White House Down: Not as bad as it looksJuly 1st, 2013 at 1:46 pm by Stephanie Cooke under The Hampton Roads Show, THRS Movie Reviews
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for White House Down.
Now playing in theaters across Hampton Roads.
If you are like me, when you saw previews for White House Down, you thought… That looks terrible. I’m here to tell you; it’s not that bad.
Here’s the jist of the story: Channing Tatum plays divorced dad John Cale, a one-time Iraq-War vet now serving on the security detail for the Speaker of the House.
He’s had a rough patch being able to be there for his 11-year-old daughter Emily (Joey King) – whose personal hero is the President of the United States. Cale lands an interview for the President’s security detail and decides to take Emily with him for a tour after the interview.
Little do they know an elaborate plan to take over the White House and blow up (essentially) the world is underway. Before long Cale is working along side the President (Jamie Foxx) to save him (and them) all.
I’m not a fan of Channing Tatum; I am a fan of Jamie Foxx (when he puts on the I-can-act hat). Neither of these actors are particularly great in this film, but they do give enough to make them believable although the characters themselves remain rather thin throughout. Not surprisingly, little Emily is repeatedly the hero. She’s not scared of the terrorists.
Director Roland Emmerich is no stranger to blowing things up that mean something to Americans. From Independence Day to the end-of-the-world flick 2012, he manages to destroy all that is sacred. In White House Down, he blows the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to bits in the first 15 minutes (something you’ve no doubt seen a million times in the trailer) before proceeding to take out room after room of historic significance in the White House.
The story itself is preposterous, but somehow plausible. The fact that Cale and the President survive in scene after scene is preposterous, but somehow believable. The explosions and shoot-em-up scenes are larger than life, but somehow we buy it. And, despite the fact that I thought this was going to be tremendously unbearable based on the trailer, I was pleasantly surprised that I found myself able to sit through the entire film, and come out on the other side fairly entertained.
White House Down is not the best film of the summer by any stretch, but you won’t ask for your money back. In fact, you may just look forward to the day it permeates cable channels on Sunday afternoons so you can catch the explosions and one-liners whenever you want.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES