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:
Jamie Foxx, James Woods
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 27 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 14 July 2013
Format: DVD
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.
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55 of 64 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 Mr W. on 27 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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!!!
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Format: Blu-ray
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.
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