Sound Off: Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
June 28, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I lost the rocket launcher." Now playing in theaters is White House Down, the second White House action movie this year after Olympus Has Fallen, this one directed by action master Roland Emmerich. Jamie Foxx plays the President, and Channing Tatum as his unlikely protector. Other stars include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joey King as Emily and out of nowhere, James Woods. Is it one of Emmerich's best movies, or one of his worst? How are Tatum & Foxx together? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on White House Down.
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To fuel the rocket launcher, I thoroughly enjoyed White House Down. At first it took me a little bit to figure out if it knew it was that dumb of a movie, but I finally got on-board and went along for the rest of the hilarious but entertaining action ride. It felt like Emmerich's original 90's action, the kind where you turn off your brain for 2 hours and just laugh at every crazy, insane, that-can't-happen moment of absurdity, from the dialogue to the action. I thought I was going to hate the villain, or the tech guy (who was pointless), but I didn't. It is totally the Die Hard in the White House - a random guy walking in gets locked in and becomes the hero, saves a building and its hostages, takes out bad guys, blows shit up. We watch and enjoy.
What did you think of Emmerich's White House Down? Action excellence or an epic disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!