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394 Ratings

White House Down

Directed by Roland Emmerich
United States, 2013
Action, Drama, Thriller


A rogue paramilitary group seizes control of the White House and threatens to kill the president if their demands are not met, yet one White House police officer attempts to foil their plans.

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White House Down Directed by Roland Emmerich
It’s surely Obama-as-action-hero that’s the main achievement in White House Down – and perhaps the reason why the film wasn’t such a big hit, having been released four years too late. I suspect it’ll age well, both as rip-roaring (if familiar) action movie and because it’s such a Time-capsule, reflecting America’s (and the world’s) brief infatuation with a US President who seemed more human than his predecessors.
September 30, 2013
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Emmerich revels in the outlandish spectacle of the event, filming from a bird’s-eye to properly convey the grandiose stupidity on display. For all its welcome silliness, White House Down eventually succumbs to its more derivative impulses. The final act is so bloated with plot that you almost forget the spry nature of the early sequences.
September 12, 2013
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I, for one, was certainly glad when it was over. Others will no doubt enjoy the action stuff, the interactions between its two heroes and the adorable sentimental flag-waving triumphalism. Which is all good, I guess. Anybody who falls for any of the movie’s ostensible “plot twists,” though, are not people I would want to see operating heavy machinery.
June 28, 2013
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