Rated: PG-13 for strong violence and language throughout. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 22, 2013 Released by: Film District
Gerald Butler's Mike Banning plays Bruce Willis from Die Hard and Clint Eastwood from In The Line of Fire but not in Nakatomi Plaza he is in the White House.
How the situation comes about is not important this film is so patriotic it could have been a WWII propaganda film. But that's not bad, audiences will love watching Butler knock off many North Korean terrorists lead by Kang (Rick Yume) who have captured the White House along with the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Advisor.
Director Fuqua is not looking for a great film but he succeeds in giving us solid action in a script filled with tongue-in-cheek jokes and James Bond skills at putting down the bad guys.
Butler early on allows the first lady to be killed in an automobile accident and has become a back up for secret service at the White House. From his fall back position at Treasury he observes the attack on the White House which comes from the ground and air. Loyal to a fault and having become close to the President's son (Finley Jacobsen) he jumps into action. His past time at the White House gives him a clear understanding of where things are and how to short circuit the hostage takers.
The evil North Korean wants the US to withdraw from the 49th parallel and move the 7th fleet away from Korea. Aaron Eckhart is President Benjamin Asher, Ashley Judd is his wife who only appears in a few scenes at the beginning.
Morgan Freeman is house speaker Trumbull who finds himself in charge of the United States through succession, when the President and Vice President are incapacitated. As usual he is quite convincing as a capable leader who has some tough decisions to make. The most difficult is should he bow to the demands or allow the President to be killed.
Melissa Leo is the Secretary of Defense who take a few kicks and punches while cursing Kang and protecting the nuclear codes. Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs is played by Angela Bassett and brings a calm voice to the War Room. Robert Forster is the head military guy who raises the ire of Trumbull and Dylan McDermott is agent Forbes who is not impressed with President Asher.
I think this film deserves a B+ not because it's that well done but because it draws wonderful audience reaction perhaps because we are all very protective of the White House even more than the pentagon. Cheers will ring out as each bad guy bites the dust, it's like waving the flag, which director Fugua does quite effectively, in front of American audiences turned on by victory over terrorists. Cheers from the audience are natural and well deserved.
This is a pop-corn movie filled with action, violence, fun and a story line we can all be happy with.
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