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White House Down (2013)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  28 June 2013 (USA)
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While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

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Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Written by Columbia Pictures

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It Will Start Like Any Other Day.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image. | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,852,258 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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$73,103,784 (USA) (13 September 2013)
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Laeta Kalogridis, also producer, did uncredited work on the final shooting draft. See more »

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When Cale sets fire to the the White House, sprinklers are shown going off all over the house. This is a common movie mistake. Only sprinklers in the same room as the fire activate. See more »

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Donnie the Guide: [clubs terrorist to death with clock] Stop... hurting... my... White House! German mantle clock. Empire style.
[throws clock away]
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Op. 67
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Richard Edlinger and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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White House Propaganda
28 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is inevitable that White House Down be compared to Olympus Has Fallen. Unfortunately, it compares poorly from the title on down.

The special effects lack the realism of OHF.

The action sequences are disjointed and downright goofy at times.

The bad guys are cartoonish and you get no sense of satisfaction when they are put down.

The plot is too complicated by half and really is not relevant to the action.

The movie ends with a whimper and a SNL quality perp walk of the character who is ultimately responsible for all the carnage.

But the worst thing is the crude, amateurish and transparent Left vs. Right political message in which it drapes all the other sub par elements. It is a Progressive's wet dream that really couldn't be any more wacko if you gathered 100 of Huffington Posts's top Super Users in a room festooned pictures of Dick Cheney and GWB, fed them mushrooms, and asked them to come up with the motivation for the bad guys.

But Good Guys shooting bad guys is always good and so are explosions. If you ignore the channeling of Nancy Pelosi, then you might get your money's worth at a matinée showing.


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