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White House Down [Blu-ray] [2013]
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on 4 March 2014
Good action movie if you ignore some quite bad continuity mistakes. good sunday afternoon switch off your brain film. Even I, as a girlie enjoyed it especially when Tatum was down to his vest.
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on 3 March 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this film. It is similar to Olympus Has Fallen but has the added bonus of the comedy and great chemistry between the two main characters.
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on 3 March 2014
While it is an expensively made action film and action scenes are impressive and hold your attention, the bottom line is how many films are too similar to this one including the recent Olympus Has Fallen??? Let's Save the World theme is a bit OTT for me but i guess it is designed for children audience.
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on 2 March 2014
very good film. well entertained from beginning til end. well done. will buy it in blue ray to add to my collection
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on 2 March 2014
shameless rip off of all those good action films, but very well done nonetheless one would say. glad to see woods is still kicking.
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on 1 March 2014
I really like this movie. It's a good summer blockbuster and has a bit of everything. It's pretty predictable but thoroughly entertaining. It's like the PG-13 version of "Olympus has fallen", with a slightly different plot. I like Channing Tatum, and Jamie Foxx, and they compliment each other pretty well. It's a bit like Die Hard in the White House, but made friendly for a younger audience :)
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on 1 March 2014
just another father daughter bad guys movie been done before ie schwarzenneger willis etc still watchable glad i rented rather than purchase
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on 1 March 2014
After viewing another title which is not too dissimilar in many ways, White House Down was obviously going to measured against it. Especially considering they were both released reasonably close together in a time when many say that Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.

Anyhow, how does it compare and how does it stand on its own. In comparison....... A little less testosterone driven drama and a little more buddy cop comedy. Which is laced with some great action sequences devised to make you laugh as much as route for the good guys. So in a nutshell not a carbon copy but the same idea presented differently. On its own.... Nothing new to the mix in terms of an action film, but obviously with the ever increasingly use of CGI, the visuals are on a greater scale and what was once imagined can now be seen. The clincher is, do the other more important elements suffer as a result? Compared to some offerings from Hollywood White House Down doesn't do too badly in those areas.

It's not the greatest example of its class. But there is enough to enjoy from the character interactions of the two main leads to the madcap action sequences which don't take themselves too seriously. I wouldn't even say leaving your brain at the door is a requirement for total enjoyment. But maybe leave the top of your head unscrewed should some of the situations leave you with the inability to suspend disbelief.
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on 1 March 2014
Great action.. great storyline...has great pace.. Good effects. Mr Fox excellent as always. Mr Tatum surprisingly good in this movei..I would watch it again.
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Strangely enough, ‘White House Down’ is one of two films about terrorists taking over the White House released in the same year (the other being ‘Olympus Has Fallen’). They basically follow identical plots of regarding terrorists taking over the White House when it just so happens that – by complete chance – the one man capable of fighting off an entire army of highly-trained mercenaries happens to be in the building.

Judging by how well both movies were received, it’s widely accepted that Olympus Has Fallen is more serious, whereas White House Down is a little more light-hearted and cheesy. So, depending on whether you like your action films dark and moody, or light and fluffy, will go some way to which one you thought was better.

Personally, I preferred Olympus – not because it was darker or anything, but simply because (although it too offered nothing new in the way of storylines), the action was a little more inventive and realistic. In White House Down, you have every single action movie cliché going. Everything from the hero’s family being taken hostage, to the (strangely incompetent) special forces who offer nothing in the way of credible help, to an air strike on the building destined to be thwarted at the eleventh hour.

It’s not a bad film, but it’s certainly not a great one either. It’s the sort of film you can walk in and out of and not miss a thing, nor fail to understand every aspect of the plot. If I wanted to watch a film about the White House being taken over, I’d watch Olympus again. Nothing bad here, but just nothing to warrant a second viewing.
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