White House Down starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal opens in theaters this Friday, June 28th 2013. The theme of this new action film has been compared to the recent movie: Olympus Has Fallen but has it made its mark to the audiences? White House Down features Channing Tatum as a father who is trying to find work in the White House and trying not to disappoint his daughter takes her on a tour in the White House. Little did he know that he will need to step up to save his child and protect the president of the United States. Let’s check out if White House Down made an impression to film critics below:
“Comparing White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen
First things first: Is “White House Down” essentially the same movie as “Olympus Has Fallen”? The answer is a resounding yes. Here you have Channing Tatumstanding in for Gerard Butler as the unlikely (read: non-Secret Service) saver of the day. Then you have Jamie Foxxstepping into the Aaron Eckhart role of the incorruptible president of the United States. Richard Jenkins is the Morgan Freeman House speaker/acting president. As Mr. Tatum’s daughter, Joey King here functions as the adolescent liability much like the president’s son in “Olympus” played by Finley Jacobsen.
Beyond the two films’ obviously shared premise of a White House under siege, their villains are similarly motivated by the prospect of controlling America’s nuclear arsenal. Then again, both are basically “Die Hard” set inside the White House, so it’s not like “Olympus” could lay claim to originality just for hitting the multiplexes three months earlier. The most pronounced difference between the two movies is a political one: Whereas the antagonists in “Olympus” were North Koreans, in “White House Down” they are radical right-wingers, racist zealots, wanton hackers, cracked soldiers and the entire military industrial complex at large. So which of the two you would find more enjoyable is dependent entirely on whether you’re a hardcore xenophobe or a hardcore liberal.
The only other marked difference is that “Olympus” is more packed with action while “White House Down” is more humorous. Since “Olympus” made quite a splash at the box office, one has to wonder about the timing of “White House Down.” One would hope that the moviegoing masses’ collective attention span isn’t that short. In spite of the aforementioned lack of originality, James Vanderbilt’s screenplay works like a well-oiled machine. The one or two gaping plot holes are effectively glossed over by director Roland Emmerich. He is evidently expert at blowing up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But just in case you’ve forgotten, he’s not above making a pointed reference to “Independence Day.” In addition to credibly cementing himself as a man of action, Mr. Tatum here also establishes himself as a Harrison Ford-type family man. While none of the tentpoles this summer are doozies, this one is at least something worth cheering about.”
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