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
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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 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

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 8 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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52 of 61 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 The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER 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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9 of 11 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 on 8 July 2013
Format: DVD
Director Roland Emmerich has a habit of doing big disasters films like Independence day or Day after tomorrow. Here he goes straight for the action market, and a Diehard clone, even down to our hero trapped in a building with terrorists in his white vest.

If your a fan of any other Diehard copycat thrillers (the list is endless, so lets just say for example a film like the Rock or the slightly different but in a similar style Air force One)then this a good way to spend a couple of hours.

Tatum plays the hero well, as a down on his luck father, who happens to get stuck in the Whitehouse, with his daughter whilst attending an interview for the secret service, as terrorists take over the building. Foxx plays the president who ends up becoming his partner, fighting the terrorists, as they try to figure a way out.

What ensues is lots of gun shoot outs, car chases, explosions and much mayhem.

The positive of the film is that it is so absurd, so over the top, but manages to include quite a few witty one liners and visual sight gags, making it breeze along on a crazy comical charm to offset the action scenes.

On the down side, there is as always with A Roland Emmerich film, far too much dependence on CGI explosions and effects which seem more of a priority than any sense of logic or realism in the plot or characters, that said it's still big dumb fun and worth a watch.
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