Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx
The race was on between 2 major studios producing 2 similar movies to see which could get their film into cinemas first, knowing this could make or break their film. Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down are action packed dramas about an assault on the White House. Unfortunately for White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen which was an inferior film, was released months earlier. White House Down produced for US$150 was also twice the budget which shadowed its chance of success.
John Cale (Channing Tatum) is a US Capitol Police Officer trying to improve his relationship with his daughter Emily, who has a strong love for politics and the White House. Heís interviewed for a job in the secret service hoping this may impress her. After his chances are dashed, he takes his daughter on a tour of the White House. Hell breaks loose when terrorists implore the building, igniting explosives and Cale becomes separated from his daughter. Who are these terrorists? Are they from the Middle East or are they much closer to home? Cale must save the president and his daughter.
White House Down is an incredible adrenalin rush with explosive action sequences and captivating special effects. Channing Tatum is perfectly cast as the officer on a mission to save the president and all those taken hostage. Jamie Foxx is believable as President Sawyer and the two develop a friendship as they stumble from one improbable situation to the next, sharing funny lines and gags which are common for films in this genre. Thereís no awkwardness or cheesiness in the script and itís evident on screen why the budget was inflated. This film is is far superior to Olympus Has Fallen - but unfortunately, much less successful. JAKE † †