Movie review: White House Down (2013)

It is so coincidentally that there are two movies released this year that are based on attack to the White House. First, is the ‘Olympus Has Fallen’. I had watched that and it’s quite a good movie with great and breathtaking action-packed sequences. Not long after that, here comes another movie; ‘White House Down’. The only difference between the two is that the former encountered a foreign terrorist attack while the latter is done by an inside job. ‘White House Down’ is directed by Roland Emmerich and stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, etc.


The story follows on a Capitol policeman who wished to be employed into the Secret Service had a tour of the White House with his young daughter. He gets into action to save his child and at the same time, to protect the President from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. The story is quite engaging and there is adequate amount of character development to the main characters, particularly to Cale, portrayed by Channing Tatum. He has been on a lot of big-budget movies recently. That proves that he is one big Hollywood star on the rise now.

Compared to the ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘White House Down’ isn’t bloody or that explosive. Not that impacting. However, it still delivers on its amount of actions particularly gun fights since I find everyone is heavily armed in the White House. I couldn’t take off my mind of comparing these two films which are basically telling almost the similar things. But one extra good point that I found from this ‘White House Down’ is that there are certain  humour in between the President (Jamie Foxx) with Cale when they are escaping from the invaders. Hence, there are some funny parts in the midst of intense actions. Hmm…there are several ‘wow’ moments from this one, but just not sufficient enough. Things didn’t go over the top when it should be for film like this.


The actions from this film aren’t as crazy as those seen in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’. I only managed to hear a lot of shootings and loud noises from this one which isn’t that dramatic as compared to ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ which goes into much interesting cat-and-mouse game in a dark mansion. Channing Tatum delivered quite a strong performance in this one while on the other hand, Jamie Foxx is a bit of a let down. I prefer another guy to take on the role of the President. The character of Cale’s daughter is also quite silly and sometimes I find her annoying too. Maggie Gyllenhaal is good. The visuals are quite good (particularly of the explosion of Capitol Building), as expected from Roland’s standard.

Roland did proven that he managed to pull off movies in other genre other than only focusing on his disaster-based movies following his success on his previous works like ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘2012’. But there are still something slacking from this movie. The last scene is quite terrible. It’s that easy to unlock the nuclear weapon that could contributes to the next world war? Impossible. Please try something far more harder, climatic or challenging. Nevertheless, it’s still a good effort and the movie turns out to be quite a good piece of entertainment. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘White House Down’ a total of 7.4. Same rating I have given to ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ earlier.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


2 Responses to “Movie review: White House Down (2013)”

  1. It’s a very dumb movie, but I had fun with it and that’s all that mattered for me. Good review Vincent.

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