White House Down is the type of film that you don’t see very often these days – it’s fun. Films are all too often labelled and put in to genres, action, horror, comedy or they’re combined with other genres creating rom coms, action thrillers and other such like all encompassing titles which seek to tell the audience exactly what they should expect and how they should react. Going to see “White House Down” I was expecting to see another “Olympus Has Fallen” which was released only a few months ago. However originality aside, I got a cinema experience that left me with a smile on my face and much to talk about with anyone who had been there.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this film is not a cinematic masterpiece, it’s not Citizen Kane and it isn’t going to redefine film as we know it. What it is though is honest, fair and undeniably enjoyable. What more do you expect from the director who also brought us “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow” ?
Our story focuses on ex army and currently semi security guard Cale, played by Channing Tatum. He and his daughter Emily, played by Joey King, are at the White House having a tour when suddenly it is taken over by criminals who kill all of the security team who are meant to protect President Sawyer, who’s played by Jamie Foxx.
With everyone who could help stuck on the outside it’s up to Cale to make sure President Sawyer survives, while also trying to keep his daughter safe.
It’s a predictable plot about good versus evil and it has all the clichés. Hero able to avoid every single shot, a spectacular amount of deaths, useless people in a position of power, one person on the outside who believes in the person inside. Essentially it’s Die Hard, presidential edition, although obviously not as good as the brilliant Bruce Willis series.
The stars play both their parts well with Foxx possibly being the coolest President ever in a film. Tatum manages to bring some depth to his overall ‘hunky hero’ character which makes you root for him when he faces the many absurd situations. He also gets his top off which is great news if you are into that sort of thing.
Honestly, if I could give any advice I would say wait for this film to come out on dvd and watch it with your friends. While you won’t see anything you haven’t seen before you will end up chatting and laughing all throughout it. If you love films such as Die Hard then this is a film for you.