19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2014
I really enjoyed this film. Great performances from Foxx and Tatum, but most of all a Die Hard style gripping action movie. This is an action movie, it is fast passed and dramatic, with subtle humor added in. Despite being over 2 hours long the film does not drag at all. I was either griped by the drama, or distracted by an explosion the whole time.
The story Foxx stars as the current president of the US, he is striving for peace in the middle east, but this does not sit well with the weapons manufacturers. Tatum plays a down on his luck former soldier, starting to get his life together, currently working as a senatorial bodyguard. He is trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his estranged but politically idealistic daughter so applies for a job in the secret service to protect the president. Scoring tickets to a tour of the White House in the process. So of course he is on hand when there is a domestic terrorist attack on the White House.
I enjoyed this film from the beginning to the end. It ticked all the boxes for me, and I would recommend this to anyone. This is a fun to watch action film keep that in mind and enjoy. this is one of the best action movies I have seen in a long time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The White House in under attack and only Tatum Channing, a wannabe secret service agent can save the world, the POTUS (Jamie Foxx) and protect his 11 year old daughter (Joey King). The movie follows a "Die Hard" formula.
There is nothing overly special about this film. It uses the current world situation and creates stock political characters. The scenario ranges from improbable to impossible. Break out the popcorn and enjoy the feature as Channing bonds with his movie daughter and beats up the bad guys against all odds.
Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
55 of 64 people found the following review helpful
I'll be honest, I didn't have very high hopes for White House Down when I sat down to watch it; however, I found that I absolutely loved this film. White House Down mixes together action and comedy to create a really entertaining film that grips you from beginning to end.
That's not to say that this film isn't flawed, because it is in many ways. First and foremost are the special effects. Whilst at times they were excellent, at others, they really weren't. The opening shots of the White House are evidently fake and there are a few other moments that are supposed to be visually spectacular that are clearly the work of what seems to be an amateur CGI artist. This was disappointing because had these effects been bettered, even by just a little, this film would've earned itself a few more brownie points.
The plot of this film, for the most part is well structured and exciting. This film is about catastrophic events that take place when the White House is infiltrated, but the reason for this is cleverly concealed until the very end. There are numerous plot twists throughout the film (even in the last five minutes!) that keep you on your toes. I most certainly would not have been able to predict the way this movie would pan out, something that I think should be commended given that this sort f film has been made and remade time and time again. This is a newer, certainly more thrilling, take on the 'President-in-crisis' story. That said, there were a few moments, more towards the end of the film, where slightly too unrealistic events were occurring. Sometimes this was a fault of the humour that embodies this film, at others, just an over-excited script writer.
I was surprised to find that White House Down is actually a really funny film. Actually scrap that - it's downright hilarious at times. You'll find the perfect blend of action and comedy in this film, but the comedy does not take away any of the impact of the action. There were a few moments when I did question whether or not humour was really appropriate but for the most part, it was seamlessly integrated into the plot and the characters' personalities to make this an incredibly entertaining film. Tatum and Foxx were the perfect pair for this film as both men are talented actors when it comes to action and comedy and emotion - the three key elements to this film. Alongside the humour are some pretty badass action scenes. There's everything from gun fights to fist fights to knife fights to missile launches to high speed car chases (around the Whote House, in the president's limo I might add). I was really impressed y the action scenes as they had me gripping the edge of my seat, never certain who had the upper hand or what move would be pulled next.
As well as action and comedy's there's also a dash of emotion added in. There is also the story of a man fearlessly trying to protect the life of the President whilst his daughter is being held hostage. There are many emotional conflicts which bring you to a more personal level with the characters so it's not all guns and grenades. I cried several times whilst watching this film (as I am slightly ashamed to admit), but you really do start rooting for the characters and their cause. In addition, this film managed to instil me with a deep sense of patriotism and admiration for the patriotism of Americans, despite the fact that I am not American.
All in all, I would highly recommend this film to fans of either action or comedy or both. This film had me second guessing the plot the entire way through and it's not until the very end of the film that everything is revealed. I guarantee this film will have you on the edge of your seat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2015
This is absolutely rubbish, does not come close to the original die hard bruce willis film or the sequel to that matter. If you want to watch something more plausible, watchable and within a reasonable time frame, (how many times in over two hours do they visit the basement to hide then have a gun fight??) rent out Olympus has fallen.
This verges on the ridiculous, no special ops in the US, the national guard get a tank blown up and then all run away, never to fire another shot, and a reporters helicopter flying over the whitehouse when all other movement gets shot down with heat seeking missiles, oh why didn't i go to bed.
Shame on you Jamie Foxx!!!
on 25 February 2014
It shouldn't have worked. 'Olympus Has Fallen' beat it to the box office, and everything from 'Die Hard' to 'Air Force One' beat it to half of its plot moments. It even shares two near-identical moments with its direct competitor, 'Olympus'. However, through sheer charisma, White House Down rises above its influences to emerge as one of the best action movies of the year. Director Emmerich is the best he's been in years with a brutally slick and thrilling style. Foxx is charming, believable and somehow manages to be human and presidential all in one go. Tatum is used to playing heroic, but has rarely had to shoulder a movie almost solo as an action lead, and he pulls it off with aplomb while never losing his edge as a father torn between his need to save his daughter and his need to save the president.
