Sound Off: Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down' - Your Thoughts?

June 28, 2013

White House Down

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.

Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this film!

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!

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  • Tey
    The explosions are so fake!
  • What sort of gun is that the bodyguard has? And why don't we all have one?
  • Die Hard in the Whitehouse but slightly better than Olympus Has Fallen. I enjoyed it.
  • OAKside
    I watched a clip from Foxx's appearance on Letterman, and it was terrible. Everything seemed so amateurish, it looked like a spoof. Tatum was driving a limo, Foxx firing an RPG out of the window, insert B-movie explosion. "Directed by action master Roland Emmerich." I guess that explains it: Master Emmerich strikes again.
  • Justin
    I thought White House Down was good........action was decent and a little comedy.......overall i thought Olympus has Fallen was better overall action wise and more intense throughtout the movie.....
  • Adolf
    It's ridiculous enough that community organizer Obama is president FOR REAL but no way in h•ll does Jamie Foxx even remotely play leader of the free world without a collective WTF?! The movie feels like amateur hour and a grab for my wallet. Someone get Roland Emmerichs account number at the Bundesbank in Germany. - I want my $11.50 refunded and a photo of the Normandy graves sent to Roland.
    • Shane
      I'd say that's your fault for deciding to shell out the $11.50, did you even watch the trailers? Had red box written all over it.
  • Once you realize that it's meant to be hilarious, it's thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed it.
  • Cs
    Overall, I enjoyed it. The real problem is that Olympus has fallen came out first and was so much better.




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