White House Down (2013)

White House Down (2013)

2013 PG-13 131 Minutes

Action | Drama | Thriller

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • WHAT I LIKED: It is true that there's more social commentary in Roland Emmereich's 'White House Down,' than you might expect, as the story's attempted take-down of its anti-war president (Jamie Foxx) turns out to be the work of his political rivals who are profiteering from the arms trade. But that's not really saying much, because what you're expecting is ultimately an absurd disaster movie with bags of gung-ho action, a plot with ridiculously innumerable twists and turns, and plenty of cheesy sentimentality, and that is certainly what you get. That's no bad thing though; it's just an extremely campy way of engaging you in a plot's goings on and the characters that populate it.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: All of that does certainly make for more laughs than it does tension or excitement.

    VERDICT: Despite a surprising whiff of political commentary, Roland Emmereich's 'White House Down,' is pretty much the silly, over the top romp you'd expect, and that's no bad thing.