Ac­tion brings the house

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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



( 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.

PACK­ING HEAT: There’s no short­age of gunfi re in White House Down.

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