Because some of the best moments in the movie are twists (albeit ones that action fans may see coming) I won't reveal much about the plot, save to say that it builds with expert precision to a fantastic old-school nerve-shredder of against-the-clock tension. If all of this sounds exactly like 'Olympus Has Fallen', take the style, charisma and directorial excellence of that other film and ramp it up to 11, and you have this one.
Does it have flaws? Yes. While they eventually become terrific, the bad guys don't initially seem that formidable. It also takes the film half of its length to shake off the feeling of familiarity and really become its own animal. It sadly also suffers from that odd curse of recent blockbusters - an over-reliance on CGI helicopters that occasionally fail to convince.
Luckily it wins on several points: it's missing the uncomfortable racism of 'Olympus', and less of the cheesy superiority-laced flag-waving rhetoric (although someone here does literally wave a flag, to much better effect). Tatum's hero also feels more like a normal everyman, until circumstances force him to raise his game. With faster, better direction, better acting, and a rip-roaring music score, this is the movie 'Olympus Has Fallen' nearly was. Solid Gold.
Capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum) finds himself in the right place at the wrong time, as disgruntled US employee's attack the White House & take the President & the tour group he & his daughter are in, hostage. As a wannabe secret service agent, could this be his chance to step up & save the day ?
Channing Tatum is the ex-solider who teams up with the President, played by Jamie Foxx, as they play cat & mouse with a group of mercenaries through the White House. Trying to evade capture, save Cale's daughter & stop World War III. There is a lot going on with multiple story threads, and it's obviously more of a family orientated film with Roland Emmerich's (Independence Day) lighthearted take on the material with a hint of cheese. Which results in Tatum not cranking up a huge body count consistently throughout, more a quick flourish in places. And those kills/deaths are quite tame, not much blood & you don't see or hear a lot of gruesome details. The early build up of the film is interesting, and it doesn't try to hide who the key players are on both sides in this politically driven story. While it lays on the usual cliche's, predictability & implausibilities, but the inevitable take over, action highlights & emotional crescendo never the less still hit home, and leave a little lump in the throat as you get swept up in the emotions of the moment.
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) gave a good performance as a father trying to connect with his estranged daughter, played exceptionally by Joey King (Oz), while easily handling the bulk of the physical action sequences. Jamie Fox (Django Unchained) was a little more reserved in the action stakes, giving an assured performance with an air of Barrack Obama's cool persona about him, while being a little goofy. As without doubt, the focus was on them not taking it too seriously, with a combination of acting/natural comedy abilities. They're chemistry was effective, be it in times of serious reflection on the situation at hand, spontaneous humor at a given situation or banter, brought some genuine laughs & serious edge when called for. James Woods (Videodrome) & Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) made for formidable enough cookie cutter villains on the opposite side. Also co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko), Jimmi Simpson (Breakout Kings) & Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers).
In conclusion, Olympus Has Fallen & White House Down are both entertaining with they're different approaches on the White House hostage situation material. Take your pick. Contains mild foul language & violence. Recommended.
on 3 March 2014
To my surprise this one is,as action movies go,better than "Olympus has fallen",which practically has the same story !
I refuse to comment on the story itself.It would be pointless.What I find,however, mildly surprising, is the use of Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx as main characters.C.T. is a mediocre actor,at best.But J.F. is just a caricature as President of the U.S. He "delivers" his lines ,but his "acting" is getting poorer by the day.He is totally out of character.Offhand I can think of at least half a dosen black actors(...sorry,african-americans....!!!) who could have portrayed the part a hell of a lot better.Yet Hollywood keeps "pushing" an actor who cannot act to save his life.God only knows why ! Granted that Ronald Emmerich,the director,usually does not care much about "directing" actors-his forte is action-it is essential that the protagonists themselves should be able to portray their characters in some depth.This,regrettably,is not the case here.
Yet the movie is fast,full of action,a lot of noise ,plenty of shooting and enough corpses to make it "good fun".I suppose this ought to be enough.
on 22 March 2014
Now this could and should have been better as I was very disappointed with it, Channing should not have taken the role of the girls father as this seem to kill it, maybe as a security guard right from the beginning would seem to be better. Maybe as the president would have suited him even better. Magic Mike was a fabulous movie and he suited that far better. Olympus has fallen had more action and intake that left this one for dead. Channing is a good actor and did play his part well as the other cast but the story was great and there was something lacking right from the start please no offense as it's only my opinion. I still recommend this to others who have there own views, Washington falls to the bad guys by men that are suppose to be good security guards. Most of the president's staff are killed and it looks as if the bad guys are winning for a change. There's always someone to botch up the job isn't there. I rated this an A grade, worth looking into for a night in with feet up relaxing with your popcorn for something different. Enjoy!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Make no mistake, this is a highly enjoyable film. A brilliant homage to the Die Hard films. Substitute Bruce Willis' John McClane with Channing Tatum's John Cale. Add James Wood (looking remarkably like Malcolm McDowell) and Richard Jenkins as devious villains with accompanying snarling henchmen. Throw in Obamaesque Jamie Foxx as the President. Sprinkle with gunfire, explosions and suitably placed witticisms and you have a recipe for a very relaxing couple of hours. I watched this film after watching the superb Borgen trilogy. A bit of a contrast, but I feel that both stay true to their genres. I rented this but I will definitely be purchasing White House Down in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
White House Down
My wife ordered this film to view over the Christmas holiday. Pretty standard all action movie of terrorists taking over the White House.
Good fast flowing entertainment with believable performances and some brief appearances by the lovely Maggie Gyllenhaal, a distinct bonus.