President of The United States of America blowing things off with Grenade launcher. That is as magical as seeing Tony Servillo wandering around Rome in The Great Beauty. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BLOWING THINGS OFF WITH GRENADE LAUNCHER.
Even though I strongly believe that one day Emmerich will deliver a masterpiece, it certainly isn't White House Down. All his usual jazz seems in place, and yet the flick seems overwhelmed by Emmerich's own craft. Specially, the excessive amount of characters presented, which do not feel warranted by the size of the film's event; concentrated in one location of large in importance but of small catastrophic scale.
How can there be suspense when you want to laugh all the time? The dead fall by the sound of shots (before impact) & Channing Tatum, the most clumsy actor since Bud SPENCER ! === Comment peut-il y avoir du suspense quand on a envie de rire tout le temps? Les morts tombent rien qu'au son des coups de feu (avant les impacts) & Channing TATUM, l'acteur le plus lourdingue depuis Bud SPENCER.
Some might find Emmerich one of the most altruistic film makers in Hollywood. Its clear he makes no big plans. He knows action, and while most action films become a messy plethora of cliches, Emmerich this time at least keeps us convinced of his game. Its tensely directed, while James Vandebilts script displays a sly and satirical edge. Its a skillful balancing act of the absurd and the rousing.