White House Down

2013, Action/Mystery & thriller, 2h 11m

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White House Down benefits from the leads' chemistry, but director Roland Emmerich smothers the film with narrative clichés and choppily edited action. Read critic reviews

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Capitol police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) as a member of the Secret Service. Not wanting to disappoint his young daughter with the bad news, Cale takes her on a tour of the White House. While he and his daughter are there, a heavily armed paramilitary group attacks and seizes control. As the nation's government dissolves in chaos, only Cale can save his daughter, the president and the country.

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  • Jun 08, 2016
    A classic Die Hard premise, very professionally executed by the master of destruction. When the film doesn't take itself too seriously while kicking ass, it works like a charm. Unfortunately, some scenes are so silly they're almost unintentionally funny (POTUS + bazooka on White House lawn car chase) and the flag waving finale is way too much. But other than that this is pretty solid and entertaining action cinema.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2015
    It's nice Hollywood still makes films for the gullible and stupid. No reason intelligent people should have all the fun. Atrocious acting by Gyllenhaal. An embarrassment for Foxx and Woods. Really good sets, special effects and sound, but none of it matters when paired with a ridiculous script and cringe-worthy dialog.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2014
    Spends so long copying and trying to be Die Hard, that it forgets what made Die Hard so good.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2014
    Compared to what Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart offered in 'Olympus Has Fallen', what Roland Emmerich, Channing Tatum, and Jamie Foxx try to offer in this movie is a total flop.. Unlike the battle between 'No Strings Attached' vs 'Friends with Benefit' before that we can call it a tie, 'Olympus Has Fallen' vs 'White House Down' is a comfortable win for Butler's side undoubtedly..
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