WHITE HOUSE DOWN
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 5, 2013
As much as “White House Down” resembles “Olympus Has Fallen” from this year, they carry slight differences that make them both enjoyable. Tatum and Foxx have a much different chemistry than Butler and Eckhardt, plus Tatum has a much more enjoyable screen presence than Butler. However, having two films based around taking out the white house in one year is quite ill-advised and hurts this one for being far too familiar.
Channing Tatum has a gift for fitting these pseudo roles. He has the build to be a badass, the face to be a charmer, and the voice and execution to be comedic and slightly less masculine. These characteristics all work in favor of Roland Emmerich’s latest blast-em-up thriller. Searching for his daughter amid a war on the white house, Tatum’s John Cale comes across the President (Jamie Foxx) and goes on to help him through the war zone that has begotten at his residence. Leading the villains’ pack amongst some not-so-spoiler twists, Jason Clarke proves masterful in his role, becoming one of the only true chameleons in Hollywood today.
Although he never fails to wreak havoc on our national monuments, compared to “Th Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” Emmerich remains relatively tame. However, where the most steam is lost is in writing, with some haphazard reveals and late-in-the-game twists. By the end of the film, it becomes apparent exactly how cheesy the movie is. But even despite this, “White House Down” looks excellent, is acted well enough, and sets itself slightly apart from its feature film twin released earlier this year.
June 28, 2013
(for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image)
Bradley J. Fischer