Sunday, June 30 2013, 03:52 PM MDT
Movie Review: White House Down
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a serious action film so poorly conceived that it becomes one of the most entertaining comedies of the year.
Synopsis: A Capitol policeman with dreams of joining the secret service finds himself and his daughter caught in the middle of a terrorist attempt to kidnap the President of the United States.
Review: There’s no way around it; White House Down is mind-numbingly dumb. How James Vanderbilt, a writer with a resume that ranges from good (The Amazing Spider-Man) to excellent (Zodiac) could churn out the sort of script that telegraphs every single plot point is beyond me. How the cast was able to keep a straight face throughout the entire ordeal is another question entirely. At least the similarly plotted Olympus Has Fallen knew it could be taken seriously. Then again, White House Down is so misguided that it works wonderfully as a comedy. Certainly director Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day) and his cast thought they were making a drama, but that doesn’t mean that audiences have to take it seriously. Once I gave into to the ridiculousness I was thoroughly entertained. White House Down might be the funniest film of 2013; it’s a shame that it wasn’t intended to be.
-Ryan Michael Painter