DVD Review: White House Down
It’s official, Channing Tatum is the new Bruce Willis. Sure, Gerald Butler may have saved the White House first, but like Bruce in Die Hard, when the going gets tough, Channing gets undressed and runs around in a white singlet. If you’ve seen the Gerald Butler lead Olympus Has Fallen, then you know the basic plot for White House Down. Terrorists take over the white house in oder to force the President to do something they want him too. Of course these terrorists didn’t factor in the presence of singlet wearing Channing, playing a DC Cop who just happens to be at the White House following and unsuccessful interview (with the always captivating Maggie Gyllenhaal) to become a part of the Presidential Protection.
Ironic then that Mr Singlet becomes the only person capable of protecting POTUS.
Other than Bruce Willis interpretations, White House Down goes one better than Olympus because director Roland Emmerich focusses on the buddy aspect and makes Jamie Foxx’s President a very capable and occasionally funny sidekick for Channing.
Emmerich who is normally seen taking the world to the brink before saving it, doesn’t let the single location, building restricted story get in the way of massive explosions and intense blockbuster set pieces. Sadly it’s Emmerich’s penchant for the big that steers White House Down into murky waters, taking what was an enjoyable popcorn action flick and letting it meander during it’s last act as conspiracy after conspiracy is uncovered wrapping up everything oh so nicely to a simplistic conclusion that will have any patriotic American balling their eyes out.
Still, for all it’s flaws, it’s a solid Emmerich outing and he delivers everything you’d expect him to, proving a couple of hours entertained, albeit rather temporarily.
Rating: M Violence and offensive language.