Friday, June 14, 2013

White House Down is not Olympus has Fallen.  While both movies shares similarities, obviously with the White House being attacked.  Olympus has Fallen is a step ahead of White House Down.   Now that's not to say that I didn't enjoy White House Down.  I did, but I just thought it could have been much better.  Here's why...

Jamie Foxx killed it in Django Unchained.  In this movie however, as President James Sawyer, his skills are clearly wasted.  His character seemed so timid and indecisive at times which you wouldn't expect from a President.  Now I know his character didn't have any military experience and didn't expect him to go kick butt.  That's what Channing was for.  Who knows, maybe I'm just not ready for a black President.  I kid!

Now let's take a look at almost every female's favorite eye candy Channing Tatum.  I enjoyed his performance in G.I. Joe.  He had nice chemistry with Dwayne Johnson.  But quite frankly, he still has ways to go to be considered as a good actor.  His character in White House down lacked dimensions.  All that he was good for in the movie was running around and jumping for cover.

Of course it's not all entirely their fault.  The plot in itself, if you replaced Channing with Bruce Willis is just another Die Hard movie without a cool catch phrase.  The more than predictable plot and outlandish characters adds to the comparison and length of the film.  Yes I have a lot of faults with the film.  I did enjoy the occasional jokes and the acting performances by the supporting casts.  In particular, I liked Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Wood and Joey King.  The action scenes, in particular the crazy car chase are the only saving graces for White House Down.

Overall, I would recommend this film for a morning matinee or a Netflix watch.  Like I said, for a better White House invasion film, watch Olympus has Fallen.  As implausible as Olympus Has Fallen may have been, White House Down is just ludicrous.  Paying full price for this price would be ludicrous as well.

The movie is out June 28th, 2013.  The run time is 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Channing Tatum as John Cale
  • Jamie Foxx as James Sawyer
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Carol Finnerty
  • Jason Clarke as Emil Stenz
  • Richard Jenkins as Eli Raphelson
  • James Woods as Martin Walker
  • Garcelle Beauvais as the First Lady of the United States
  • Lance Reddick as Colonel Janowitz
  • Joey King as Emily Cale
  • Rachelle Lefevre as Melanie
  • Michael Murphy as Vice President Alvin Hammond
  • Nicolas Wright as Donnie Donaldson

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