Distributed By: Sony Pictures
Director(s): Roland Emmerich
Writer(s): James Vanderbilt
Stars: Channing Tatum (John Cale), Jamie Foxx (President James Sawyer), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Carol Finnerty), Jason Clarke (Emil Stenz), Richard Jenkins (Eli Ralphsen), Joey King (Emily Cale), James Woods (Martin Walker), Nicolas Wright (Donnie Donaldson)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I don’t watch a lot of live tv these days and so I haven’t seen any previews for White House Down so I didn’t know a lot of what this movie was about before going to a screening of it. What I did know was that it was an action film directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow – both of which I love) and that it had some good eye candy to it. It may be totally shallow to admit that but its the truth and I am not ashamed to do son.
White House Down is a movie that won’t have a lot of surprises to it. Its a formulaic action film where good triumphs over evil. Its like reading a romance novel or a mystery. You know the ending going in so it becomes more about the journey. And boy does White House Down deliver. The set up of this movie is well paced and the action sequences hit all the right notes of drama, explosion, and snappy one-liners.
Jamie Foxx was excellent in his role as President Sawyer, as a viewer you know that he is capable of being a bad ass but in this film he’s not the action hero. He’s a strong, capable character but he’s also a tad bit nerdy and inexperienced when it comes to fighting and he pulls it off well. Beside him he has Channing Tatum as John Cale who is all you could ask for in an action hero. He’s got the looks, the smarts to think on his feet and he and Foxx really play well off of each other. But its Nicolas Wright who really steals the show in this one as the comic relief tour guide. He’s both ultra nerdy, filled with heart, and finds the strength to do what he needs to at just the right moments. Joey King who plays Emily Cale also gives a good performance as the moody pre-teen daughter of John Cale who is also pretty darn tough.
White House Down is a wonderful action film in that it has lots of explosions and good effects but its not filled with blood and gore. Thereby making it safe for younger audiences. Though there are swears and such, as you’d expect, so parents should use caution (and their own best judgement) when bringing their child to this one. What bothered me most with, White House Down, was the ending. Oy with the poodles was it just a tad bit on the cheesy side! I admit that I did roll my eyes a bit but then we got over that small hump and managed to end it on a decent, if not spectacular note. Cheesy ending aside though I really enjoyed this movie and the two hours passed in a blink. I laughed and jumped and there were just enough twists to keep things interesting.
My recommendation: See this one in theaters.