Rated PG-13 · 131 minutes · 2013

Action, Thriller
Director Roland Emmerich has made watchable, fun trash before (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012). He’s the new Irwin Allen, and I often get a kick out of his silly disaster movies. This one, starring Channing Tatum as a lawman who happens to be touring the White House when terrorists take over, is a complete bust. It’s too stupid to be fun, and it doesn’t offer enough cool special effects devastation to offset the moronic storytelling. (The Capitol getting destroyed is the only memorable moment of carnage.) Jamie Foxx plays the president, an Obama clone, taken hostage in a homeland terrorist scheme that is beyond impossible. Throw in a precocious daughter (Joey King) and James Woods doing his James Woods routine and you have a movie full to the brim with useless clichés. Tatum, so much fun in 21 Jump Street, is left stranded in a movie that couldn’t be dumber if it tried, and Emmerich has given us one of the summer’s worst movies and likely biggest bombs.
Official Site: www.whitehousedown.com/site
Director: Roland Emmerich
Producer: Bradley Fischer, Harald Kloser, James Vanderbilt, Larry Franco, Laeta Kalogridis, Ute Emmerich, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, James Woods, Joey King, Nicolas Wright, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Murphy, Rachelle Lefevre, Lance Reddick, Matt Craven, Jake Weber, Peter Jacobson, Barbara Williams, Kevin Rankin, Garcelle Beauvais and Falk Hentschel


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Memphis Flyer Basic-cable action at multiplex prices. by Addison Engelking 07/04/2013
Colorado Springs Independent White House Down: Protect the precedent This is an action movie for action junkies, a mindless fantasy excursion that tears apart one of the safest places in the world, and does so with gusto. by Dan Hudak 06/26/2013
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Creative Loafing Tampa White House way Down Obama’s got it easy compared to Jamie Foxx in the laughable White House Down. by Joe Bardi 06/27/2013
The Coast Halifax White House Down Guns 'n' muscles, muscles 'n' guns by Jacob Boon 06/27/2013
Charleston City Paper Is White House Down worth $10? Yes. German-born director Roland Emmerich can’t stop destroying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. First he incinerated the White House in Independence Day (1996), then he washed it away in a tsunami in 2012 (2009). Now he returns to the president’s place with White House Down, a visual feast for the eyes that’s a ’roid-raging mash-up of Die Hard and Air Force One. by Dan Hudak 06/27/2013
Portland Mercury Chatum and Joxx: Ultimate Bromance White House Down and the meaning of life. by Erik Henriksen 06/26/2013

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