White House Down 2013

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Fast-paced action feature starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal in which the White House comes under attack. When Washington DC policeman John Cale (Tatum)'s interview for the Secret Service goes badly, it seems he will be denied the chance to serve President James Sawyer (Foxx). However, when a group of paramilitaries under the command of Stenz (Jason Clarke) launch an assault on the White House and take Sawyer hostage, Cale is offered an unexpected opportunity to redeem himself. Attempting to protect his daughter Emily (Joey King) on one hand and to take down a gang of highly trained mercenaries on the other, Cale will have to prove his mettle in spectacular style if he is to save the nation and its president from the evil designs of Stenz. Will he be up to the task?

Starring:
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx
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DVD, Blu-ray

White House down

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 11 minutes
Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, James Woods
Director Roland Emmerich
Genres Thriller
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 11 minutes
Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, James Woods
Director Roland Emmerich
Genres Thriller
Studio Sony Pictures
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 5 May 2014
Format: DVD
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CarolC on 29 May 2014
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Non-stop entertainment, gripping to the end. Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx brilliant as always.
Not going to spoil it by revealing anymore but this is one DVD you will want in your collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 10 May 2014
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Best action movie since Die Hard!! Funny, great chemistry betweeen the sctors and some of the best sction sequences ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Walker on 21 April 2014
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great edge of the seat action for the whole family (well, 12years up due to a moderate amount of swearing)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zapata on 6 April 2014
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Great fun! Not to be taken too seriously but a great popcorn movie. Anyone who watched it must have known what they were letting themselves in for so over intellectualising it is pointless. It is what is is. Lots of fun, bangs, booms and it doesn't pretend to be anything more. Loved it!
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire on 6 April 2014
Format: DVD
You know where you are with Roland Emmerich. B movie plot, wise cracks, explosions and action and frankly no one does it better, apart from maybe John McTiernan whose Die Hard movie is expertly parodied in White House down.

I enjoyed every over the top second and for a Friday night popcorn movie I can't really recommend anything else more highly as this.

Disengage brain and enjoy.

Oh and it has James Woods in it as well, which is always a good sign.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on 2 Jun 2014
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It is a load of silly cliched nonsense but that can be forgiven as its also great fun and is lifted by a good cast. Reminds me most of Die Hard which can't be a bad thing.
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