Overall Rank: 5574
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 69
Theatrical Release Date: 06/28/2013
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 11/05/2013
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Roland Emmerich
Actors: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Jason Clarke, Joey King
Plot: A tour of the white house turns into a life and death situation for one police officer who must not only protect his daughter, but the president himself, when a paramilitary group makes their strike. -- Chris Kavan
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Nolane - wrote on 03/18/2014
The plot is so absurd, even for an action movie, that even a few well executed action scenes can't save the day. Jamie Foxx makes for a very lame President and Channing Tatum is a boring hero. Stick with the far superior "Olympus Has Fallen" which is grittier, more violent, has better action sequences and has Gerard Butler as the hero who would wipe the floor with Channing Tatum.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/05/2014
A tour of the white house turns into a life and death situation for one police officer who must not only protect his daughter, but the president himself, when a paramilitary group makes their strike.This movie is a big copy-cat from Olympus has fallen.I mean the directing is not really good and the CGI looks unfinished.
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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 …
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 2013-07-06 15:01
I'm surprised this didn't do better when it opened, but as a summer movie, I couldn't think of a more perfect example of over-the-top-fun - and let's face it, blowing up the White House just never gets old.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 2013-07-06 14:19
Can't wait to see this based on your observation. &nbsp;It's funny how many times the White House has been used on film these days (ex. G.I. Joe and Olympus Has Fallen). :-s
Chris Kavan - wrote on 2013-06-27 18:35
Action movies have been mostly a miss this year - but White House Down delivers in all the right ways: not just action but comedy and even heart. Considering the miserable early returns (not even Die Hard could make much of a splash), hopefully things will get set right. Roland Emmerich is usually completely over-the-top - and even though certain things push the believability envelope - overall, I was happy with the result.