WHITE HOUSE DOWN! : Whilst on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol police officer engages himself into action. In order to save his child and protect the president of the United States from a heavily armed group of paramilitary evil invaders.
In today's review, I will be reviewing White House Down, an action thriller adventure released in cinema's last year. Now 2013 was a sort of similar movies year if you come to think about it. For example you had 'This is the end' and 'The Worlds End'. Which are both connected by an Armageddon storyline.
You also had 'Olympus has Fallen' and 'White House Down'. If you asked to compare the two films together. I would say that the story premise is very similar if not completely. Think about it, 'White House gets attacked by terrorists, The president gets kidnapped, hero comes to save the day'.
It's very similar if not completely the same story premise just told in a different way. It does sort of make me feel that there's not many new ideas coming in, and so in order to make a film nowadays its either a reboot of something old like 'Robocop' or another idea from a different film told in a different way which is what 'White House Down' is essentially.
It's your stereotypical Die Hard, hard hitting action thriller with lots of physical motion and grit to it. To make it all the more appealing to the audience, backed up by mind blowing special effects and dramatic soundtrack for an overall thrilling emphasis.
That's not to say that 'White House Down' is a bad film. the fact of it being unoriginal is true. But I actually liked the script a lot and I liked the way it was acted out. It was a great drama to watch on the big screen, and it was really funny. I mean there is one bit in the film where Jamie Fox gets out a bazooka and blasts a gate. You just think, what your watching is outrageous and unexpected, you think 'whoa, a president with a rocket launcher. I want to see that'.
It doesn't surprise me how Channing Tatum's character suddenly feels when things are going wrong in the white house, to take all the pressure on his shoulders and go out his way, to rescue the president. Full well knowing he could get killed. I just sat there thinking this and following the film thinking that 'what the hell is going on?'
Whats so unrecognisable about White House Down is the simplicity of it, people don't get that it's actually funny. It's contemplated by all the serious action. I for on, thought that this film should of been a comedy, and stretch the boundaries to be like all the other comedies out there. It's still a lot of fun though.
Here's a clip.
As far as this film was received, I was one of few coming out of the cinema actually enjoyed it. It wasn't very well received amongst general public at all, not to mention it flopped in America and it just didn't work and people didn't like it. I personally think most people just got the wrong end of the stick. If you take it too seriously then that will spoil ones enjoyment of the film.
I think because I didn't take it too seriously, I could just go with the flow and laugh with it. The Story is that of Capitol Police Officer John Cale 'Channing Tatum' who has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer 'Jamie Fox'. Not wanting to let his daughter down with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House.
However when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's miraculously up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. By looks of things the responsibility could not be higher.
My only big gripe with it was the pace of it, and the timing. Not great at all, It was all a bit too long in the end, 131 minutes is a tall order of time for someone to intake. Especially with all the random stuff you got going on in 'White House Down'. Gun Fights, Rocket Launchers, Big Explosions, Helicopters, Graphic Violence and all the jokes. I just think you could cut all this down into 90 minutes and it would be just as good, if not better, at least that way you feel it isn't taking up too much of your time.
As overall basis to rap things up, I'd be cautious about this film. It isn't all that you'd expect. It is very random on so many levels, both good and bad. 6/10.
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