LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles on Roland Emmerich's White House Down.
In White House Down, Jamie Foxx plays the President of the United States. Channing Tatum plays a Capitol Police officer with an interview to join the Secret Service. He takes his daughter along and while they are at the White House, the terrorists strike. The terrorists take over the White House, blow up the U.S. Capitol and throw the structure of our government into chaos.
The movie plays like Die Hard, which is okay because Die Hard is a great movie that serves as a model for most wrong place, wrong time, stop the terrorists action movies. Channing Tatum even plays a wise cracking, tank top t-shirt, dress pants wearing hero as though he were Bruce Willis.
I didn't have high expectations for this movie mostly because I'm not a huge Jamie Foxx fan. He's a fine actor but he doesn't seem genuine in his interviews, he seem like he takes himself too seriously. I'm also not a huge Channing Tatum fan. Foxx and Tatum have taken some riskier roles lately so I'm sure I'll warm up to them a little bit more. Director Roland Emmerich has made a career of destroying Washington D.C. landmarks so that added to my low expectations. The problem with low expectations though is that they can easily be exceeded and that's what White House Down did. It turned out to be a solid, easy to watch action film with enough humor to break the tension but still keep it an action-centered and enough tension to keep you interested.
The audience applauded and my wife liked it. What more do you want from a movie?
It's rated PG-13 for mostly violence and language. It's a militaristic violence, meaning that you don't see a lot of blood and none of it is particularly gruesome. The language is mostly limited to the lower-tier four letter words.
There was another film released earlier this year called Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler who finds himself in a similar situation. I've been asked which is better. My answer is that one is rated-R and the other is not. Otherwise, they're neck and neck.