Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in “White House Down”
For every good seemingly intelligent blockbuster that is released, there is always that unintelligent film featuring a similar plot line that is with-a-doubt attached to the hip of the intellectually superior film. It is a burden for the better film because one can’t be brought up without the other in any conversation thereafter. We’ve seen it with Dante’s Peak (1997) and Volcano (1997), as well as with Armageddon (1998) and Deep Impact (1998). One studio sees another making a film with a decent idea and decides they want to do the same. It is then forever up to audiences which film will be the one bringing home the bucks and which one the studios will be wishing they never made in the first place. This time around its Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. Having already reviewed Olympus Has Fallen its time to put White House Down on the chopping block.
John Cale (Channing Tatum) is a capitol cop who upon picking up his daughter Emily (Joey King) from his ex-wife Jenna (Jackie Geary), stops at the White House to apply for a job in the secret service. However, he went to college with Carol Finerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and upon walking in the door she tells reminds him he is incapable of finishing anything and denies him the job outright. John is ready to leave, but his daughter Emily whom appears to be an expert on all things White House related insists they take a tour of the president’s Humble abode. What the two didn’t expect to happen was for mercenaries to storm place and take command. John and Emily are separated in the chaos and while trying to locate his daughter John winds up saving President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). A would be Barrack Obama dealing with the crisis in the Middle East.
From here its explosion after massive explosion and it begins to make one wonder who can blow up more shit Roland Emmerich Or Michael Bay? Because there isn’t a whole lot of investigating as to why this happened in the first place and why someone would want to attack the White House in the first place? It’s a museum as old as humanity itself housing nothing of real importance except for the president and a fallout bunker.
Jason Clarke and James woods also appear in this travesty of a film; Clarke as the Mercenary leader and woods as the president’s head of security Walker. Clarke is a good and believable Mercenary that can also be quite scary and effective in some scenes. Woods’ Walker on the other hand I question why the character exists in the first place? He’s retiring and that’s about the extent of his two-dimensional character that isn’t anything, but an old man in the way of things. Needless to say, that the twist in this movie is also repetitive and flat out boring. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Carol Finerty is nothing more than a cut-and-paste version of her Dark Knight Character Rachel Dawes she just works for the president instead of a firm. Channing Tatum’s John Cale does in fact end this movie with a job, but that’s it. There is no closure with his ex-wife, let alone any major character development. He becomes the guy who saved the president and that’s about the extent of it other than a few one-liners that were meant to be funny, but ultimately fall flat. Jamie Foxx’s president Sawyer would rather make an appearance in some kid’s video blog instead of running the country, like he’s paid to do.
Sadly White House Down is indeed the worst of the two presidential movies that came out this year. Olympus Has Fallen, not only kept my attention, but featured characters that one could care about as well. White House Down is not recommend; in fact I’d pass on it and watch Disney’s latest bomb The Lone Ranger instead