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White House Down - Film Review

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Published September 4th 2013
White House Down Movie Review


If you're a disaster film fan, then perhaps you'll be a fan of director Roland Emmerich's newest disaster movie. After Independence Day in 1996, The Day After Tomorrow in 2004 and 2012 in 2009, comes White House Down in 2013.

The action starts early on in the movie with the Capitol building been blown up. At the same time, a Capitol Hill police officer, John Cale (Channing Tatum), who has just been rejected from a job as the security guard for the President (Jamie Foxx), is on the White House tour with his daughter Emily (Joey King). While the paramilitary group commandeers the White House, Cale 'runs' into the President and becomes his protector. Then, of course, the usual ending applies.

There are car chases, shooting scenes, helicopter explosions and hide and seek with guns at the White House, making this a very entertaining movie to watch. However, I thought to myself afterwards, is this meant to be a buddy comedy or an action thriller? Well, if it is a buddy comedy, then it's failed miserably, though the rest of the movie goers disagree (judging from the laughter during the movie).

I must say, Foxx isn't a very convincing president, but all in all, this movie was entertaining. There are moments of excitement and the movie doesn't waste time in getting into the action. I did enjoy it, but like many other action films, it didn't make a lasting impression. With lots of action, cliché dialogues and some bad comedy, it is worth seeing but don't forget the popcorn and frozen coke.
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