Saturday, November 9, 2013

Jason versus White House Down

The second of two terrorists-take-over-the-White-House movies to come out in 2013, Roland Emmerich's wannabe blockbuster bombed in the wake of box office success Olympus Has Fallen -- and that movie was Rated R while this Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx vehicle was a family friendly PG-13. Which is the better flick? Stick with me!

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.

For about 75 per cent of its running time, White House Down is a better Die Hard movie than A Good Day to Die Hard. It's funny, action-packed and features decent turns by Tatum and Foxx. It's too bad the movie shifts into autopilot for the third act, because I had a blast for the first hour and 30 minutes.

What works? The action scenes are decent, although I prefer the brutality of Olympus Has Fallen, and the performances solid. Everything moves fast and Emmerich doesn't takes anything too seriously, which makes sense given the premise. He's here to entertain, nothing more.

As a whole, I enjoyed White House Down, and believe it the more entertaining of 2013's White House movies. I liked the majority of it enough to see it again one day, which means it's a Good.
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