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    Attended a Tuesday night showing of White House Down at the Ward Theater.

    The movie has a mixture of action that involves lots of guns a blazing, things blowing up, a car chase in a small area, humorous sayings and trivia about the White House, not to mention 3 guys get to be President of the United States in the span of 2 hours.

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    Wasn't that movie released a few months ago as "Olympus Has Fallen"?
    Now run along and play, but donít get into trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amati View Post
    Wasn't that movie released a few months ago as "Olympus Has Fallen"?
    While both movies have the same theme (and I have seen Olympus Has Fallen) they differ in the type of bad guys, how they staged the attack, what they were after, even the hero character was different as well as the kid sidekick that the hero was trying to protect.

    Olympus Has Fallen had a more serious nature to the movie while White House Down had a good number of humorous scenes to lighten the mood of the movie.

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    White House Down (2013)
    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllanhaal, James Woods. Directed by Roland Emmerich.

    One of the nice things about a movie like White House Down is that if you have seen the trailer, you pretty much know what to expect: lots of guns, explosions, smart-alecky remarks, and tension. I suppose for a lot of people, itís the execution of those things in some kind of magic combination that determines whether or not the film is successful. I donít dislike gunfights or funny one-liners in the face of mortal danger (although I do dislike chase scenes, as a rule), but what makes a movie like this good for me is the stuff that happens in between the action sequences. Give me characters I like, dialogue thatís interesting and (given the circumstances) believable, and some kind of big-picture theme to think about, and Iím pretty happy.

    Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx on the marquee offer the potential to satisfy me on that level. If the material isnít dumb, theyíll probably be pretty good, and thatís what they are. Tatum as an action star works for me because he knows how to be a normal guy, too, something the action stars of the Eighties seriously lacked. Iím not a fan of writing him as the father of a young girl held hostage in the White House, but at least the girl isnít super-annoying. Tatumís character, in fact, is given a little bit more of an interesting backstory than one might have predicted for a film of this sort. Foxx is his usual charming self, and it mostly works for this film, Ďthough the point was made by my friend that he could have been any handsome, charming actor and nothing in the film would be different. Totally agree.

    Thereís a bit more to the film than is presented in the trailer, and even though the villain is revealed about midway through the film, his true plan isnít realized until much later, in a pretty smart plot that I for one did not see coming. Itís not in The Sixth SenseĎs league for plot revelation, but it is pleasantly somewhat out of the ordinary. The important thing is that itís pretty easy here to like and root for Tatumís character, and Foxx is pleasant company for him, and Maggie Gyllenhaal a nice (if not especially daring) choice for an ally on the outside of the White House.

    What Iím trying to say, I guess, is that this movie doesnít suck. In fact, itís a few notches better than it really had to be, and I appreciate that. Itís kind of fun, and kind of interesting, and not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

    7/10 (IMDb rating)
    71/100 (Criticker rating)

    RE: Olympus has Fallen vs. White House Down: I haven't seen the former, but a friend of mine who has says Olympus has Fallen makes White House Down look like Shakespeare.

    And don't forget that there was a similar theme in the G.I. Joe sequel. I haven't seen that one either, but I suspect it makes Olympus Has Fallen look like Shakespeare.
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