WHITE HOUSE DOWN: THE REVIEW

White House Down – OK – we had Olympus Has Fallen and now we get the different one, same film, kind of but this one is infinitely better for one reason…….it has Channing Tatum………..that shirt better come off 🙂 It has been a while between reviews but Salty Kernel, Ben McHolme, is back and he brings a great review for this White House film from Roland Emmerich – I am actually keen to see this one – call it a guilty pleasure, and not because it is Tatum, it is Emmerich, excluding 2012, which I thought was just a travesty, I love his work. I watch The Day After Tomorrow religiously if I am sick and when I was much younger and played Independence Day and Godzilla hundreds of times to people in the city fell in love with them as well. Emmerich represents pure box office big popcorn combo B-grade fun action. He never denies it nor does he take anything that seriously or steer from his passion, it is always like a Matthew Reilly novel, awesome but preposterous.

 

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

When you head into a movie directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012, Day After Tomorrow) you have to be prepared for a little bit of cheese. When White House Down finished I didn’t only get a little cheese I got a whole block of brie thrown into my face. However with that being said I still enjoyed myself. There are more than enough “eye-rolling” moments but there are also a few instants with funny commentaries by the characters and some good, not great, action scenes.

White House Down is best viewed the same way as you would watch Die Hard, Rambo or the recently released (and strikingly similar) Olympus Has Fallen. Channing Tatum (Dreamboat) plays Cale, a low level protective agent for the Speaker of the House, he finds himself in the White House when the attack occurs and out of all the highly trained secret service agents he is the only one who survives and becomes the President’s only protection. President Swayer is played by Jamie Foxx (Django, Horrible Bosses, Ray). Jamie and Channing work well together with what I can presume is some funny ad-libbed lines. When Sawyer picks his new shoes I laughed out loud, I don’t know if that’s racist but if you watch you will know what I mean.

 

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The stand out acting for me was actually Cale’s daughter, played by up and coming child actress, Joey King (Conjuring, Oz The Great and Powerful).  Although she was very limited in this film you could definitely see some great potential and she is someone I will be looking out for in the future. I like every role Jamie Foxx stars in and for me he is the next generation Denzel Washington. He did bring the “bad-ass” president character to life but I still felt as if he was a bit constricted.  Channing Tatum is the same good looking, macho action hero with his own unique personality. He does it well and that’s why he is so successful.

I could go on and on about all of the parts in this film that are laughable, don’t make sense or are against the laws of physics/explosives but these are things you shouldn’t go into this thinking about too much. To save time and for a good laugh I found an IMDB thread that sums it up; HERE. Have a read of this article after you have watched the movie. In my opinion if you get caught up in being fussy you will not enjoy this movie. If you forget about logic for two hours of your life you can have a memorable experience by either enjoying the movie or talking with your friends about all the absurd things you just witnessed.  The one thing I will mention is this. How can you set up a film by showing the state of the art surveillance external to the White House and then expect us to assume there are absolutely no internal cameras and a bunch of guys equipped with only silencers can take over half the White House before anyone even notices *Rant Over*.

 

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On a side note my experience was a little warped due to the fact the guy next to me must have been watching it as if he was reviewing an Oscar worthy epic. Constantly “pfft-ing” and loudly exhaling, I could almost hear his eyes rolling. I almost turned to him after the movie and proclaimed “I haven’t seen a movie as good as that since Citizen Kane!!” (JK note – hahahahahahahaha Ben gold – also that sounds a lot like my nemesis David Stratton??)

I asked myself many times which was better White House Down or Olympus Has Fallen. Which film made the secret service look more useless then the other one? Which film made The United States seem more helpless but at the same time had more patriotism? Neither did it better (or worse) they just did it slightly differently.

 

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

An enjoyable movie with more flaws then I am able to list. Watch this with a bunch of friends then have a drink after so you can recap the action and discuss some of the ridiculousness you may of not noticed. Just remember throughout the whole movie they flag the best cheese for the end.

As I am someone who likes this type of movie I have given it ………………

 

3 Pops