I think even that small list gives you a good idea of what to expect from White House Down. It’s stupid in the most obvious way possible, but it is enjoyable purely because it’s not pompous. It is what it is.