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
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). Both movies also reference the White House fire of 1814. See more »
While in the basement oval room, where Cale and Sawyer appear to start parting ways, Cale asks Sawyer to make a promise. The caption has Sawyer saying "You got my word. Thanks, John" but he actually verbally says "You got my word. Thanks, Jeff". See more »
You can't do this! I am still the President of the United States!
Then consider this a coup d'état!
[to Gen. Caufield]
Get this trash off my lawn!
[as he is being dragged off]
You won't get away with this. I have friends, powerful friends!
And I'll make sure every single one of them joins you in prison!
You son of a bitch! You're not FIT to hold this office! You sold out this country by making a deal with the goddamn Arabs!
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Let me just begin by saying, this movie was worth the price of my ticket. But that might just be because I got my ticket at 50% off.
The world has seen millions of movies where USA comes under attack. This was probably just a rehash of every single one of those movies. There was nothing fresh, or new; there was no wow factor. Simply put, the producers probably just took a bunch of pre-molded "Lego blocks" that had already been overused in every other action movie, threw them all together, made a new movie, and called it "White House Down".
But that's not to say this movie was all bad. The undeniable chemistry between Tatum and Foxx was like a consolation for a 99.9% cliché storyline. The light humor between the two might have just given the audience a couple of time-outs from the heart-thumping moments during the movie's intense sequences, making the somewhat draggy, long-winded two-hour film a little easier to sit through. But as mentioned, a million clichés thrown together made the storyline absolutely predictable, so don't expect any twists.
In a nutshell, it's just a mashup of a whole series of music hits, in movie form. But oh well, at least the mashup was decently done.
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