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White House Down

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Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). 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.

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Now this is what we want in a President of the United States: wisdom, humor, and the ability to wield a rocket launcher while hanging out of a limousine traveling at high speed. Welcome to the giddy world of White House Down, Roland Emmerich's absurd but hugely enjoyable thriller, in which President Jamie Foxx and other members of the government are taken hostage in a nefarious plot. Only security guy Channing Tatum, who happens to be on the White House tour with his daughter while the assault happens, stands in the way of disaster. Emmerich's weakness for glib one-liners coming right after mass destruction remains intact, and this movie is not great art. But it's genuinely suspenseful for much of its 130-minute running time, and Foxx and Tatum appear to be having good fun. The rest of the cast is impressively credentialed, too, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods as Secret Service veterans and Richard Jenkins as the Speaker of the House. Released a few months after Olympus Has Fallen, a film with a very similar plot, White House Down didn't connect with audiences. But it's the better movie of the two, a popcorn-muncher if ever there was one. --Robert Horton

Product Details

  • Actors: Nicolas Wright, Lance Reddick, Michael Murphy, Peter Jacobson, Jake Weber
  • Directors: Roland Emmerich
  • Producers: Roland Emmerich, Laeta Kalogridis, Harald Kloser, Bradley Fischer, Larry Franco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, NTSC, Digital_copy
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, Chinese, English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,833 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2H9P98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "White House Down" on IMDb

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By Strategos VINE VOICE on July 2, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Seriously, folks. If it wasn't incredibly obvious from the previews this is another PG-13 Die Hard with a different protagonist. It's got all the hilarious quotable quips, loud explosions, elevator climbing, crashing, bullet-flying, popcorn action you'd expect. It's smartly written, well-acted, and entertaining from beginning to end. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Is it silly? Very. It's absolutely what you want and expect from a Die Hard movie. It's also the most likable Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx have ever been in my opinion (yes, I actually sat through Step Up, She's the Man, Ray, and Stealth, slightly more traumatized with each new film).

If you are expecting Independence Day or Stargate levels of over-the-top sci-fi battle-royale-with-cheese you will be disappointed. If you just want a rollicking good time with a Die Hard flick set in the White House you're probably going to love this movie. It doesn't have a SINGLE annoying character and I actually laughed at the jokes. The performances by the superb cast are uniformly excellent. The sound, effects, camera-work, and overall direction of the film do not disappoint. Highly recommended to action fans who like things on the over-the-top entertaining side you can crunch popcorn to and wash down with a Slurpee.
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"I can't think of a more important job then protecting the President." John Cale (Tatum) is a policeman working in Washington D.C. Trying to reconnect with his young daughter he brings her with him to the White House for his interview with the Secret Service. While there they meet the President (Foxx) and she is having the best day. When a group attacks the White House and goes after the President the only person who is able to help is Cale. Now he has to try and protect both the President and get his daughter out safely. I was pretty excited about seeing this. I am a big Jamie Foxx fan, but I was leery of Tatum (not a fan). I will admit that the chemistry between them was very good and the movie had some very funny parts in this as well as wall to wall action. This is the latest movie in Hollywood's "I can do it better" series. Other movies in this club are Deep Impact & Armageddon, Illusionist & Prestige, movies with the same idea coming out close to each other. While Olympus Has Fallen was OK and worth seeing this one was way better and if you had to choose between the two this is the way to go. There really isn't a dull moment in this and I highly recommend it. Overall, not an Oscar type movie and a little predictable but a movie that is very exciting and fun. I really liked it. I give it an A-.
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A comedy-action movie that didn't find it's footing in either genre. The plot holes and utter silliness of the whole story made it impossible to suspend disbelief - I pray they didn't hire a military advisor on this film, as he or she must have been in the motor pool during their career. This movie is great, though, for 6-12 year old boys and girls. Any older than that and the entire movie will be a wasted viewing. Unless, that is, the viewer is comatose or heavily sedated.

For something similar, but slightly - slightly - more believable, check out Olympus Has Fallen.
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I was really impressed with Channing Tatum and Jamie Fox by how well and believable they made White House Down. The action and special effects were outstanding and the secrets from the White House were brought into the story and the hunt for the President and the police officer as they dodge the bad guys and unknown traitors in the rank and file. Yes the theme was a stretch and how a world class hacker forget how to disarm the explosives he designed boggles the mind but there were traitors and people who had their own agenda so maybe changed the bomb codes. Follow the story as you see a power play for the White House and who was one of the villains hiding in plain sight. A very fun and thrilling ride and a movie story being told.
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I went to see this movie with my husband and was pleasantly surprised. Although I like both of these actors, action films with political themes do not usually hold my interest...however, this film kept moving, kept twisting and turning...held my interest to the end. I know that some of the situations were a little far fetched, but who cares? I wanted to see something that would take my mind off of everyday situations and this film did just that! It had comedy, suspense, and action...I sooooo enjoyed this movie and will buy it on the release date.
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To be honest, this is far from realistic, and the events are over-the-top crazy, but this is an entertaining movie. Channing Tatum is not a great actor (in my opinion), but he did a terrific job in this movie. He's great with the action, and his interaction with his movie daughter is sweet. Jamie Foxx is always a fan favorite, and he doesn't fail to deliver. I even like the addition of his sneakers thrown in. If you're expecting a movie that realistically conveys what might happen when good guys go bad and want to overtake the white house, look elsewhere. If you want some laughs, a bit of drama, and a lot of action, then I recommend this movie. As for content, it's an action flick, so expect that, but I recall very little language--only one or two instances. If there was more, I didn't notice, and I tend to notice those things.
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