White House Down (2013)


Director: Roland Emmerich

Writer: James Vanderbilt (Screenplay)

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Richard Jenkins, Joel King, James Woods, Jimmi Simpson, Michael Murphy, Rachelle Lefevre, Lance Reddick


Plot: When John Cale (Tatum) has an interview to be part of President James Sawyer’s (Foxx) secret service team he gets rejected, not wanting to let his daughter Emily (King) down he takes her on a tour of the White House. Whilst on the tour Stenz (Clarke) and his team take over the White House. Having inside help the team all with alternative motives secure the White House. It is down to Cale to save the President and his daughter before world war three breaks out.


Verdict: Action pack thriller

Story: Part action part conspiracy we get everything to make a fun action film. WE get more twists than we would be used to in an action film as well as plenty of over the top action. It is another story that involves making the President the ultimate good guy like Independence Day, Deep Impact and Olympus Has Fallen. It also makes the lone hero dodge every bullet even from trained soldiers. For a film that is two hours long it keep you entertained from start to finish. (9/10)


Actor Review: Channing Tatum – John Cale the man with all the potential to be a great secret service agent but with bad CV and not the best education he doesn’t get a chance. Channing is proving to be one of the few young action stars making an impact in Hollywood and this role continues to help him shine in the role. Kick Ass Award (9/10)


Actor Review: Jamie Foxx – President James Sawyer the leader of the free world who gets betrayed by the people he trusts the most. Foxx joins the ranks of Pullman, Freeman and Eckhart with a memorable President role. (8/10)

Actor Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal – Finnerty second in command of the secret service has to help Cale from the outside as well as trying to keep the other powers from taking over. Good supporting performances trying to keep everything calm even after what emotional trauma she struggles to go through with her mentor turning on his Country. (8/10)


Actor Review: Jason Clarke – Stenz leader of the team that take over the White House. Good supporting role with motivation and a psychotic side all make up for a great soldier for the cause. (8/10)


Actor Review: James Woods – Walker head of the secret service that turns on his President to get revenge for his son’s death. Good villainous role from the acting legend creating the very real terror of a home invasion on the White House. (8/10)


Director Review: Roland Emmerich – We all know Roland can make a fun action film this continues that trend. (9/10)


Scene Stealer Award – Donnie The Guide & Tyler the Hacker – Both great roles in which a smaller supporting role steals the scenes.


Action: Plenty of action throughout. (10/10)

Thriller: Keeps you sitting at the edge of your seat from start to finish. (9/10)

Special Effects: Good use of special effects but a couple of shots you can tell are blue screens. (6/10)

Believability: The neutral mark to say you make of it what you want to believe. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: I think there could be a few. (2/10)

Settings: With all the action taking place inside the White House gives a great setting matching up to Air Force One and Die Hard. (10/10)

Suggestion: Action films can have selective audience but once you hit a side of fun you can get a lot more people behind a film. This is one that is enjoyable from start to finish with all the action being over the top so you can just sit relax and enjoy. (Watch)


Best Part: Plenty of twists and turns

Worst Part: The lawn car scene

Action Scene Of The Film: The roof scene

Kill Of The Film: Killick

Funniest Scene: The Tour guide takes the hostages to freedom

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Similar Too: Olympus Has Fallen


Overall: A great Action thriller



  1. Dan O. – Philadelphia, Pa – I just love everything about films. Watching, reviewing, discussing, anything about films is what I love.
    CMrok93 says:

    Good review Darren. It’s quite possibly the dumbest movie I saw last summer, and that’s more of a good thing, than a bad one. However, I did think Olympus Has Fallen was just a bit better, due to its serious-approach and for actually getting me involved with its story.

    • I agree that Olympus was more serious, but i feel this has more re-watch value cause you can just enjoy and pick it up from nearly anywhere and watch to the end

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