131 Min | Action – Drama – Thriller | September 2013
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
White House Down Review: Within a span of two months, two movies with same story line have hit the screens. This is something that doesn’t happen in Hollywood often. Evidently anyone would be in a mind set to compare White House Down with “OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN” (OHF). So the script seemed fresh. Time and again an US president has become a main character in a Roland Emmerich Movie (ID day, 2012 and now WHD). But it was unsettling to my eyes to see someone like Jamie Foxx as the US President who desperately needs external help (Tatum) to save him from his own house. What’s unsettling was the helpless look in his face, something which is hard to see in a man who went against all odds to save his wife in his last movie (Django Unchained).
Tatum begun the movie in a suit and started stripping one by one for each action sequence. To the disappointment of many feminine fans, he kept on to his vest till the end. Very little chance for Tatum to show his acting skills. He has the potential (The vow, Dear John) for acting. But, personally his build is too good for action movies (GI Joe Series). So, we won’t mind if he keeps acting in such roles. Traditionally Roland Emmerich brings in a End of the World concept in most of his movies (ID Day, 2012, Day after tomorrow). This time, the script indirectly touched that area, but no open reference to it. So, watch White House Down and find it for yourself.
Action Sequences are top notch. My personal favorite is the car chase around the fountains (Yes, the cars run through the White house gardens wreaking havoc to anything in its way). Also, you get to see most parts of White house. Patriotism takes the front seat when Tatum Jr. waves the American flag at the finale. Enjoy White House Down more than anyone else.