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This is one of two movies released to cinemas in 2013 with the same premise: the garrisoning of the White House by criminals who hold the President hostage. The other is Olympus Has Fallen (2013). See more »
Emily asks the president about 22 Arab nations in the region especially the conflict in Pakistan. Pakistan is not Arab even if it is Muslim, and neither is Iran, the distant target of most actions in the film. See more »
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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