When the White House gets taken over by a group of extremists and the president is in danger, who do you call for help? Tom Cruise? Bruce Willis? Will Smith? Nope, not this time. But no need to worry; America is in good hands because we got Channing Tatum! No, you didn’t read that wrong, it really is Mr. Magic Mike himself to the rescue in this action packed, funny, and somewhat silly film directed by Roland Emmerich.
“White House Down” stars Channing Tatum as John Cale, a Capitol Police Officer who is trying to accomplish two incredibly difficult goals: get a job with the Secret Service and please his very intelligent, but sassy eleven-year-old daughter, Emily (Joey King). To say that he’s having a really bad day is an understatement. First he gets turned down for the job by an old friend and possibly scorned ex lover, Agent Finnerty (Maggie Gyllenhaal). She pretty much calls him a loser that will never accomplish anything. Then while on a tour with Emily the White House is attacked and taken over by a group of crazy radicals. And if that’s not bad enough, Emily gets separated from dear ol’ dad and is eventually captured by the enemy. Armed with only his six-pack abs and wits, Cale must not only save his daughter, but also protect the president (Jamie Foxx) from these evil mercenaries.
There have been a lot of comparisons between “White House Down” and the earlier released “Olympus Has Fallen”. They both have similar plots- ok lets be real, their plots are identical. Both movies are about the White House being taken over by an evil group of bad guys with the help of a highly respected official turned traitor. It’s up to the big action star to save the president, a kid, and the White House while looking cool in the process. Now with that being said, there are also some big differences between the two films. Olympus was a very serious action/thriller, while “White House Down” is more of a fun, action/buddy movie with a splash of comedy. In other words, if “Olympus Has Fallen” was 2pac, then “White House Down” would be MC Hammer.
“White House Down” is a fun action flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tatum and Foxx have great chemistry and make a good team. Between their witty dialogue and very close calls, you actually end up rooting for these guys. While overall the movie is a little on the cheesy side, the mix of action and comedy more than makes up for it. The explosions are big and the one-liners are funny. If you are a fan of the “Die Hard” movies, then you will definitely enjoy this entertaining summer blockbuster.