White House Down

Director Roland Emmerich’s most well-known film to date is 1996’s Independence Day, and for his latest film, he revisits one of the signature locations of that film. In White House Down, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star as a wannabe Secret Service agent and the President of the United States. When the White House comes under attack, John Cale (Tatum)—who just happens to be in the White House with his daughter after an interview with the Secret Service— ends up being the only person who can protect President James Sawyer (Foxx). While there are a few minor surprising twists, the film is largely predictable. That’s perfectly fine, though; Emmerich avoids the major mistake made earlier this year by the similar Olympus Has Fallen and keeps the action fast-paced and matches it with a healthy amount of humor and charm. It’s big, dumb action, but in the best possible sense.

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