Action brings the house
THERE is some magnifi cent trash to be treasured in White House Down. Action fans who want nothing more than a rush, a laugh and a lot of cartoonish collateral damage should book their tickets now.
The following scene alone should seal the deal for anyone who might doubt the deliriously dim- witted charm of this movie.
There’s the president of the United States, hanging out the passenger window of an armour- plated limo, speeding across the spacious front lawns of the White House. An SUV full of mercenaries is in hot pursuit.
The president ( Jamie Foxx) is also brandishing a rocket launcher. I repeat, the president is packing serious heat.
As you should gathered by now, White
WHITE HOUSE DOWN ( M)
( House Down is not a movie to be taken seriously. It is a movie to be taken in by.
Resistance is useless. Logistics are irrelevant. It’s all about the bang- bang- bang, the boom- boom- boom, and Channing Tatum getting his Die Hard groove on.
Tatum plays John Cale – not uncoincidentally, whose name is just a few
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods
letters shy of that of Bruce Willis’ character in Die Hard, John McClane.
This hulking young fellow is a low- ranking Congressional bodyguard who somehow fi nds himself the sole protector of President Sawyer when the White House comes under an unprecedented terrorist attack. The bad guys have been hand- picked for the job by forces displeased with the president’s handling of military operations in the Middle East.
Every single one of them is wanted by either the FBI, CIA or Interpol for earlier works of mayhem ( some actually performed while on the US black- ops’ payroll).
Without revealing too much, the villains take over the White House with ridiculous ease. Oh, and those who survived the initial storming of the White House are being held captive for possible use as human shields – among them Cale’s 11- year- old daughter Emily ( Joey King).
Performances in White House Down are nothing to write home about, nor complain about. Tatum ( Usain Bolt- like in his ability to out- run unfriendly fi re) and Foxx ( Barack Obama- like with a streetsmart twist) have the right chemistry to match the material.
There is no other apt way of putting it: White House Down is big, dumb fun.
You may not be intellectually challenged by its contents – at one point Cale and Sawyer try and escape via a secret tunnel JFK supposedly used for dalliances with Marilyn Monroe – but you will never be bored.