White House Down [2013]: Must it Always be America?

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I’m scheduled to do movie reviews, a job that I always like. With the whole lineup of new movies this summer, I’m only afraid that my wallet can’t keep up.

I’ve always wanted to see White House Down ever since I saw the trailer. And I never regretted the 5 bucks I spent on the tickets. I thought it was gonna be like Olympus Has Fallen, but it’s different. Yeah, it does involve terrorists taking over the White House (geez, I feel sorry for the White House, getting invaded on a daily basis), but White House Down has a more realistic touch to it, unlike the one-man army that is Gerard Butler. Oh before I forget, it was directed by Roland Emmerich, the genius who brought us Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow.

Plot

Cale (Channing Tatum) is a Capitol policeman whose life is well… pretty boring. He has problems with his daughter and has a slow job. One day, when applying for a job at the Secret Service, he takes his daughter, Emily, who is obsessed with American politics to the White House. He fails his interview and then sneaks into a tour group just so he can satisfy his daughter. They even get to meet President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) and Emily gets to take a video for her YouTube channel. But just as things seemed to go well, you guessed it, with a boom here and a boom there, the White House falls into the hands of a terrorist group. It’s now Cale’s job to save the White House, save the President, and save his daughter in one fell swoop.

What I Say

What blew:

  • The “taking over the White House” theme is pretty much getting abused these days.
  • That’s pretty much the only thing.

What rocked:

  • There’s much comedy blended with the action, as you would expect from any Emmerich movie. There are a few memorable moments that really tickled my funny bone. There was that scene when the President was wearing Air Jordans and a terrorist happened to grab his leg, and the President kicked his face shouting “Keep your hands off my Jordans!” And the garden runaway part, when the President handled a rocket launcher in front of every TV station in Washington. “Well, that’s something you don’t see everyday…”  Basically, the President is the center of comedy, Cale is the center of action, and Emily is the center of all those fluffy feelings we get when we see a child hero on the internet.
  • Unlike Olympus Has Fallen, there’s a lot more reality attached to White House Down. Let’s say when the terrorists invaded. They didn’t come from the outside; instead, they were on the inside, which made much more sense than trying to storm the most protected building on Earth. And again, Cale is not a one-man army who just busts the heads of anyone who crosses him.
  • There’s a plot twist at the end!

Verdict

A highly recommended movie to watch, especially if you like the works of Roland Emmerich. There’s action, situational comedy, and a touch of humanity at the end. A great movie to watch on weekends.

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