Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/14/2016
When a right wing paramilitary group besiege and capture the White House, a lone cop is left to protect the president. White House Down seems like a very old fashioned action thriller; almost a carbon copy of the rash of Die Hard copies that plagued the nineties, including Under Siege, Executive Decision and Air Force One, it's basically "Die Hard With A POTUS". The plot gets ever more far-fetched and ridiculous as it goes (I'd love to have sat in on the meeting where they figured out how to crowbar a car chase into a film about being trapped in the White House!) and Channing Tatum's beefcake with a gun is a personality vacuum. What just about saves the film is Emmerich's trademark tongue in cheek approach that ensures it never takes itself too seriously, and the fact that instead of the …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/12/2013
John Cale (Channing Tatum) protects U.S. President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) after the White House was attacked. From the first 30 minutes of the film one has to just go with the ludicrous flow. Everything felt silly and Hollywood because of the tandem of John and the so called President. Much like Olympus Has Fallen, it felt like a Die Hard copycat mixed with Air Force One premises. The action sequences were a pretty sight but the awful screenplay/dialogue was just too obvious. The facts about the White House were mildly entertaining and seeing Jamie Foxx as the President is worth viewing. The character background for the antagonist were rushed and the coincidences were so unlikely to happen. Worth viewing if your a popcorn action flick type of person.
Looneymanthegreat - wrote on 06/30/2013
Words cannot describe how stupid Roland Emerich is; they also cannot describe how brilliant he is. All of his movies are silly, brainless and overly sentimental, often to hilarious lengths; but the kinetic energy of his action sequences, the flow of the plot over all and the performances he gets from his actors make every movie he directs an entertaining rush of fun energy. I cannot, with clean conscious, recommend any of Emerich's movies to anyone, yet I own almost all of them on DVD and have seen 2012 more times then Citizen Kane. Roland Emerich is like KFC’s Double Down sandwich, it’s disgusting and absolutely delicious at the same time.
White House Down, Emerich’s latest, is the second White House invasion movie to come out this year, the other one was Olympus has Fallen …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/28/2013
Roland Emmerich is known for huge disaster films: 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day - films so over-the-top you could describe them as action overkill. While White House Down certainly has its completely absurdly crazy moments it's a bit more grounded than watching entire cities being destroyed Also, it helps when you have Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum and James Woods running the show.
Action movies cannot survive on action alone - many have tried and many have failed. Where White House Down really shines is that it brings comedy and drama to the table in measured amounts - and balances things out quite well. When we open, we find that President Sawyer (Foxx) has just put forth a controversial peace plan that would bring all troops home - and it has gotten the defense …