Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director: Roland Emmerich
Runtime: 2 hours, 11 minutes
Action | Drama | Thriller | 2013
Generally, a movie keeps me focused by keeping the action non-stop and serving up really intense scenes. White House Down does that, but the entire time I was comparing it to Olympus Has Fallen, which in all honestly was way better than White House Down. Let me tell you why.
First of all, White House Down is over 2 hours long and it felt like it was over 2 hours long. The cat and mouse chase of the president (played by Jamie Foxx) and Cale (Channing Tatum) with the bad guys was like never ending. They even were able to get out of the white house in an armored car and still couldn’t get away. Second, the bad guys just weren’t as believable as the ones in Olympus Has Fallen. This time, they were just troubled Americans who wanted to see the President and the United States go down in flames. Third, which is the reason that truly separates this film from the other, is that there were actual civilian hostages. Last, Cale was at the White House because he wanted to be hired on to the Secret Service, but was denied. It’s a good twist, but still just not as great as an ex-secret service person like Gerard Butler.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I was fully intrigued by this film and it definitely entertained me. But I just can’t say that I loved it. Tons of explosions and fighting. Jamie Foxx as president was a little strange, but it worked and also brought a little bit of comedy to the screen.
Joey King played Cale’s daughter and civilian hostage. Her role helped the movie along I thought, as she posted videos of the bad guys, started tension with the bad guys, and kept her father going.
All in all, it was an exciting movie to watch, just not an excellent one. I’m still going with a “liked it” through. Funny thing, this film and Olympus Has Fallen came out in the same year according to IMDB. I’m thinking I’ll be watching Olympus Has Fallen during Christmas break. It is one of my favorite movies! (3.5/5).
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