White House Down is the second movie released this year by Hollywood that blows up the official residence of the president. The first one, Olympus Has Fallen, has received a lot of bad reviews and makes it easier for White House Down to top it.
In Olympus Has Fallen, a North Korean squad invades the White House and holds the president (Aaron Eckhart) hostage. A secret service agent (Gerard Butler) tries his best to be the hero and he succeeds in doing so.
In White House Down, a terrorist group invades the White House and holds the president (Jamie Foxx) hostage. A secret service agent (Channing Tatum) tries his best to be the hero and he succeeds in doing so.
As you can see, both movies follow the same plot. It is still unclear who among Antoine Fuqua and Roland Emmerich copied whom. The latter has already blown up the White House before in 1996’s Independence Day. But that movie was definitely better than White House Down.
Channing Tatum has the looks of an action hero but he has nothing to work on. Jamie Foxx is the last person you will imagine to be the president. He did Ray Charles justice in Ray but there’s nothing presidential in him in this movie.
And what’s with the shameless product placement in White House Down? The president said he can’t leave the White House without his Jordans and actually took some time to put them on and even got their tight close-up.
In order to build up the tension in White House Down, director Emmerich made the terrorist hold a gun to a little girl’s head. Most of the terrorists in the movie have threatened to hurt the girl, who is described to be outspoken and smart.
White House Down is a dumb action movie. Expect to yawn several times during its 131 minutes runtime.