Starring: Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director: Roland Emmerich
Running Time: 131 mins
White House Down is an American film about a fictional invasion and terrorist attack on the White House in 2014, where the President is assumed dead, and one police officer must fight to save the United States from total meltdown.
This was possibly the cheesiest action movie I’ve ever seen. It involved absolutely everything that was designed to be ‘cool’. There were cheesy lines while loading guns and throwing grenades, there were last-second saves from nuclear launches, and everything as and more cheesy in between.
Also, this film did have a very fun and entertaining element to it. I’m sure it inspired great national patriotism and heroism for the Americans watching this film, but for me, all of the completely over-the-top CGI effects and explosions made it consistently exciting and entertaining to watch, as if I was playing a computer game.
However, the main issue with this film was the fact that the story was incredibly poorly written. For all of the brilliance with the super-duper blockbuster action, when you’ve got a storyline that doesn’t really gel at all, it was not at all interesting to watch in the periods where there was no action, and just negotiating, which was very boring.
I also have to add that this film did eventually go too far with a total farce regarding the swearing in of 3, yes THREE, new Presidents in one day, and although it was a good fun ride, it had a poor story, so that’s why it gets a 6.8 from me.