If you’re looking for an original film, with great acting, a serious script and a sensible plot then boy are you going to be disappointed with White House Down!
If, on the other hand, you, like me, saw the trailer and thought ‘that looks fun!’ then buckle up for a brilliantly ridiculous action flick with its tongue firmly wedged in its cheek.
Real life friends Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum are clearly having a ball running around The White House armed with wit, massive guns, righteous indignation and, briefly, a rocket launcher!
The plot, such as it is: An ex-soldier [Channing Tatum] takes his 11-year-old daughter on a tour of The White House which promptly comes under attack from a band of indiscriminately foreign criminals led by the President’s retiring head of security [James Woods] – don’t you just hate it when that happens?!
Naturally, Tatum is the only one who can manage to protect the President, and obviously, his daughter gets kidnapped but not before posting a video of the terrorists on her YouTube blog.
Throw in the usual inept FBI agents, professional criminals who rarely hit their target, far-fetched sub-plots and a disturbingly calm mother and you’re pretty much there.
But that’s not a bad thing! This is a fun, completely implausible action movie in the ’80s mould but with 2013 technology and a sense of humour.
Like Die-Hard, but even dumber, in other words, it’s a blast!