Flash Movie Review: White House Down

Even if one has not visited an iconic building, they can still be upset upon its destruction. When I travel to a new city I always seek out buildings of historic significance. Whether it is an ancient structure or a world renowned architect’s masterpiece, I enjoy seeing the architecture in every place I visit. I have only seen the Capital in Washington, DC from the outside; yet, I felt a twinge of sadness when it came under terrorist attack in this explosive action film. During the horrific incident John Cale, played by Channing Tatum (Side Effects, Magic Mike) and his daughter Emily, played by Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful, Crazy Stupid Love) were taking a tour of the White House. With President James Sawyer, played by Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) in residence, the building went into lockdown mode. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time; but for who, as the attackers were not counting on someone like John Cale being in the White House. My sadness over the destruction of the Capitol was overshadowed by my dread over the ridiculous script for this film. It did not know whether to be an exciting action drama or a high stakes comedy. Some of the dialog was utterly looney, with no help from Channing and Jamie. Thrown into this mess was Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Won’t Back Down) as secret service agent Finnerty, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Step Brothers) as politician Raphelson and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless) as terrorist Stenz. I felt bad for these three individuals being stuck in this uninspired movie. To its favor, the film had good explosions and fights. If the writers had kept the story presidential without the attempted humor, I think this would have been a better film. Also, I was annoyed when the good guy characters did ignorant things; I felt as if the writers were underestimating the viewers’ intelligence. If you have nothing else to do and have never taken a tour of the White House, I suppose there would be no harm in watching this film. One of the funniest things to me was reading the credits, where I saw the film was filmed in Montreal, Canada. There were several scenes with blood and violence.

1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 2, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Oh goodness, I couldn’t even watch the trailer! Funny that the film was filmed in Canada.

  2. It does seem like a premise that’s been done to death. I appreciate your exact measurement of 1 and 7/8ths stars! πŸ™‚

  3. LOL! I appreciate your exact measurement as well! πŸ™‚

    • OMG thank you so much for leaving a comment. I meant to give this film 1 3/4 stars. Though I give quarter stars, if I start splitting them into eighths I will drive myself crazy.

      • True, it might be too much work if you have to get that exact with star-splitting! I thought by giving it 7/8ths you were saying that you really wanted to like this movie; it just didn’t deliver! I think I may still see it because I know going in it ain’t Shakespeare and my expectations will be for a fun flick. Although I see from your Much Ado review that even Shakespeare is no guarantee of a good movie! Thanks for always colorful reviews. It helps me as a movie buff as I try to figure out what movies are worth seeing. Take care, Ruth πŸ™‚

      • Hi Ruth, thank you for your comments. I am glad I am able to guide you to some good films.

  4. Thanks for tolerating and reviewing this dreadful film so we don’t have to! πŸ˜‰
    Hope you’re enjoying a happy and safe Independence Day.

    • Thank you so much for the holiday wishes; I wish the same to you. It is funny; thinking this was one of the worst films I have seen for some time and I just saw a movie that beats it in the bad category. The review will be coming out tomorrow. Take care Lindy.

  5. Interesting one … following so closely on the heels of “Olympus”… Nice review! Thanks!

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