This movie at first uses finesse constantly to trick your perception with plot tricks and amusing dialogue that shifts your focus. the outrageous of the stakes and the like-ability of the characters makes them feel like invisible robin hoods but the movie quickly gets arrogant and thinks because it's a movie it can magically explain away the illusions that although can and or done with cg are meant to be at least plausibly doable. The movie can't keep up with it's finale and the script removes any sense of mystic by going with the motto the most unexpected thing will happen by removing important information central to a character in the film playing the detective and adds a convoluted explanation which cheapens the movie. However, the movie was continually enjoyable for about 3/4 of it and was a lot of fun to match. Unfortunately, the same can be not be said for the last 1/4.
It's a shame that the recent scandals in the obama adminstration have tarnished his image because they distract from what is essentially the last great die hard.. The movie is full of likeable characters and plausibly realistic scenarios with the exception that someone could just walk into the whitehouse, set up a bomb, and hold the building hostage. Once that happens, we have a diehard like movie filled with its own brand of wit and real stakes that increase catastrophically as the movie increases. as the movie progresses, it makes points about the sacrifices that might be required in catastrophic situations and if tyranny can potentially be thwarted if people refuse to act in favor of it.