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White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | | 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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28 June 2013 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$73,103,784 (USA) (13 September 2013)
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Trivia

James Woods, an outspoken Hollywood conservative who has criticized President Barack Obama on multiple occasions, plays a right-wing government official who plots to kill Jamie Foxx's President Sawyer, a character who has been cited as an analogue of Obama. See more »

Goofs

It is very difficult, perhaps impossible, to knock out an M1A2 Abrams tank with an RPG-7 from the front as in the film. The front armor of an Abrams is extremely thick and lined with several materials to prevent such a penetration.

Although RPGs have been known to damage Abrams tanks, these are impacts on weak points of the tank, and would not have caused the tank to explode as the film depicts. See more »

Quotes

Stenz: Your little bitch says you're gonna put me in jail!
[a few minutes later, Stenz has the upper hand]
Stenz: I'm gonna *carve my name into your chest*!
[a few minutes later, Cale has the upper hand]
Cale: No jail for you, you little bitch!
Stenz: NO... NO... NO
[blows up Stenz with a belt of unpinned grenades]
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.104 (2013) See more »

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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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