White House Down

White House Down 01 Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Joey King, Nicolas Wright, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Murphy, Rachelle Lefevre. Lance Reddick, Roland Emmerich,

White House Down: a group of mercenaries storm the White House leaving an aspiring Secret Serviceman as the President’s – and America’s – only hope. They’ve only gone and made “Die Hard in the White House”, again! It’s easy to confuse this with Olympus has Fallen, but in a duel for the oval office this one wins hands-down, mostly due to the entertainment-factor; it’s the true embodiment of the term ‘action romp’. Everything that can do so, explodes during big set pieces that punctuate the movie, and is generously littered with laughs too – by the end I was even guilty of a few fist-pumps. I’d go as far as saying that it’s the kind of movie that – at least on paper – we should all hate: big, loud, dumb, derivative, but the director seems to know this, and fully embraces it – cheesing everything up to 11. The only real downside is that it’s a tad on the long side (for the kind of film it is). If you want a cheesy 80s/90s big-budget one-man-army taking on waves of despicable henchmen, look no further. Fly this DVD up your flagpoles, ‘MURICA!

Score: 8/10

White House Down 02 Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Joey King, Nicolas Wright, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Murphy, Rachelle Lefevre. Lance Reddick, Roland Emmerich,

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5 comments
  1. It’s a goofy movie and knows it, so it’s fun for that reason. However, it went on way too long to where it felt like overkill of just about everything. Good review.

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  2. Nostra said:

    It was fun although the CGI was really bad in this one…it really stood out.

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  3. Jaina said:

    It was a ridiculously over the top action film, but yeah, like you totally enjoyed it. You know, I don’t hate Channing Tatum. He does what he does and he did it well enough here.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I think Channing is amazing. Probably one of th emost versatile people out there, being able to out-comedy Jonnah Hill in Jump Street, then do some drama in Side Effects, action in this / Haywire… heck, he even does street dancing!

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  4. 8 out of 10 is just fair for this movie, truly a worth of watch …..

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