White House Down (2013) – 6/10 action movie review

Cast / crew
Director and Producer: Roland Emmerich
Producer and Writer: James Vanderbilt
Producer: Bradley J. Fischer
Producer: Larry Franco
Producer: Laeta Kalogridis
Music Composer and Producer: Harald Kloser
Channing Tatum: Cale
Jamie Foxx: President Sawyer
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Finnerty
Jason Clarke: Stenz
Richard Jenkins: Raphelson
Joey King: Emily
James Woods: Walker
Nicolas Wright: Donnie the Guide

White House Down (2013)

Wannabe Secret Service agent John Cale finds himself the only competent bullet-, gravity-, bomb- and punch-proof law or military officer in all of North America on the day that the White House is attacked.


White House Down feels like two different movies edited together, both of them half-hearted and neither carrying the professional sheen Roland Emmerich usually applies. One movie is a fun, light-hearted adventure where the President accidentally bonks our hero on the head with a rocket launcher while being chased around the White House lawn; the other movie is a boringly violent action movie where you can’t tell who’s doing what to who (uncharacteristic of a Roland Emmerich movie) and believe it and care even less. Things aren’t helped by the photography which, thanks to baffling halos around everybody, renders every visual effects scene astoundingly unconvincing. If the entire movie had been the fun one, even as half-hearted as it is, this would have been pretty awesome. As it is, there’s probably just enough goofily enjoyable stuff inbetween a lot of ordinary stuff.

This movie contains extreme gun violence, strong boring violence, brief infra-red sex scene and a single sexual swear word

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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