Rated: PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 28, 2013 Released by: Columbia Pictures
Good old summer movies generally are meant to enjoy and not tax our head with important subjects. White House Down is a summer movie that will be around over the years on TV. Most of the summer fair is easily forgotten the major exception being Jaws which filled the warm season screens in 1975.
White House Down fits right in the warm season as it allows Channing Tatum to imitate Bruce Willis as the never give up guy who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tatum and Joey King who plays, Emily his very bright daughter are pulled into a national crisis when he secures White House tour passes so daughter Emily can see her hero president Sawyer's (Jamie Foxx).
Maggie Gyllenhaal helps to solve the conspiracy, while Richard Jenkins as the Speaker and James Woods challenge the Presidents policies in the middle east.
The story line is way over the top, bad guys get into the White House and capture the President just as Tatum and his daughter are on the tour. Tatum is captured by the intruders along with the other tourists but Emily eludes capture by taking a bathroom break. She also uses her telephone camera to help the folks outside attempt to help the President.
Fox and Tatum become a force to recon with, Tatum with his military and police training and Fox using his determination overcoming his lack of combat experience. Emily knows more than the tour guide about the White House and that helps as the plot against The President's administration unfolds.
The breakdown of security is far-fetched but once we get over that, the film is filled with spectacular action and comical situations even when they appear to become serious.
Nicolas Wright plays Donnie the guide who slowly becomes more determined to help resolve the crisis. He is an expert on the valuable collections in the White House and attempts to salvage each piece of historical value as the invaders fight with the secret service and the hero Tatum. In reality the white House guides are members of the secret service.
The thin plot revolves around revenge for dead soldiers and the division in foreign policy which can either become an all out war in the Middle East or an attempt by the President to pull all sides together to end the violence in Arab countries.
There are action filled scenes but probably what is best in the comic overtone which permeates the Tatum/Foxx relationship, most of that is delivered by Jamie Foxx.
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