White House Down (2013) – Encore Review


white-house-down-movie-poster-2“There’s a series of tunnels. JFK used them to sneak Marilyn Monroe in. ” – Finnerty

Number of Times Seen – 2 (1 Oct 2013 and 7 Jul 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An off-duty cop visiting the White House with his daughter must find a way to save the President when a group of terrorists take over the White House.

My Take on it – This is yet another entry in the genre created by Die Hard (1988) of one man against an army of terrorists and they do quite a good job with the way it is handled.

Yes, it doesn’t reach the levels of the original film that started the genre, but it’s still an extremely enjoyable film.

Channing Tatum is actually quite good in the lead role and we believe that he could possibly be in this kind of situation.

With regard to the casting of Jamie Foxx as the President, I can’t say I was happy with the casting choice.  They tried to use an actor who somewhat resembles Obama, but Foxx just doesn’t come across as Presidential enough at all.

I really enjoyed the way that they added in lots of political intrigue into the storyline and kept hitting us with more and more surprises along the way.

The supporting cast is great with Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Michael Murphy, Matt Craven and Jake Weber all do a wonderful job here.

This isn’t the best movie ever made, but if one is only seeking a great popcorn flick with lots and lots of action and some political intrigue along the way, this is a great choice to pass 2+ hours.

Bottom Line – Fun Die Hard kind of film that works better than most in the genre even if it can’t come close to reaching the heights of the film that started the genre. Tatum is believable in his role, but I had a problem with Foxx’s performance.  Loved the political intrigue that keep hitting us with more and more. Great popcorn flick by Emmerich that is really fun to watch because it isn’t completely mindless. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The White House Tour Guide mentions that they’re in the part that was blown up in Independence Day. Roland Emmerich, this film’s director, also directed Independence Day (1996). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (no change from original review)

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